Bench play helped lead the South Dakota State women to a victory over Northern Illinois Tuesday night at Frost Arena. Of the four Jacks that scored double-digit points, two were subs, Megan Stuart and Kerri Young. The extra help has been a big benefit to a team that's ready for a Christmas break.
The month of December has been a winner so far for the SDSU women. Five games, five victories and just two games left on the schedule after last night's 67-50 win over Northern Illinois.
"We got the floor spread a little bit differently in the second half and found some ways to get to the basket and make some free throws. That was a good win. That was a long stretch of basketball for us. It's nice to have it behind us. Now we can focus on one more before Christmas," head coach Aaron Johnston said.
The Jackrabbits next contest is at Middle Tennessee State this Saturday. It's the first on a three-game road stretch that ends in South Bend on Jan. 2nd.
"They play well at home. They had a home game recently, they had 10,000 people there. It's kind of a big deal for them. We're looking forward to that challenge. We've had a good run here but we'll have to play really well down at their place to be in the game. It will be a fun challenge for us," Johnston said.
It will be a tough atmosphere but if Johnston's crew can keep getting performances from players up and down the roster, that five-game win streak could be extended. On top of Meghan Waytashek's 19 point night Tuesday, Hannah Strop chipped in with 10 and seven boards.
"A lot of attention goes to some of our other players. She's been a rock, she really has been, offensively and defensively. She's able to play more minutes now and when she's on the floor I just feel like we're better at everything," Johnston said.
Tip-off from Tennessee this Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m.