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Mitchell native Macy Miller hits game-winner, named MVP

IOWA CITY, Iowa--South Dakota State junior Macy Miller scored the game-winning jumper at the buzzer as the Jackrabbits defeated Iowa, 66-64, Sunday afternoon in the Hawkeye Challenge in front of 3,826 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Mitchell native and South Dakota State's Macy Miller drives to the basket against South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp last season during the Summit League title game last season in Sioux Falls. (Daily Republic File Photo)
Mitchell native and South Dakota State's Macy Miller drives to the basket against South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp last season during the Summit League title game last season in Sioux Falls. (Daily Republic File Photo)

IOWA CITY, Iowa-South Dakota State junior Macy Miller scored the game-winning jumper at the buzzer as the Jackrabbits defeated Iowa, 66-64, Sunday afternoon in the Hawkeye Challenge in front of 3,826 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

SDSU improves to 4-0, marking the best start to the season since 2008-09.

Miller, who was named the tournament MVP, broke a 64-64 tie after Iowa's Megan Gustafson scored a put-back basket with five seconds remaining.

The Mitchell native recorded a game-high 22 points and a team-and personal-best 10 rebounds to record her third collegiate double-double. Clarissa Ober finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Ellie Thompson netted 11 points and sophomore Madison Guebert added 10 points and 3 steals. The trio was named to the all-tournament team.

Senior and Mitchell graduate Kerri Young finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Young needs 29 points to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.

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After leading 38-25 at halftime, the Jackrabbits took their largest lead of the game when Ober hit a 3-pointer with 1:02 left in the third quarter. Guebert then sank a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to put SDSU up 54-41 at the end of the quarter.

Iowa battled back in the fourth quarter, using a 12-4 run to pull within five, 58-53, on a Gustafson layup with 5:05 remaining. Miller sank her lone 3-pointer of the game to put the Jacks up by eight, 61-53, but a 9-2 Hawkeye run cut the lead to 63-62 game.

With 20 second left, Miller made the first of a two free throws to put South Dakota State up 64-62. Hawkeye Tania Davis then missed a layup with five seconds before Gustafson's put-back basket.

South Dakota State travels to Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the Sooners Wednesday.

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