USD women top Dakota State, Jamestown in overtime The South Dakota womens basketball team moved their record to 2-4 with a pair of overtime wins last week. The Coyotes travel to Southwest State Saturday and open the NCC season at home December 19-20 against Augustana and South Dakota State.
The Coyotes claimed their first win of the season with a 73-68 overtime victory over Dakota State last Tuesday. Wednesday against James-
town, USD posted a 58-52 overtime victory. USD fell to Bemidji State Saturday, 69-61.
Against Dakota State, USD rallied from a four-point deficit at 60-56 to tie the game at 60-60 at the end of regulation. In the extra session, the game was tied 66-66 with 1:26 remaining before the Coyotes went on a 7-2 scoring spree for the win by converting seven of eight free throws. Kelly Gese led USD with a career-high 26 points. Bethany Koehler and Alissa Koronkiewicz had 12 points apiece. Koronkiewicz, who is averaging 9.2 rebounds per game, led with nine boards. Maegan Prickett handed out seven assists. Dakota State led at halftime, 31-27.
In the win over Jamestown the Coyotes trailed 46-36 with 8:22 left in the game, but proceeded to outscore the Jimmies, 12-2, to force overtime. During the scoring run, the Coyotes had two field goals and were 8-for-10 from the free throw line. USD then outscored Jamestown, 10-4, in the next period. USD shot only 29.2 percent compared to Jamestown's 30.6. Gese led the Coyotes with 14 points, three assists and four steals. Kara Van Ranst had 12 points and Koronkiewicz had 11. USD held a 56-49 edge rebounds. Koronkiewicz had 14 boards and Katrina Merrill had nine.
South Dakota trailed Bemidji State for most of the game. In the second half, the Coyotes led twice (45-44 and 46-44) and the game was tied 53-53 with 7:30 remaining. Bemidji State then outscored USD, 10-0, for a 63-53 margin with 2:36 left. The closest the Coyotes came was 65-61 with 26 seconds showing. USD shot 31.7 percent while the Beavers hit 44.9. Gese paced the Coyotes with 16 points. Van Ranst had 12, followed by Koronkiewicz with 11 and Bethany Koehler with 10. Each team had 38 rebounds with Koronkiewicz leading both teams with 11.