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Troy Maroney / Special to The Forum, Published December 30 2012

Jackrabbits run past Bison women

BROOKINGS – It didn’t take the South Dakota State Jackrabbits long to show that they are aiming for a regular-season Summit League title to go along with their four consecutive tournament crowns.

SDSU jumped on North Dakota State early and cruised to a 76-57 win in the league opener for both women’s basketball teams on Sunday at Frost Arena in Brookings.

“It was a good win – I thought we played really well,” said SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston. “Our first group was really good – offensively and defensively. They shot the ball well, defended, rebounded and did everything we wanted.”

After Holly Johnson’s trey gave North Dakota State a 3-2 lead less than a minute into the game, it was all Jackrabbits as they ripped off back-to-back 8-0 runs in the first six minutes of the game for an 18-5 lead.

It didn’t get any better for the Bison.

Hannah Linz knocked down a 3-pointer to pull NDSU within nine points at 18-9, but then the Jacks went on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to stretch their lead to 20 points.

“I was pleased with our players’ response coming out at halftime,” said NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff. “Against South Dakota State – the team that they are and how they are physical with you. They’re fast and in terms of transition, I think it took us a little bit to figure that out.”

Johnson, Dani DeGagne and Katie Birkel each scored 11 points for the Bison.

North Dakota State (4-9, 0-1 Summit): Johnson 5-7 0-1 11, Whittle 1-7 1-2 3, DeGagne 4-11 3-3 11, Birkel 5-12 0-0 11, Van Kirk 0-3 3-4 3, Keena 4-6 0-0 8, Linz 2-5 0-0 6, Stephenson 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 23-56 7-10 57.

South Dakota State (9-5, 1-0 Summit): Strop 3-5 0-0 9, Dietel 5-7 4-4 14, Boever 1-3 2-2 4, Waytashek 6-8 2-2 17, Eide 9-13 0-0 20, Stuart 2-7 1-2 5, Heiser 0-1 1-2 1, Hart 0-1 0-0 0, Cornemann 1-4 1-1 3, Walters 0-1 0-0 0, Clarin 1-4 0-0 2, Lingle 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 28-56 12-15 76.

Halftime – SDSU 45-19. 3-point goals – NDSU 4-13 (Johnson 1-1, Whittle 0-2, DeGagne 0-1, Birkel 1-3, Van Kirk 0-1, Linz 2-5); SDSU 8-13 (Strop 3-4, Waytashek 3-3, Eide 2-4, Cornemann 0-1). Rebounds – NDSU 33 (DeGagne 6, Van Kirk 6); SDSU 32 (Dietel 8). Assists – NDSU 15 (Birkel 5); SDSU 17 (Boever 4, Cornemann 4). Steals – NDSU 5 (Birkel 4); SDSU 11 (Boever 4). Blocks – NDSU 5 (Whittle 2); SDSU 3 (Strop, Dietel, Lingle). Turnovers – NDSU 17; SDSU 11. Total fouls – NDSU 11; SDSU 12. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None. A – 1,959.