FARGO -- North Dakota State could game plan for a year against South Dakota State guard Macy Miller, and not much would probably result from it. Not when the Jackrabbits’ senior is bigger, stronger and faster than everybody else.

And throw in better, also. Miller did what she wanted scoring 30 points on 13 of 16 field goals and the Jackrabbits stomped the Bison 88-48 Saturday afternoon in Summit League women’s basketball at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

“Macy was excellent in this game,” said SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston. “She’s one of the very best players in the Midwest.”

If not the country. The Jacks have played three top 10 teams this season in Baylor, Oregon and Marquette. Comparing Miller to those players is within reason.

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“All those coaches have nothing but positive things to say about Macy and where she fits,” Johnston said.

It was yet another display in the stark difference between the two programs. It was SDSU’s 10th straight win in the series and improved its record in the Division I era to 25-5. The Jacks have won 18 of the last 19 since 2010.

That included a 53-point win last month in Brookings. Saturday proved that margin of victory was no fluke -- the largest lead was 45 points before the Jackrabbits emptied their bench.

“We put it right behind us, in the locker room we called a spade a spade,” said NDSU head coach Maren Walseth. “They’re a very good basketball team. We played hard. We didn’t play smart all the time but I don’t question our effort.”

SDSU won its 10th straight win since losing 105-98 at South Dakota in early January.

The Bison dropped their seventh straight and if the Summit League tournament was to start today they would have to face the Jacks in the first round.

The Jacks scored the final 10 points of the first half to take a 43-24 halftime lead. At that point, Miller had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and zero turnovers and was on her way to a rare triple double.

“Wow, a lot makes her good,” Walseth said. “She put on a clinic tonight, especially in transition.”

Moreover, it looked effortless. The entire team looked effortless for that matter; the Jackrabbits had one turnover as late as the third quarter and finished with five.

“We had a good focus about us,” Johnston said.

NDSU was led by Michelle Gaislerova with 16 points.



SDSU 21 22 24 21

NDSU 15 9 7 17

SDSU (20-6, 12-1 Summit): Guebert 6-9 3-3 18, Miller 13-16 3-5 30, Irwin 0-4 1-2 1, Larson 4-7 0-0 8, Selland 2-5 0-0 4, Casico Jensen 2-4 0-0 6, Palmer 2-2 0-0 5, Buckhard 5-8 0-0 10, Theuninck 1-3 0-0 2, Ferrand 1-2 0-0 3, Stapleton 0-0 0-0 0, Bultsma 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 36-61 8-12 88.

NDSU (6-19, 3-10 Summit): Nudell 0-5 2-2 2, Gaislerova 6-12 1-1 16, Spencer 1-6 1-2 4, Fernandez 1-5 0-0 2, Dietz 4-8 1-1 9, Zivaljevic 4-10 0-0 9, Rimdal 1-2 0-0 2, Voegeli 2-4 0-0 4, Norman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 19-52 5-6 48.

Total fouls: SDSU 9, NDSU 11. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: SDSU 35 (Miller 8); NDSU 29 (Nudell 7). 3-point goals: SDSU 8-16 (Guebert 3-5, Miller 1-2, Irwin 0-1, Cascio Jensen 2-3, Theuninck 0-1, Ferrand 1-2, Palmer 1-); NDSU 5-17 (Nudell 0-2, Gaislerova 3-5, Spencer 1-4, Fernandez 0-1, Zivaljevic 1-5). Assists: SDSU 22 (Miller 5); NDSU 9 (Nudell 4). Turnovers: SDSU 5 (five with 1); NDSU 18 (Nudell 8).