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SDSU women cruise past USD; Drake edges UNI

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SDSU has won seven in a row. SDSU has won seven in a row.

With three players scoring in double figures, South Dakota State extended its win streak to seven games with an 88-69 victory over South Dakota in Summit League women's basketball action Sunday in front of a season-high 2,540 fans in Frost Arena. The victory pushes SDSU's home-court win streak to 14 games.

Junior guard Megan Waytashek (Lino Lakes, Minn.) scored a game-high 20 points while classmate Gabby Boever (Worthington, Minn.) added 15. Senior guard Steph Paluch (Pierre) scored 13 points and had a team-high five assists. Waytashek and senior forward Hannah Strop (New Prague, Minn.) each grabbed six rebounds.

The Jackrabbits, now 16-7 overall and 7-0 in conference play, broke from a 10-10 tie at 13:33 to take a 31-19 lead with 8:24 remaining in the first half on a basket by senior guard Tara Heiser (Watertown). SDSU eventually pushed the lead to 18, 53-35, after a three-point field goal by Boever, one of the Jacks' nine first-half three-pointers.

SDSU's 53 first-half points are the most it scored in the first half since scoring 55 in the Dec. 11, 2013, win over then 12th-ranked Penn State. The Jackrabbits made 17 of 32 field goals in the first 20 minutes.

SDSU did not allow the Coyotes any closer than 13 points in the second half.

USD was led by Nicole Seekamp's 13 points and five assists. Bridget Arens added 12 points.

South Dakota State begins a two-game road trip when it travels to Fort Wayne, Ind., to take on the Mastodons at 6 p.m. in Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info

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Cedar Falls, IA

The University of Northern Iowa women's basketball battled to the last second with in-state rival Drake today inside the McLeod Center, falling to the Bulldogs 66-64. UNI is now 10-10 overall and 6-3 in MVC play.

UNI held a one-point lead with 26 seconds left in the game, but Drake's Carly Grenfell converted on a three-pointer with 10 seconds on the clock to give the Bulldogs the two-point victory.

The Panthers were led by three players notching double-doubles. Jen Keitel finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds while Hannah Schonhardt added 11 points and a career-high 17 boards. Stephanie Davison added 10 points and 11 rebounds to the stat sheet for her first career double-double.

The Panthers took an early 7-0 lead, holding Drake scoreless up until the 15:24 mark in the first half. Kyndal Clark was finally able to score the Bulldogs first basket of the game to make the score 7-2 heading into the first media timeout.

Drake was able to cut the UNI lead to just two points after Lizzy Wendell hit a three-pointer, making the score 14-12. Both teams continued to trade baskets with Hannah Schonhardt scoring five straight points for UNI to give them a 19-16 lead with 10:14 remaining in the half.

The Bulldogs tied the score again at the 4:18 mark after Wendell found herself in the lane for a layup, giving the game a 27-27 score. Stephanie Davison knocked down a three-pointer with less than a minute to play to give UNI the lead back, sending the Panthers into halftime with a 32-31 lead.

UNI jumped out to a six-point lead when Brittni Donaldson hit a three-pointer, but Drake cut it back down on the next play with a trey of their own to make the score 41-38 with 15:55 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs continued to put pressure on UNI, tying the score 41-41, but Brooke Brown drained a three to give UNI a 44-41 lead just seconds later.

Donaldson knocked down another trey for the Panthers, followed by Brown's third three-pointer of the game to give UNI a 57-49 lead with 8:14 remaining. Drake was able to cut down UNI's lead again after scoring five unanswered points, but Brown put a stop to their run with another trey to make the score 60-54.

The Panthers took a four-point lead with less than a minute to play after Keitel went strong to the basket and converted on a layup. Drake was able to answer and cut the lead to just one point with 24 seconds on the clock, making the score 64-63.

Drake then hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the game to take a two-point lead, making the score 66-64 to defeat the Panthers.

Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications

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