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Balanced effort lifts SDSU women to win over Montana State

Jan. 6—BROOKINGS — South Dakota State women's basketball completed a 2-0 sweep in the Big Sky-Summit League challenge by defeating Montana State 61-53 Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena.

There was no hangover effect following a double-overtime win over Northern Arizona in Flagstaff Wednesday night. The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 24-15 lead over the Bobcats, and sustained it to the finish.

SDSU (9-5) got a balanced effort from its team, with three players tabbing double digits and five others making the score sheet. Madison Mathiowetz notched 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting, while Paige Meyer scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting and Brooklyn Meyer had 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting.

With the Jacks leading by 11 in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats went on a 7-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Taylor Janssen to cut the lead to 54-51 with 5:14 remaining. However, Ellie Colbeck immediately answered with a 3-pointer to cut the lead back to six, and sealing the game.

Marah Dykstra led Montana State with 14 points, and Janssen had 11 points.

The Jacks will host St. Thomas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 in Summit League play.