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SDSU women fall to UTEP in WNIT

EL PASO, Texas — The South Dakota State University women’s basketball team’s season ended with a 66-63 loss to University of Texas-El Paso in the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament Wednesday in El Paso, Texas.

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Junior Mariah Clarin missed a potential game-tying three-point shot for the Jackrabbits (26-10) to end the game.

SDSU was led by junior Megan Waytashek, who was the lone Jackrabbit to score in double figures, with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals. Hannah Strop and Gabrielle Boever each added eight points for SDSU, while Clarin finished with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Mitchell native Kerri Young finished her freshman season, scoring four points on 2-of-5 shooting, while grabbing two rebounds in 11 minutes in the loss.

SDSU shot 22-of-55 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free-throw line, while outrebounding UTEP 40-36.

The Miners were led by Kayla Thorton with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Kristine Vitola added 18 points, while Kelli Willingham chipped in with 10 points for UTEP, which shot 19-of-57 from the field and 23-of-30 from the free-throw line.

The Miners move on to play Rutgers in the championship of the WNIT at 3 p.m. Saturday.