STANFORD, Calif.-South Dakota State's bid to reach its first Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament fell short Monday, March 21, with a 66-65 loss to Stanford.
SDSU, the Summit League tournament champion bidding to become only the fourth No. 12 seed to reach the Sweet 16, built a 62-54 lead with 4 minutes, 35 seconds remaining its second-round game played before 1,961 fans.
But Stanford, a No. 4 seed, outscored the Jackrabbits 12-3 in the final 3:47.
After Macy Miller sank one of two free throws to give SDSU a 65-63 lead with 18 seconds remaining, junior guard Lili Thompson converted on a conventional three-point play to give Stanford a 66-65 lead with 8.7 seconds remaining.
With time running out, Miller's shot from the free throw lane was blocked by Stanford's Erica McCall.
Stanford, now with a 26-7 record, advances to its ninth straight Sweet 16 where it will play No. 1 seed Notre Dame Friday, March 25, in Lexington, Ky. SDSU, with only two seniors on this year's team, ends its season with a 27-7 record.
Miller, a 6-foot sophomore guard from Mitchell, S.D., led SDSU with 19 points and 8 rebounds.