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SDSU women fall in closing seconds to Florida Gulf Coast

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CANCUN, Mexico -- The South Dakota State women's basketball team dropped a heart-breaking 71-70 decision against Florida Gulf Coast on the final day of the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The Jacks were clinging to a 68-63 advantage with 33 seconds left, but couldn’t finish it as FGCU’s Davion Wingate scored six straight points in 13 seconds to pull her team ahead.

After Wingate hit a 3-pointer, the Jacks turned the ball over and she was fouled attempting a triple. Wingate hit all three attempts for a 69-68 lead with 13 seconds left.

Letcher’s Myah Selland put SDSU ahead 70-69 with nine ticks remaining, but Ashli O’Neal’s coast-to-coast basket with six seconds to go was the difference. Tori Nelson’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer was short.

Selland finished with 20 points, five assists and four rebounds. Paiton Burckhard added 17 points and seven boards for Jacks. Nelson netted 12 points. Selland and Burckhard were both named to the all-tourney team.

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The Jacks went 2-1 at the Cancun Challenge, recording wins over No. 21 South Florida and perennial power Notre Dame. Florida Gulf Coast was No. 7 in the latest mid-major women's basketball poll. The Jacks were No. 13.

SDSU (5-3) will host Coppin State (Maryland) on Dec. 5 at Frost Arena.

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