USD women lose 2 to Minnesota teams

USD women lose 2 to Minnesota teams The South Dakota women's basketball team looks to get back on the winning trail by hosting South Dakota State and Augustana Friday and Saturday.

Last week the Coyotes lost to Minnesota State-Mankato Friday (78-68) and to St. Cloud State Saturday (81-75).

USD, 11-14 overall and 4-12 in the North Central Conference, trailed MSU-Mankato at halftime, 36-34. Early in the second half, the Coyotes found themselves down by 8 points at 44-36 at the 17:32 mark. However, USD rallied and closed the deficit to 1 point at 54-53 with 11:59 remaining. The Mavericks managed to hold on and eventually built the final 10-point spread.

USD shot 45.2 percent and MSU-Mankato was 45.3 from the field. The Coyotes, who were outrebounded, 44-25, were led by Julia Frie and Heather Nelson with 19 and 18 points, respectively. Amanda Iverson had 8 points with 6 apiece for Kelly Koepp, Melinda Oster and Alissa Koronkiewicz.

The Coyotes shot well against St. Cloud State hitting 53.7 percent (29-54) , while holding the Huskies to 40.0 (24-60). The difference came at the free throw line with USD going 9-for-14 and SCSU making 27 of 34. The Coyotes were also outrebounded, 44-26.

USD battled back from a 21-point deficit (42-21) at the 6:02 mark of the first half for a 47-40 halftime score. In the second half, the Coyotes cut the gap to 61-58 with 10:33 to play, but the Huskies answered and took a 12-point lead of 74-62 with 4:38 remaining. The Coyotes rallied again and came within 4 points at 79-75 with seven seconds showing before time expired.

Koepp paced the Coyotes with 27 points, five assists and four steals. Frie had 20 points, while Nelson and Nicole Jaycox notched 9 points apiece. Nelson and Iverson pulled down eight and six rebounds, respectively.

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