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Jackrabbit women fade away late in loss to Buffalo

LAS VEGAS, Nev.--The South Dakota State University women's basketball team concluded a two-game set in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas with a 61-55 loss to Buffalo on Saturday at South Point Arena.

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LAS VEGAS, Nev.-The South Dakota State University women's basketball team concluded a two-game set in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout in Las Vegas with a 61-55 loss to Buffalo on Saturday at South Point Arena.

The Jackrabbits entered the fourth quarter trailing by a point, and held a lead on two different occasions in the final frame, but could not pull out the win.

SDSU led 32-29 at halftime, but Buffalo surged in front on the heels of a 12-3 run in the third quarter. Sydney Palmer scored six of the next eight points for the Jackrabbits, as they trimmed the lead to four and Mitchell native Macy Miller scored five in a row to end the third quarter down 46-45.

Miller canned a 3-pointer to begin the fourth quarter to give SDSU the lead, but back-to-back triples from the Bulls flipped the score back in their favor. Letcher native Myah Selland recorded scored a basket and was fouled, and Miller added another 3-pointer to give the Jackrabbits a 53-52 lead with 3:45 left on the clock, but UB's Cierra Dillard scored four of her game-high 20 points to take a three-point lead with 34.6 seconds remaining.

Miller and Selland scored 14 points apiece to lead SDSU (3-3), which dropped both games in Las Vegas after a 72-66 loss to No. 4 Baylor on Friday, despite 22 points from Madison Guebert. The Jackrabbits went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two with 20 seconds left, but Baylor hit four free throws to seal the win.

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South Dakota State returns home Thursday to host Green Bay in an attempt to get back in the win column.

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