USD women win over Mount Marty College

USD women win over Mount Marty College Led by sophomore Julia Frie's 19 points and nine rebounds, South Dakota's women's basketball team won its second straight with a 77-50 win over Mount Marty, 0-3, in nonconference action at the DakotaDome Tuesday night.

The Coyotes, 2-1, won their home opener.

South Dakota scored 6 unanswered points to jump to a 13-4 lead first half lead (14:13) on a jumper by sophomore Heather Nelson, and lay-ups by Frie and senior Kelly Gese, following steals by the Coyotes. Later a 3-pointer by Frie gave the Coyotes a 24-14 lead at the 7:10 mark of the first half.

Then a lay-up and two foul shots by sophomore Amanda Iverson pushed the lead to 33-20 with 2:45 to play. The Coyotes led 37-26 the break when Kelly Koepp hit a jumper with two seconds to play in the opening stanza.

The Coyotes went on a 10-0 run early in the second half as they increased the advantage to 49-30 after Frie converted a pair of free throws. Later the Coyotes moved ahead 59-32 when freshman Krista Orsack hit a 3-pointer at the 10:49 mark. A free throw by the Lancer's Emily Johnson cut the lead to 68-50 with 2:53 but that was as close as the Lancers would get in the second half.

The Coyotes scored the final 9 points of the game on a pair of free throws by Frie, a lay-up by freshman Katie Pulford, and a lay-up and then a 3-pointer at the buzzer by sophomore Gwen Meyer.

Overall, South Dakota hit 26-65 field goals for 40 percent, 7-21 3-pointers for .33 percent and 18-22 free throws for 82 percent. Freshman Jodi Schroeder had 10 points and four rebounds while Gese had 8 points, seven assists, and three steals. Sophomore Nicole Jaycox had 8 points as did Iverson, who also had three rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot.

The Coyotes recorded nine steals and three blocks although they lost the rebound battle, 45-44, to Mount Marty.

South Dakota travels to the Grand Canyon Tournament on Nov. 24-25 and then host Minnesota-Morris at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Dakota Dome.

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