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.