BROOKINGS, S.D. — The South Dakota State Jackrabbits clinched the Summit League regular-season title with a 69-56 win over Paige Frauendorfer and the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Thursday.
Frauendorfer had 24 points as the Mavericks lost in what was their first game since Feb. 9. The 24 points was one short the senior guard’s season high and two off her career high. She also hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.
UNO took an early 8-6 lead before falling behind 18-12 at the 12:09 mark in the first half. Stacia Gebers provided momentum off the bench with a layup and Ericka House had three of her 14 points to make it 18-17 with 10:59 left in the half.
The Mavs were able to keep it close the rest of the half. After a 7-0 Jackrabbit run, Frauendorfer responded with two buckets over the final 3:05 — including a baseline jumper at the buzzer — that pulled UNO within 38-33 at halftime.
In the second half, the Mavs answered short South Dakota State runs with runs of their own. Frauendorfer beat the shot clock with 10:25 left to make it 52-49 before UNO’s offense sputtered. House’s 3-pointer with 4:16 remaining snapped a 6:09 scoring drought. But in the meantime, the Jackrabbits had built a 14-point lead.
UNO shot 34.4 percent from the field as South Dakota State finished at 46.3 percent, doubling the Mavs’ total 3-pointers with eight. The Jackrabbits also made all 11 of their free throws.
UNO lost the rebounding battle 39-31. The Jackrabbits also held a 18-8 advantage in assists.
Jamie Nash dished out five assists, breaking her own single-season school record of 166. She now has 168 assists with three regular-season games remaining.
The Summit title was South Dakota State’s second straight and fourth in six years.
The Mavs will travel farther north Saturday when they take on North Dakota State at 7 p.m.
Frauendorfer given academic honor
UNO guard Paige Frauendorfer was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team on Thursday.
Fraudendorfer is the Mavericks’ leading scorer, averaging 14.4 points per game. The senior biology major also has a 3.94 GPA.
Frauendorfer is the first UNO women’s basketball player to receive academic All-America honors since 1997.