USD women break two-game losing streak with 65-58 win

USD women break two-game losing streak with 65-58 win Due to their best defensive performance of the 2001-02 season, The University of South Dakota Coyotes (2-2) recorded a 65-58 win over Southwest State (2-2) on Nov. 30 in women's nonconference basketball at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls.

South Dakota received 18 points and 11 rebounds from sophomore forward Mandy Koupal, who recorded her third double double in four games. Otherwise the Coyotes had a very balanced scoring attack with junior forward Julia Frie scoring 9 points and grabbing six rebounds; junior forward Amanda Iverson contributing 8 points and eight rebounds and sophomore shooting guard Krista Orsack providing 8 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

With the win, South Dakota broke a two-game losing streak and gained a 9-8 series lead over Southwest State.

In the first half, the Coyotes hit 13 of 29 field goals for 44.8 percent, including four of 10 3-point field goals for 40 percent and four of four free throws. Koupal had 11 points and five rebounds in the opening half.

Meanwhile, Southwest State hit just nine of 28 field goals for 32.1 percent. They were 0-10 from the 3-point line and two of five from the free throw line.

South Dakota hit 22 of 54 field goals for 40.7 percent, including six of 19 3-point field goals for 31.6 percent. South Dakota was 15-18 from the free throw line as Koupal connected on all five of her attempts and Erin Case was four of four.

This season Koupal has made 17 straight free throws.

Southwest State hit 24 of 60 field goals for 40 percent. They made five of 10 free throws for 50 percent. Schoeneck had 19 points to lead the Mustangs, who also received 12 points from Mary Roddel and 10 points from Bruns.

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