Nate Wolters scored a school-record 53 points and broke another mark with nine three-pointers as South Dakota State defeated IPFW 80-74 Thursday night at Memorial Coliseum.
Wolters’ point total is the highest this season by a Division I player, bettering a 47-point performance by Oakland’s Travis Bader on Jan. 24 against IUPUI. He broke Dave Thomas’ school record of 44 points (March 10, 1973 vs. Coe College) and Randy Suarez’s mark of eight three-pointers (Feb. 7, 1987 vs. Augustana).
Wolters was 9 for 14 from beyond the arc, 17 for 28 overall and 10 for 11 at the free-throw line. He scored 38 of his points in the second half, helping South Dakota State (19-6, 10-2 Summit) shoot 64 percent from the floor and overcome an 11-point deficit.
Wolters’ three-pointer with 1:47 remaining gave the Jackrabbits their first lead of the half, 70-68, and helped them finish on a 13-6 run.
Frank Gaines led IPFW (10-15, 3-8) with 29 points. The Mastodons led 37-29 at halftime.
No. 8 PENN STATE 76, INDIANA 54: In Bloomington, Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 20 points to lead the Nittany Lions (19-3, 9-1 Big Ten), who have won 13 of their last 14 games.
Mia Nickson had 13 points and Dara Taylor added 10 for Penn State. Aulani Sinclair had 21 and Jasmine McGhee had 12 for the Hoosiers (10-13, 1-9), who have lost eight straight.
No. 9 GEORGIA 61, AUBURN 58: In Atlanta, Jasmine Hassell scored 15 points as the Bulldogs handed the Tigers their seventh straight loss.
No. 10 KENTUCKY 79, ARKANSAS 74, OT: In Fayetteville, Ark., Bria Goss scored 16 of her 17 points after halftime as the Wildcats rallied.
No. 16 NORTH CAROLINA 80, BOSTON COLLEGE 52: In Boston, Xylina McDaniel had 15 points and seven rebounds as the Tar Heels handed coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory.
Hatchell joins Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt in the women’s 900-win club.
No. 18 DAYTON 78, XAVIER 68: In Dayton, Samantha MacKay scored 18 points and had seven assists as the Flyers reached 20 victories for the sixth consecutive season.
Andrea Hoover’s three-pointer broke a 36-all tie in the second half and started Dayton (20-1, 8-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) on a 21-7 run that was capped by MacKay’s three-pointer for a 57-43 lead with 10:04 left.
No. 20 DELAWARE 77, TOWSON 55: In Towson, Md., Elena Della Donne scored 19 points with 11 rebounds as the Blue Hens beat Towson for the sixth consecutive time.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 72, IPFW 62: In Brookings, S.D., the Mastodons got down by 12 at halftime, 36-24, and could never overcome the deficit.
Amanda Hyde had 29 points for IPFW (8-14, 4-6 Summit League).
BALL STATE 68, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 61: In Muncie, the host Cardinals improved to 8-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
Nathalie Fontaine had 23 points for Ball State (12-11).