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Jackrabbits win in overtime

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 11/11/2012 14:37:02
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sophomore forward Mariah Clarin scored 14 of her career-high 16 points after halftime, leading South Dakota State to a 65-56 overtime victory over Washington State in the consolation game of the Best Buy Classic Sunday at Williams Arena.

The Jackrabbits evened their record at 1-1, while Washington State, playing its second overtime game in as many days, dropped to 0-2.

SDSU trailed by as many as eight points early in the first five minutes of the second half before rallying to take the lead at 45-43 on a three-pointer by freshman Chloe Cornemann with 8 minutes, 19 seconds to play in regulation. The Jackrabbits extended the lead to 50-44 on a three-pointer by all-tournament selection Megan Waytashek with 5:51 to play, but SDSU would be held scoreless the remainder of regulation.

The Cougars knotted the game at 50-all on a basket by Hana Potter with 1:07 to play in regulation and had a chance to win the game just before the buzzer, but Lia Galdeira's floater rimmed off to send the game into overtime.

The extra session was all Jackrabbits, who went 5-for-7 from the field in the final five minutes. Clarin opened the scoring with a traditional three-point play and added a pair of free throws before the SDSU lead grew to as many as 12 points in the final minute. Ashley Eide added a pair of key baskets in the stretch run en route to 12 points and five assists.

Waytashek finished with 13 points, while Katie Lingle came off the bench to score 12. Leah Dietel pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to pace SDSU's 51-50 advantage on the boards.

SDSU led by six, 18-12, midway through the first half and maintained the lead for much of the opening stanza before Washington State closed with a 14-4 run to take a 26-22 lead into intermission.

Tia Presley led the Cougars with 13 points, followed by 12 points from Galdeira, who was named to the all-tournament team after scoring 33 points in a double-overtime loss to host Minnesota on Saturday. Potter collected a game-high 10 rebounds to lead WSU.

The Jackrabbits ended the afternoon 25-of-73 from the field, 34.2 percent, including 7-of-23 from three-point range. SDSU converted 8-of-12 free throw attempts, 66.7 percent.

Washington State fared worse from the field, going 23-of-70, 32.9 percent, including 1-of-15 from behind the arc. The Cougars made 9-of-15 free throw tries, 60 percent.

SDSU opens the home season Wednesday night, hosting Creighton (Neb.). Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Frost Arena.

NOTES: The Jackrabbits improved to 3-0 all-time against Washington State ... SDSU avoided its first 0-2 start since the 1982-83 season ... the Jackrabbits had an 18-16 advantage in bench points and a 13-11 edge in second-chance points ... Waytashek set a career high with nine rebounds ... Gabby Boever tied a career high with four assists

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