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Women's college basketball: Boever, South Dakota State lose heartbreaker

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Worthington native Gabby Boever and her South Dakota State women's basketball team came within seconds of pulling off another major upset Monday.The 12th-seeded Jackrabbits -- who beat No. 5 Miami 74-71 on Saturday -- were in...

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FILE PHOTO South Dakota State University senior Gabby Boever (4) — a Worthington native — drives past Brianna Turner of Notre Dame during a Jackrabbits game earlier this season at Frost Arena in Brookings. The 12th-seeded Jackrabbits nearly upset No. 4 Stanford in NCAA Tournament play on Monday night.

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Worthington native Gabby Boever and her South Dakota State women’s basketball team came within seconds of pulling off another major upset Monday.
The 12th-seeded Jackrabbits - who beat No. 5 Miami 74-71 on Saturday - were in the lead for almost the entire second half against No. 4 Stanford - one of NCAA women’s basketball’s most storied programs.
Lili Thompson came up with the heroics when her old-fashioned three-point play with just eight seconds left gave the Cardinal their first lead since the 6:06 mark of the third quarter. It proved to be the game-winner as SDSU dropped a heartbreaker, 66-65.

For Boever - a 2010 graduate of Worthington High who scored 1,139 career points for the Trojans - it was her final game in a Jackrabbits uniform. She finished with three points - all in the second half - to go with a team-high four assists, three rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot.
After trailing 33-27 at halftime, it was Boever who gave SDSU its first lead of the second half. The Cardinal led 37-32 before the Jackrabbits started to come back. A Clarissa Ober jumper at the 6:30 mark tied it at 38-38 before a free throw put Stanford back up by one. Boever’s first and only field goal of the night - a layup with 6:06 to go in the third quarter - put the Jacks in the lead for the first time since being ahead 11-10 less than halfway through the first quarter.
When Kerri Young drilled a 3-pointer on the next trip down the floor, it completed an 11-2 surge for SDSU.
Stanford hung around and was within two when Boever got involved again. This time, she found Ober open behind the 3-point arc. The 6-2 junior from Glencoe drained it, helping the Jackrabbits to a 50-46 lead going into the final frame.
SDSU maintained its lead despite plenty of Stanford pushes to get back within a bucket. A Boever free throw with 5:19 on the clock put her team up 59-53. That happened just before Ellie Thompson - a sophomore from Chaska - knocked down a triple to give the Jacks their largest lead of the night at 62-54 with 4:47 left.
The eight-point advantage lasted exactly one minute. Lili Thompson got the Cardinal going with a layup at the 3:47 mark. It jumpstarted a 12-3 Stanford run to round out the game.
The four-seed trailed by two, 65-63, with eight seconds to go when Lili Thompson was fouled on her way to a layup. She drained the free throw to put the Cardinal up by one.
The Jackrabbits got a look at a jumper at the buzzer, but it didn’t fall and their season ended at 27-7 overall. Their win over Miami on Saturday was their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2009.
Erica McCall paved the way for Stanford with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting and 12 boards.

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