South Dakota women run past Simpson 82-53 at home

South Dakota women run past Simpson 82-53 at home The South Dakota women's basketball team (6-4) cruised to their third-straight win with an 82-53 victory over Simpson College (7-1) on Dec. 21 at the DakotaDome.

Four Coyotes scored in double figures, including sophomore forward Mandy Koupal who had 17 points, four rebounds and three steals in 16 minutes of action. Junior forward Heather Nelson added 15 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists and three steals.

Sophomore guard Dawn Sudbeck had a season high 12 points and four assists while junior forward Julia Frie provided 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds for South Dakota.

South Dakota limited the Storm to 23 first half points and held them to 34.7 percent shooting from the field for the game. For the third straight game, the Coyotes recorded at least 20 steals and also had six blocked shots.

Overall, South Dakota hit 27 of 70 field goals for 38.6 percent. They were eight of 24 from 3-point range for 33.3 percent and they hit 20 of 24 free throws for 83.3 percent.

Koupal, who was hampered by foul trouble in the first half and scored just 2 points, had 15 points in the second half. She hit five of eight field goals and seven of eight free throws on the night. It was Koupal's 10th straight double figure scoring game.

The South Dakota men's basketball team (9-1) also won its 60th straight home nonconference game Friday night with a 79-50 victory over Simpson College.

Senior forwards Jimmie Foste and Eric Hickenbottom both scored 15 points to lead the Coyotes. Foster also had eight rebounds, two steals, and a blocked shot while Hickenbottom hit four of six field goals and six of eight free throws.

Senior guard Paul Marshall had 11 points and sophomore forward Steve Anderson supplied 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. It was Anderson's third double double (points and rebounds) of the season.

This weekend, Dec. 29-30, the Coyotes will host Augustana and South Dakota State. The Coyotes will face Augustana on Saturday and they play SDSU on Sunday evening. The women's games begin at 6 p.m. each evening, with the men's games at about 8 p.m.

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