Augustana overcomes USD women 82-70

Augustana overcomes USD women 82-70 For the second straight night, South Dakota (8-10, 3-8 in the NCC) could not sustain their first half performance and lost a North Central Conference women's basketball game.

On Jan. 27, Augustana outscored the Coyotes 42-28 in the second half to grab a 82-70 win at the DakotaDome.

South Dakota led 42-40 at halftime but saw things change dramatically for them on the offensive end in the final 20 minutes. The Coyotes hit 16 of 32 field goals for 50 percent in the opening half but hit just nine of 32 field goals for 28.1 percent in the second half and lost the lead and the game.

The Coyotes shot just 39.1 percent (25-64) for the game. South Dakota hit five of 16 3-point baskets for 31.2 percent and was 15 of 25 for 60 percent from the foul line.

Meanwhile Augustana hit 28 of 63 field goals for 44.4 percent, including 24 of 29 (82.8) from the foul line. They hit just two of 12 3-pointers for 16.7 percent.

Augustana jumped to an early 7-4 lead when Tamera Oltmanns hit a jumper. Heather Nelson, who scored 12 points in the opening half, knocked home a jumper to tie the game 11-11. Nicole Jaycox hit a jumper and the Coyotes grabbed an 18-17 lead over the visitors.

Shortly thereafter South Dakota's senior point guard Kelly Gese hit a jumper to give the Coyotes a 24-21 lead. Then the Vikings struck back, outscoring the Coyotes 13-6 to grab a 34-30 lead. A pair of free throws by Augustana's Brittani Janssen gave the Vikings a 38-35 lead. But then the Coyotes struck back and outscored the Vikings, 7-2 to end the half.

Nelson hit a pair of 3-point shots to key the run. Aside from Nelson, sophomore forward Julia Frie had a solid first half with 9 points. Meanwhile, Augustana received 10 points from both Tamera Oltmans and Janssen in the first half. The Vikings hit 17 of 32 field goals for 53.1 percent. Both teams had 16 rebounds in the first half of play.

After the Coyotes grabbed their biggest lead of the game at 46-40 on a lay-up by Gese, the Vikings started their comeback. A jumper and two free throws by Oltmanns tied the game at 48-48.

Augustana extended the lead to 53-48 when Oltmanns made another pair of free throws. A lay-up by Oltmans gave the Vikings a 57-49 lead. Freshman center Jodi Schroeder grabbed an offensive rebound and scoring inside to cut the Augustana lead to 58-54. Then Augustana scored 6 straight points to grab a 10-point lead. Again it was Oltmans who hit a jumper to give Augustana the 10-point lead.

Sophomore forward Amanda Iverson, who had another strong game with 16 points and 11 rebounds, scored inside to draw South Dakota within 66-59 at the 7:07 mark. It is Iverson's first career double double.

After the Iverson score, Brenna Rollie hit a long 3-point basket to give the Vikings a 69-59 lead. Augustana extended the margin to 75-61 on a Janssen jumper off an assist from Oltmanns.

Another 3-pointer by Rollie gave the Vikings their largest lead of the game, 79-64. Nelson her third 3-point basket of the game to pull South Dakota within, 81-70, with 1:01 to play. Augustana closed the scoring on a free throw by Tresse Klumper.

The Coyotes received 15 points and seven rebounds from Nelson and 12 points, four rebounds and three assists from Frie. The Coyotes lost the rebound battle by just a 43-41 margin.

The Vikings received 23 points and five assists from their leading scorer Oltmanns and 16 points from Janssen. Nicole Tendler added 11 points while Charissa Sheppard and Rollie both had 10 points for the Vikings.

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