USD women defeat Northern Colorado, lose to Neb.-Omaha The South Dakota women's basketball team claimed its first North Central Conference win with a 75-58 victory over Northern Colorado on Saturday, Jan. 8.
The Coyotes, who are 8-5 overall and 1-3 in the NCC, fell to Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday, Jan. 9 76-62. USD is at North Dakota and North Dakota State Friday and Saturday.
After assuming a 38-30 halftime lead, the Coyotes outscored Northern Colorado, 37-28, in the second half. In fact, USD held a commanding 22-point spread at 70-48 with 3:40 remaining. Freshman Heather Nelson tossed in 26 points and she grabbed eight rebounds.
Melinda Oster had 14 points and nine rebounds. Kelly Koepp finished with 13 points and she collected a game-high 12 rebounds. USD shot 36.4 percent and outrebounded the Bears, 51-32.
The Coyotes led Nebraska-Omaha, 27-25, at halftime, but the Mavericks went on a 24-9 scoring run to start the second half for a 49-36 advantage with 11:32 left in the game. The closest USD would come was seven points at 52-45 with 6:36 remaining.
Nelson led the Coyotes with 16 points. Three other players were in double figures with Julia Frie netting 15, followed by Nicole Jaycox and Koepp with 11 and 10 points, respectively. USD shot 37.7 percent compared to 37.5 for the Mavericks. The Coyotes were outrebounded, 44-39, led by eight boards apiece for Frie and Nelson.