MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- South Dakota State's success against
established Division One women's basketball teams continues by the
slightest of margins.
Maria Boever, one of five Minnesota natives on the South Dakota
State roster, sank an uncontested layup as the Williams Arena horn
sounded, and the Jackrabbits had to wait through a lengthy video
review by the three officials before it was ruled that the basket
counted and gave them a 59-58 win at Minnesota.
"Anxiety, in terms of wanting the answer," said South Dakota
State coach Aaron Johnston in reaction to the wait between Boever's
shot and the final ruling. "We just wanted the answer as quick as
"It thought it was good," said Boever, a native of Worthington
who set up under the basket after Andrea Verdegan drove the
baseline and drew away Minnesota's defenders. The play began with
2.4 seconds left on the clock, and the horn sounded and the light
display around the backboard went off as Boever took the final
Following their review and a discussion, the officials ruled
that the ball left Boever's hands a fraction of a second before the
light went off, which signals the end of regulation play.
"It was literally the difference of a couple of frames," said
The Gophers (11-7) began celebrating before the final ruling
when they thought an official waved off the shot.
"They counted it good, then one of the officials went like
this, no good," said Kelly Roysland, who scored 17 points,
including a personal 11-point second-half run that got the Gophers
back in the game.
"Everybody saw different things, I thought they changed their
minds like two or three times during the course of the end of the
game, said Minnesota coach Pam Borton. "They've got to call it
like they see it, and go from there."
Borton did get a chance to see the final seconds on tape.
"I did and I thought it looked good," said Borton, although
Roysland is not so sure.
"I'd like to see it, just for my well-being," Roysland said.
The Gophers had taken a 58-57 lead on two free throws by Ashley
Ellis-Milan with 3.5 seconds left. That came less than a minute
after Ellis-Milan missed two free throws that would have given
Minnesota the lead.
It was another win over an established Division One school this
season for South Dakota State (12-5), which also has beaten
Southern California, Virginia, Kansas, Colorado and Alabama.
"Little by little, we got back in the game," said Verdegan.
"Somehow we kind of relaxed and just played basketball."
Verdegan led the Jackrabbits with 15 points, with Jennifer
Warkenthien scoring 13 and Courtney Grimsrud adding 10.
"I'm glad we got a win," said Megan Vogel, who's from St.
Peter. "That was the reason we came here. Our only goal was to get
Prior to the last-minute drama, the Gophers appeared ready to
snatch away the victory after trailing much of the game thanks to a
sloppy first half in which they turned the ball over 16 times and
trailed by as many as nine points.
"It wasn't so much a last-second play," said Borton. "It was
the 16 turnovers in the first half, it was shooting 48 percent from
the free-throw line. It was all those other things."
Minnesota finally regained the lead at 46-44 on Roysland's
baseline jumper with 12:46 remaining. The basket came after
Roysland made three consecutive shots from three-point range to
keep the Gophers close.
The lone senior on the Minnesota roster also made a key block
and a steal that led to Korrine Campbell's basket from the lane
that stretched the Gophers' lead to 53-46.
Roysland led Minnesota with 17 points, while Ellis-Milan had 10
points and nine rebounds.
South Dakota State crawled back to within 56-55 on Warkenthein's
three-pointer with 3:01 left. Megan Vogel put the Jackrabbits back
on top at 57-56 with 1:33 left, and the score stayed that way until
Ellis-Milan made her two free throws to set up the final play.
South Dakota State is 11-0 when leading at the half, while
Minnesota fell to 27-3 in non-conference home games under coach
It was a seesaw game early on, with South Dakota State staying
in front but never by more than three points. The Jackrabbits
gained some breathing room by converting two Minnesota turnovers
and an offensive foul into a basket and a free throw by Ashlea
Muckenhim and a layup by Warkenthien for a 27-18 lead.
Another Gopher turnover led to Morgan Meier's straightaway jump
shot that banked off the backboard of a three-pointer and a 32-23
lead for the Jackrabbits.
The loss comes three days after Minnesota won a buzzer-beater,
defeating Northwestern 65-63 on Emily Fox's jump shot as time