The South Dakota State Jackrabbits handed IUPUI a conference loss on Saturday evening as the Jags fell 66-52. The Jackrabbits proved why they are the current number one team in the Summit League as they raised their conference record to 15-2 and secured themselves a first place seed for the conference tournament.
The Jackrabbits jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and never looked back, holding the lead for the entire game. The Jaguars battled through the game though and a Katie Comello three pointer with 6:43 left in the game brought IUPUI to within three points of the lead. However, the offensive firepower of SDSU was too much for the Jags as the Jackrabbits finished the game on a 16-5 run.
Kerah Nelson led IUPUI in scoring with 21 points and also chipped in seven rebounds on the night. Dawn Luster added nine points, and Comello and Emily Phillips both finished with eight points. Freshman Nevena Markovic was largely absent for the Jags as she played only three minutes while suffering from the flu.
“This is one of the toughest places to play in our conference and our ladies fought to the end and we put ourselves in a position to win the game, but we just ran out of bodies and they just made plays at the end of the game,” said head coach Austin Parkinson.
South Dakota State’s Jill Young scored nine points in the final four minutes to finish off the Jags.
The Jaguars will finish off the regular season on Monday when they take on North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. ET.