USD women break slump with 72-50 win

USD women break slump with 72-50 win Led by a career-high 16 points from sophomore Amanda Iverson, The University of South Dakota (8-8, 3-6 in the NCC) women's basketball team broke a 3-game losing streak with a 72-50 North Central Conference victory over Morningside (3-14, 0-9 in the NCC) at the DakotaDome on Friday night.

Iverson hit seven of nine field goals, mostly from within 10 feet, and made two of three free throws while grabbing eight rebounds in her best game as a Coyote.

Four other Coyotes scored in double figures, including 14 points from Krista Orsack, who hit four of seven 3-point baskets. Senior point guard Kelly Gese had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds on a night when she moved into 10th place on the Coyotes all-time scoring chart. Gese now has 1,136 point for her career. Sophomore forward Julia Frie added 11 points and five rebounds while Heather Nelson had 8 points.

South Dakota controlled the game from the outset, jumping to an 11-6 lead as Orsack knocked home a 3-point basket. A 3-point basket by Frie gave the Coyotes a 16-6 lead. The Mustangs came within 16-10 and the lead fluctuated between 8 and 10 points until late in the first half, when Iverson keyed a Coyote 10-4 run.

She scored 7 of the Coyotes' final 10 points of the half, including a basket and free throw for a 31-19 lead. Another Iverson basket made it 38-21. Morningside scored the final 4 points of the half on a jumper by Katie Lokken and a lay-up by Thein.

The Coyotes made 14 of 36 first-half field goals for 38.9 percent. They were four of eight from 3-point range for 50 percent and six of seven free throws for 85.7 percent.

Iverson had 11 points and Orsack had 9 points to lead South Dakota. Morningside hit 12 of 20 field goals for 41.4 percent but did not hit a 3-pointer in six attempts. They were just one of three from the free throw line.

The second half was all South Dakota. The Coyotes jumped to a 44-25 lead as Gese connected on a jumper. A putback by Frie off an offensive rebound gave South Dakota a 50-27 lead. She then she scored on a lay-up for a 52-27 lead.

South Dakota went ahead 56-30 on two foul shots by Nelson. A lay-up off an assist from Gese moved South Dakota to a 58-34 lead and another pair of foul shots by Nelson gave South Dakota a 68-37 lead. Later Nelson scored on a jumper as South Dakota moved ahead 72-41 with 3:11 left in the game.

South Dakota hit 25 of 68 field goals for 36.8 percent and was five of 19 from the 3-point line for 26.3 percent. The Coyotes hit 17 of 22 free throws by 77.3 percent. Morningside made 20 of 62 field goals for 32.3 percent but failed to hit a 3-pointer in 12 attempts. They hit 10 of 19 free throws.

The Coyotes won the rebound battle, 50-49. The Coyote win improved Chad Lavin's record at South Dakota to 108-76 (.586). He is 283-238 (.543) on his career.

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