Northern State beats Coyote women 58-56

Northern State beats Coyote women 58-56 Poor shooting and 21 turnovers were costly as South Dakota dropped a 58-56 nonconference women's basketball decision to Northern State on Saturday at the Tri-State Classic in Sioux City, IA.

South Dakota hit just 37 percent (10-27) of their field goals in the first half and just 33 percent in the second half (8-24) as they lost to Northern State in the second round of the Tri-State Classic.

South Dakota hit just 18 of 51 field goals for 35.3 percent and were just four of 18 from 3-point range for 22.2 percent. The Coyotes improved their foul shooting in the second half, hitting 12 of 15 to finish the game 16-24 for 66.7 percent.

Julia Frie joined Mandy Koupal in double figures with 14 points. Erin Case ended with 9 points.

Carin Rambow led Northern State with 13 points while Natalie Hopkins had 10. The Wolves hit 23 of 58 shots from the field for 39.7 percent and were five of nine from 3-point range for 55.6 percent. They were just seven of 15 from the free throw line for 46.7 percent. Northern State had a 42-39 rebound advantage over South Dakota.

The University of South Dakota Coyote women's basketball team successfully opened the 2001-02 season with a 81-62 nonconference win over the Wayne State Wildcats at the Tri-State Classic in Sioux City, IA on Friday night.

Newcomer Mandy Koupal, who sat out last year after transferring to USD, led the Coyotes with 24 points and 14 rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal. With Koupal, the Coyotes had three players in double figures.

Junior forward Heather Nelson had 15 points including two 3-point baskets. Sophomore shooting guard Krista Orsack also scored 15 points.

For the game, the Coyotes hit 28 of 75 shots for 37.3 percent, including eight of 20 3-point baskets for 40 percent. They were 17 of 23 from the free throw line for 73.9 percent.

Wayne State hit just 17 of 55 shots for 30.9 percent and were seven of 21 from 3-point range for 33.3 percent. They hit 21 of 32 free throws for 65.6 percent.

Tracy Williamson and Karen Hochstein led the Wildcats with 16 points while Dodie Martin chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

Hochstein tied Koupal for rebound honors with 14 boards. Dawn Sudbeck had 8 points, four rebounds, three assists and five steals in 20 minutes of action.

Amanda Iverson had 7 points and eight rebounds while Alissa Koronkiewicz added 6 points and seven rebounds.

The Coyotes won the rebound battle, 49-45. A key difference in the game was turnovers as South Dakota committed just nine and forced the Wildcats in 18 miscues.

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