South Dakota women cruise to win Sunday over the College of St. Mary

South Dakota women cruise to win Sunday over the College of St. Mary The University of South Dakota women's basketball team (5-4) jumped to a 29-2 lead and cruised to a 90-43 nonconference basketball win over the College of St. Mary (5-8) on Sunday afternoon before 425 at the DakotaDome.

Sophomore forward Mandy Koupal had her sixth double-double by scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to lead South Dakota. Koupal, who also contributed five steals, four assists and a blocked shot, has scored in double figures in all nine games this season. Against the College of St. Mary, the Coyotes had four players in double figures, including Krista Orsack who had 18 points, including six three-point baskets. Junior forward Julia Frie added 15 points, five steals, and five rebounds and Heather Nelson had 13 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals.

In a similar manner as the previous night against Minnesota-Morris (85-30 win), theCoyotes defense was dominating as they held the Flames scoreless until 14:12 remained in the first half.

On Sunday, the Coyotes limited the Flames to 25 percent shooting from the field (11-44) and the visitors hit just four of 17 three-point field goals for 23.5 percent. South Dakota had 20 steals, five blocked shots, forced St. Mary into 29 turnovers and won the rebound battle, 46-26.

The Coyotes opened the game on a 17-0 run after a pair of free throws by Koupal (15:25). The Flames finally scored on a jumper by Erin Corrigan at the 14:12 mark. Then, South Dakota took off on a 12-0 run as sophomore guard Dawn Sudbeck hit a three-point basket for a 29-2 lead at the 10:45 mark. At that point, St. Mary found some offense, outscoring the Coyotes, 10-3 over the next five minutes to draw within 32-12 on a pair of free throws by Brandi Moore.

Orsack answered the run with two three-point baskets and Nelson had one long distance bomb as the Coyotes led 44-14 at the 2:50 mark. South Dakota led 46-20 at the halftime break.

In the opening half, Koupal had 13 points, three steals and three assists while Orsack had 12 points, all coming on three-point baskets. Orsack hit four of five three-point shots in the first half and hit six of seven for the game. The Coyotes hit 17 of 34 field goals in the opening half and were a sizzling eight of 14 from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Flames hit just five of 21 field goals and one of six three-point shots in the opening half. The Flames made nine of 10 free throws in the opening half. Corrigan led St. Mary with seven points.

South Dakota opened the second half on a 16-6 run and a three-point basket by Orsack gave the Coyotes a 62-26 lead at the 13:27 mark of the second half. A lay-up by Koupal gave USD a 67-32 lead at the 10:27 mark. South Dakota continued

to build on the lead, increasing the lead to 79-32 after a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Stacey Schooley. A jumper by reserve forward Tracy Magnuson at the 3:00 mark gave the Coyotes an 84-41 lead. A lay-up by Magnuson with seven seconds to play gave South Dakota their final margin and provided Coyotes with their first 90-point performance of the season.

Overall, the Coyotes hit 32 of 68 field goals for 47.1 percent and they made 11 of 24 three-point field goals for 45.8 percent. The Coyotes hit 10 or more three-point baskets for the second consecutive game.

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