Jackrabbits thump Northern Iowa

BROOKINGS, S.D. – The Jackrabbits got the jump on Northern Iowa.

The South Dakota State women’s basketball team scored the first 15 points of the game and pounded the Panthers, 80-44, in non-conference play Sunday at Frost Arena.

Northern Iowa (1-2) missed their first eight shots and did not score until Ty Smith tallied a layup with 14:28 left to play in the first half. SDSU (2-2) led 34-17 at the break and coasted to the win.

Steph Paluch made a career-high four 3-pointers to pace the Jackrabbits with 16 points. Kerri Young came off the bench to contribute a career-best 13 points, as did Chloe Cornemann with her nine points.

Twelve of the SDSU players to get in the game scored. The Jacks shot 12-for-24 from 3-point range and handily won the rebounding battle, 50-38.

Jen Keitel led Northern Iowa in scoring for the second straight game, netting 14 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds. Smith’s 12 points off the bench were her season high.

The Panthers shot just 1-for-20 from 3-point land, a miserable 5 percent performance.

UNI remains on the road Wednesday, visiting Fargo, N.D., for a 7 p.m. game against North Dakota State.