WBK: Women’s Basketball Wins Thriller in Overtime
WASHINGTON, D.C.-In its first overtime game of the year, the South Dakota State women's basketball came away with a 97-88 win at George Washington in a nonconference game in front of 1,135 fans.
The Jackrabbits outscored the Colonials 18-9 in overtime, shot 60 percent from the field and got a pair of 3-pointers from senior Alexis Alexander to put the game away.
Leading 85-83, the point guard sank her first long range shot of the second half with 2:52 left. The Colonials responded with a 3-pointer of their own to keep it a two-point game. Alexander then knocked down her second with 2:06 remaining to give State the 91-86 lead.
Junior Madison Guebert and senior Ellie Thompson sank six free throws in the final 1:07 to move South Dakota State to 2-0 on the season and drop George Washington to 0-2.
Junior Macy Miller led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field and three 3-pointers. She also had a team-best six rebounds and seven assists.
Alexander tallied a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and a personal-best three long range baskets. Guebert finished with 16 points and three assists. Freshman Tylee Irwin came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points, sinking four 3-pointers in the first half. Senior Ellie Thompson scored her 1,000th career point early in the game and finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
The Jackrabbits shot 52.4 percent from the field, 81 percent from the free-throw line and 51.9 percent from 3-point range, sinking 14 3-pointers.
Thompson becomes SDSU's 36th Jackrabbit to score 1,000 career points. The forward sank the first of two free throws with 7:32 to play in the first quarter. The senior now has 1,009 career points and is 35th on the all-time list.
Miller produced her second consecutive 20-plus point game and 15th of her career. The points moved her into 28th in career scoring with 1,155 points.
Guebert's 16 points gives her 872 career points, 128 points shy of 1,000 career points.
South Dakota State improves to 10-3 in overtime games since moving to Division I. It was also the fourth road overtime win and the first since knocking off then-No. 25 Arkansas Dec. 4, 2014.
The last time State sank 14 3-pointers was against Northern Illinois March 6, 2017, in the WNIT. The Jacks last shot 50 percent-or-higher from long range at Fort Wayne Feb. 18, 2017, when they shot 63.6 percent.
South Dakota State returns to the friendly confines of Frost Arena Wednesday when it hosts regional rival and future Summit League member North Dakota at 7 p.m.
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