USD women fall to Huskies 72-64 in OT

USD women fall to Huskies 72-64 in OT The St. Cloud Huskies (18-7, 11-6 in the NCC) outscored the South Dakota women's basketball team, 13-5, in overtime to grab a 72-64 win in North Central Conference women's basketball at St. Cloud on Feb. 23.

The win by St. Cloud snapped South Dakota's six-game winning streak, including five in a row in the NCC.

St. Cloud jumped to a 6-0 lead after the Huskies' Christina Williamson hit a 3-point basket. South Dakota, which did not scored in the opening four minutes of the game, cut the deficit in half (6-3) when freshman Krista Orsack hit a 3-point basket. Orsack tied the game at 8-8 on another 3-pointer.

The Coyotes grabbed a 2-point lead, 17-15, on a 3-point basket by sophomore Nicole Jaycox. That shot began an 11-4 Coyote run. After Jaycox's basket, sophomore Amanda Iverson made a free throw, which was followed by jumpers from sophomore Heather Nelson and senior point guard Kelly Gese.

But the Huskies cut the deficit to 27-25 on a basket by Nicole Persby. The Coyotes finished the scoring in the first half as Nelson hit a free throw and Gese knocked down two foul shots with eight seconds to play as South Dakota grabbed a 30-26 lead at the break.

St. Cloud came out on fire in the second half, scoring 8 straight points to grab a 34-30 lead after Leah Thomsen hit a jumper. But the second half was a back and forth battle as both teams played strong defense and neither team could grab more than a 4-point advantage.

The Coyotes regained the lead, 35-34, when Orsack hit her fourth 3-point basket of the night. St. Cloud took a 43-40 lead when Thomsen scored inside. South Dakota answered by taking a 44-43 lead when Iverson hit a pair of free throws.

But, St. Cloud responded by taking a 50-46 lead on a jumper by Schreiner. Shortly thereafter, Nelson made a jumper and the Coyotes tied St. Cloud, 50-50. A pair of free throws by Frie gave the Coyotes a 54-53 lead.

Schreiner tied the game at 54-54 by making a free throw. Then Frie made a 3-pointer to give the Coyotes a 57-56 lead. Williamson hit a free throw and then followed up her own missed free throw with an offensive rebound and putback to give St. Cloud a 59-57 lead.

Then Koepp hit two free throws to tie the game at 59-59 with a 1:03 to play. Both teams had shots to win the game in the closing seconds but failed to convert the opportunities.

St. Cloud dominated the overtime period as Jessica Abrahams opened the extra period by hitting a 3-pointer at the 4:44 mark. After Frie scored to draw South Dakota within 62-61, the Huskies went on a 10-3 run to grab the victory. Schreiner had 7 points in overtime to lead the Huskies to the victory.

Overall South Dakota hit 18 of 59 field goals for 30.5 percent including seven of 24 3-point field goals for 29.2 percent. The Coyotes hit 21 of 24 free throws for a season high 87.5 percent. Frie led the Coyotes with 15 points while Orsack had 12 points, Gese and Iverson both had 10 points.

St. Cloud hit 25 of 59 field goals for 42.4 percent, including five of 18 3-point field goals for 27.8 percent. The Huskies hit 17 of 24 free throws for 70.8 percent. Schreiner had 28 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Huskies. Persby had 11 points, five assists and four rebounds while Andrea Shogren had 10 points. St. Cloud won the rebound battle, 51-32.

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