USD women fall 62-61 to Dakota Wesleyan

USD women fall 62-61 to Dakota Wesleyan The University of South Dakota women's basketball team lost a 62-61 nonconference decision at home to Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 21 at the DakotaDome.

Sophomore Randi Morgan hit a shot with 22 seconds to play to give DWU the 1-point victory.

The Coyotes made just 23 of 65 field goals for 35.4 percent, including just nine of 32 second half shots for 28 percent.

The Tigers did not shoot much better, hitting just 25 of 66 field goals for 37.9 percent.

Heather Nelson led the Coyotes with 18 points.

On the night, she hit three baskets from beyond the 3-point arc and had a team high nine rebounds.

It was Nelson who scored the Coyotes' final 7 points of the half, which brought South Dakota within 33-32 at the break after DWU broke a 16-16 tie and led by as much as 7 points.

Aside from Nelson, two other Coyotes reached double figures in scoring.

Krista Orsack contributed 12 points and Mandy Koupal, who spent most of the night in foul trouble, added 10 points.

South Dakota made 10 of 13 free throws for 77 percent and committed just 11 turnovers.

They had six steals and six blocked shots as Nelson and Koupal each had two. Frie had 8 points and five rebounds.

DWU had four players in double figures. Aside from Morgan, Drefs and Janssen each had 12 points and Amanda Williams added 10 points along with 10 rebounds.

DWU had 14 turnovers, four blocks and six steals. They were successful for seven of nine free throws for 78 percent.

The Tigers held a 47-39 advantage in rebounds.

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