South Dakota State junior Macy Miller scored the game-winning jumper at the buzzer as the Jackrabbits defeated Iowa, 66-64, Sunday afternoon in the Hawkeye Challenge in front of 3,826 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
SDSU improves to 4-0, marking the best start to the season since 2008-09. Iowa falls to 4-1.
Miller, who was named the tournament MVP, broke a 64-64 tie after Iowa’s Megan Gustafson scored a put-back basket with five second remaining.
The Mitchell native recorded a game-high 22 points and a team-and personal-best 10 rebounds to record her third collegiate double-double. Senior Clarissa Ober finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Junior Ellie Thompson netted 11 points and sophomore Madison Guebert added 10 points and 3 steals. The trio was named to the all-tournament team.
Gustafson led Iowa with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Ally Disterhoft had 16 points.
After leading 38-25 at halftime, the Jackrabbits took its largest lead of the game when Ober hit a 3-pointer with 1:02 left in the third quarter. Guebert then sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put SDSU up 54-41 at the end of the quarter.
Iowa battled back in the fourth quarter, using a 12-4 run to pull within five, 58-53, on a Gustafson layup with 5:05 remaining. Miller sank her lone 3-pointer of the game to put the Jacks up by eight, 61-53, but a 9-2 Hawkeye run cut the lead to 63-62 game.
With 20 second left, Miller made the first of a two free throws to put South Dakota State up 64-62. Hawkeye Tania Davis then missed a layup with five seconds before Gustafson’s put-back basket.
South Dakota State travels to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Coyotes improve to 3-1 with win over Tulsa
South Dakota sophomore guard Allison Arens stripped the ball off Tulsa guard Erika Wakefield and drove in a layup on the other end in the final minute to seal a Coyote 71-68 victory over Tulsa at Donald W. Reynolds Center on Sunday afternoon.
South Dakota (3-1) earns its first win over a team from the American Athletic Conference, while Tulsa (1-3) falls to Summit League foes in back-to-back contests.
Arens’ layup put the Coyotes up by one, 69-68, with 20 seconds to play. Wakefield traveled on the Hurricanes’ next possession to give the ball back to the Coyotes. Three consecutive Hurricane fouls put Arens on the stripe. Arens missed twice, but senior center Abigail Fogg pulled down the offensive board for the Coyotes. Arens was fouled once again, making both of her next two to put the Coyotes up 71-68. Sophomore guard Jaycee Bradley strategically fouled Tulsa’s Alexis Gaulden on the inbounds play to prevent a last second shot attempt. Gaulden missed both free throws, giving the Coyotes their first road win of the season.
Bradley tied her career high of 17 points while shooting 60 percent (6-for-10) from the field and making five from outside the arc. Bradley ended a seven minute Coyote scoring drought in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer with 3:11 to play.
Arens scored 17 points, dished out seven assists, grabbed six boards and had five steals. She finished 9-for-12 from the free-throw line. Freshman guard Ciara Duffy was the third Coyote in double figures with 13 points.
Fogg’s offensive board late in the game was one of a game-high 10. Fogg becomes the first Coyote to reach double figures on the boards this season. She added seven points.
Tulsa was led by Gaulden’s 19 points off the bench and starting guard Tatyana Perez’s 16. Gaulden shot 70 percent (7-of-10) from the field and added five triples. Forward Crystal Polk was the third Hurricane in double figures with 11 points.
The game featured 18 lead changes and eight tied scores. The Hurricanes shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field while the Coyotes shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55). South Dakota won the battle of the boards 38-26 and had 19 second chance points.
South Dakota continues its four-game road stretch in California next weekend. The Coyotes tip off with UC Riverside at 7 p.m. Friday.