South Dakota trailed by three when Alexis Yackley went to the line with 5 seconds left. Yackley's plan was to make the first foul shot and miss the second, hoping the Coyotes could grab the rebound and tie the game.
Kristin Rotert scored 21 points and made the game-clinching free throw with four seconds left in overtime to give defending champion South Dakota State a 79-75 victory over Oral Roberts in the Summit League tournament final Tuesday.
Jennifer Warkenthien scored 23 points and South Dakota State earned an NCAA tournament bid in its first season of Division I eligibility with a 79-69 victory against Oakland in the Summit League championship.
Jill Young came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5:12 left, to lift South Dakota State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) past Oral Roberts 71-64 in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Jennifer Warkenthien scored 18 points to help South Dakota State (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) clinch at least a share of its second straight Summit League championship with a 97-52 win over Centenary on Saturday.
Jennifer Warkenthien scored 19 of her 29 points in the first half as South Dakota State (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) beat Oakland University 88-75 on Saturday to take sole possession of first place in the Summit League.
Jennifer Warkenthien scored 18 points to lead four Jackrabbits in double figures, and South Dakota State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24) defeated IPFW 71-48 Saturday to remain unbeaten in the Summit League.