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Top-seeded MSU women eliminated on buzzer-beating 3

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Fundamentals were the difference in the end.

Montana State's basketball women missed five of six free throw attempts down the stretch and Idaho State scored ten unanswered points, including a buzzer-beating three by Juliet Jones, lifting the Bengals to a 52-50 upset over the top-seeded Bobcats Wednesday at the Big Sky Conference Tournament.

“Down the stretch, for us, it just came down to finishing the game,” said MSU head coach Tricia Binford. “The last two minutes of the game we were in control of that and had opportunities to finish it and put it away. It’s hard to help them with the butterflies for this tournament experience. I hurt for them so much because it is not characteristic of this team.”

Montana State (21-9) entered the game shooting 75.5 percent from the free throw line. Against Idaho State (17-14) the Bobcats connected on just 15-of-29 tosses.

The Bobcats seemed to have the fourth quarter in hand taking a nine-point advantage on a Peyton Ferris free throw at the 8:12 mark. Even when Idaho State closed to within three points with 4:39 left, MSU was able to reestablish its lead going up 49-40 with two-minutes remaining.

Ferris led the way for MSU with 16 points, while Alexa Dawkins and Jasmine Hommes each finished with ten points. Riley Nordgaard paced MSU under the boards with 11 rebounds.

Neither team shot the ball well as the Bobcats held a 28-19 advantage at intermission. Montana State ended the contest shooting 29.6 percent, while Idaho State went 29.4 percent from the field. The Bengals also held a slight 49-46 edge in rebounding.

ISU was led by Apiphany Woods with 11 points, while Brooke Blair added ten.

With its regular-season Big Sky title, Montana State received an automatic bid to the WNIT, which is slated for next week. The field will be announced on Monday, as will game dates and times.

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