Mavericks fall 64-50 to USD women The University of South Dakota women's basketball team (15-11, 9-9 in the NCC) rebounded from an overtime loss on Feb. 23 to take a 64-50 North Central Conference victory over Minnesota State-Mankato on Feb. 24 at the Bresnan Arena of the Taylor Center in Mankato, MN.
As a result of the Coyote victory and other NCC results, South Dakota was seeded No. 6 in the Wells Fargo/NCC Postseason Tourney which began on Tuesday. They faced No. 3 seeded North Dakota State on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Fargo, ND, but lost 74-63.
After suffering the 72-64 overtime loss to St. Cloud on Friday night, the Coyotes came out on fire against the Mavericks. South Dakota jumped to a 7-2 lead after sophomore forward Amanda Iverson scored on a lay-up. A lay-up by Kelly Gese extended the lead to 11-6. The Coyotes scored the next 11 points to grab a 22-6 lead.
After the Mavericks' Kristin Volk hit a 3-pointer, South Dakota freshman Krista Orsack hit from long distance for a 25-9 lead. Two free throws by Iverson extended the margin to 30-13. Freshman Jodi Schroeder hit a jumper to give the Coyotes a 34-15 lead. Then Heather Nelson and Kelly Koepp made jumpers for a 40-18 lead.
In the best shooting first half of the season by South Dakota, the Coyotes not only hit 16 of 25 field goals but also made both of their 3-point baskets and knocked down six of seven free throws for 85.7 percent. Orsack and Gese both had 8 points to lead South Dakota. Koepp added 7 points. The Coyotes won the rebound battle, 17-10.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks hit just seven of 20 field goals for 35 percent including just two of 10 3-point baskets and three of nine free throws. Volk and Danielle Bridges had 5 points to lead Minnesota State-Mankato.
In the second half, the Coyotes did not maintain their blistering offensive pace but played solid defense to keep the Mavericks at bay. South Dakota hit just 10 of 29 field goals for 34.5 percent and missed all eight of their 3-point attempts in the final 20 minutes. South Dakota was able to maintain a double figure margin as the Mavericks were able to hit just 10 of 29 field goals for 34.5 percent, including two of 15 3-point field goals.
A lay-up by Gese extended the Coyote lead to 44-21. South Dakota led 47-27 when Iverson made one of two free throws. South Dakota increased their lead to 57-30 after Koepp hit consecutive jumpers.
Minnesota State cut the margin to 62-45 following a lay-up by Kim Curtis. A jumper by Kris Neuberger trimmed the deficit to 62-48. Two free throws by Kris Wolle drew the Mavericks within 62-50. South Dakota's Julia Frie hit a jumper with 12 seconds to play to finish the scoring on the night.
Gese, who had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds, led South Dakota. Iverson had 11 points and three rebounds while Koepp contributed 12 points.
Minnesota State-Mankato received 12 points from Curtis and 9 points from Kelli Freeman and Volk. The Mavericks won the rebound battle, 37-32.