USD women win another entering NCC schedule

USD women win another entering NCC schedule The South Dakota women's basketball team enters the North Central Conference season with a 7-2 record following three wins last week.

The Coyotes, who have won four in a row, posted wins over Mount Marty on Monday (79-47), Sioux Falls on Wednesday (58-35) and Wayne State on Saturday (74-61). The Coyotes begin the 2000 NCC slate January 2-3 on the road at Augustana and South Dakota State.

South Dakota shot 49.0 from the field against Wayne State, including 52.2 in the second half. USD led 32-26 at halftime. In the second half, the Coyotes opened up a 13-point spread at 55-42 with 8:41 remaining. However, the Wildcats rallied and used four three-pointers over the next three minutes to narrow the gap to 57-56 with 5:30 left. The Coyotes managed to hold on and eventually built a 10-point lead at 66-56 with 2:28 showing sparked by three-pointers by Dawn Sudbeck and Heather Nelson.

Nelson enjoyed her best collegiate game of her young career with 26 points. She was 10-for-13 from the field and grabbed six rebounds. Kelly Koepp had 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds, while Julia Frie finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Sudbeck tallied eight points, five assists and two steals.

The Coyotes held Sioux Falls to 22.2 percent shooting for the game, including 19.2 in the first half. Nelson had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Koepp finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six steals. Frie ended up with 11 points, followed by Sudbeck with seven and Melinda Oster with six. Oster also had seven rebounds. USD, which led 23-16 at halftime, shot 34.0 percent for the game.

USD pulled away from Mount Marty early with a 30-9 advantage and a 40-19 halftime lead.

The Coyotes displayed an effective defense by limiting the Lancers to 20.3 percent shooting from the field and forcing them into 25 turnovers.

USD, which shot 60 percent in the first half and 49.2 for the game, was led by Frie and Koepp with 25 and 21 points, respectively. Oster was also in double figures with 10 points. Nelson added nine points and Nicole Jaycox contributed eight points.

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