Buzzer Beater Gives MSU The LSC Title

Championship games are designed to feature two of the hottest teams in the league, playing a nail-biting game down to the wire.

This was no exception. In fact, it was arguably one of the best LSC Championship finals in conference history.

MSU's Dianna Jones tied the game with a clutch 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining and then after a West Texas A&M turnover, Jones then hit a running jumper in the lane as the buzzer sounded, giving the top-seeded Mustangs a dramatic 85-83 comeback win over the Lady Buffs.

MSU, which claimed its first LSC Championship title since 2001, trailed by as much as 14 in the second half before a furious comeback in the final minutes. Mustangs guard Kirsti Degelia actually had a chance to win the game in regulation but her 3-point attempt came up short.

In overtime, both teams traded baskets and the lead a few times before WT claimed a 3-point lead after Casey Land hit two free throws for the Lady Buffs. But that's when Jones went to work, pulling up at the top of the key to tie the game with a 3. After the Lady Buffs threw the ball away with 6.9 seconds, it set up Jones' last-second heroics.

Jones, who also scored 27 points in Wednesday's quarterfinal win over Eastern New Mexico, was named tournament MVP with a team-high 23 points in Saturday's win. Degelia scored 19 and earned All-Tournament team honors. Shatoia Gober scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Skyler Warrick had 12 points off the bench. Andrea Carter scored eight points, corralled 10 boards and had a team-high four steals.

West Texas A&M's Devin Griffin led all scorers with 32 points and had 11 rebounds. Griffin and Land (20 points) both made the All-Tournament team, as did Tarleton State's Kiara Wright.

The Lady Buffs also got 13 points and eight rebounds from Chontiquah White.

WT (20-11) saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end, but can only hope the season isn't over as well. The Lady Buffs entered the tournament ranked ninth in the South Central Region, with the top eight seeds advancing.

MSU was No. 2 overall and is expected to remain there for next week's regional.