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.
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