Jacks upset No. 25 Arkansas

The Jackrabbits never lead in regulation, but that didn’t stop SDSU women’s basketball from upsetting No. 25 Arkansas 80-75 in overtime.

Thursday’s game in Fayetteville, Ark. set the Jackrabbits against their second ranked opponent this season, the first coming in a loss to DePaul in Chicago, Ill.

SDSU’s last win against a ranked opponent came last year against Penn State.  Their last win on the road against a ranked opponent came back in 2008 against Minnesota. Thursday’s loss was the Razorbacks’ first of the year, dropping them to 6-1 as the Jacks improved to 5-2

Arkansas led for the majority of the game and looked to be pulling away with the game after it was last tied at 33, four minutes into the second half. Down the stretch the Razorbacks led by as many as nine points, even entering the final minute.

In the final 57 seconds the Jackrabbits launched a 13-4 run that led to a Chynna Stevens three with less than a second left.

During that stretch Arkansas players went four of 10 from the free throw line and turned the ball over once to give SDSU a chance.

“They missed some free throws, two key ones there on the last possession – that was a three-point game,” said head coach Aaron Johnston. “We had a really big steal and Mariah got it and turned it into a layup. … All those things kind of happened in our favor and went against Arkansas.”

Overtime then belonged to the Jacks as Stevens hit a three to give SDSU its first lead of the game as they trailed only once, and that by a point, in overtime before finishing the Razorbacks off from the free throw line.

Macy Miller led the Jackrabbits with a career high 20 points, going 10 of 12 on free throws.

“Macy was obviously everything for us down the stretch,” Johnston said.

Stevens finished with a double-double, pulling down 10 rebounds and scoring 17, going a perfect four for four from beyond the arc. Johnston said he especially liked seeing the rebounds and her defensive toughness in the game.

Clarin had 11 points and seven rebounds in a game where Johnston said he was proud of her for playing hard despite foul trouble and not being 100 percent.

In Clarin’s place, fellow senior Megan Stuart came off the bench and logged nine minutes inside for the Jacks.

“Megan Stuart’s nine minutes were huge,” Johnston said. “She defended exceptionally well for us. She had a big, big basket when we need it. I’m just so proud of the senior who hasn’t had much of a role and has been working herself really hard throughout practice.”

Next up for the Jacks is a trip to Northern Colorado, the game set for 3 p.m. Saturday.