Augustana falls 65-54 to Coyote women

Augustana falls 65-54 to Coyote women Tight, aggressive defense has been the one constant this season for Chad Lavin's South Dakota women's basketball team and on Dec. 29, the Coyotes again limited their opponents to under 60 points and defeated Augustana 65-54 at the DakotaDome.

The Coyotes won their NCC home opener and moved to 1-2 in the NCC.

South Dakota was led by sophomore forward Mandy Koupal, the NCC's third leading scorer (19.0) and leading rebounder (9.7 per game). She had 18 points and 11 rebounds for her seventh double double (points and rebounds) this season.

With the win, South Dakota broke a 12-game losing streak to Augustana, dating back to the Coyotes' 73-70 win over the Vikings in 1994-95.

South Dakota limited the Vikings to 23 first half points and 31 points in the second half. South Dakota, which had an uncharacteristic 21 turnovers, limited the visitors to 31.7 percent shooting for the game.

South Dakota hit 10 of 29 field goals in the first half for 34.5 percent, including three of 10 3-point field goals and four of six free throws for 66.7 percent. Heather Nelson had 7 points and four rebounds to lead the Coyotes, who received 5 points from Koupal, Krista Orsack and Amanda Iverson.

Augustana hit eight of 28 field goals for 28.6 percent and hit three of 11 3-point field goals for 27.3 percent. The Vikings hit four of five free throws for 80 percent. Joanna Naumann had 7 points off the bench to lead Augustana.

Nelson had a solid game for the Coyotes as she had 18 points including seven of nine field goals and two of three from the 3-point line. She also grabbed six rebounds, handed out two assists and had a steal in 32 minutes of action.

Iverson scored 12 points, hitting four of five field goals. She had four steals.

Overall the Coyotes made 20 of 48 field goals for 41.7 percent, including five of 13 three-point field goals for 38.5 percent. USD hit 20 of 30 free throws for 66.7 percent.

Augustana, led by Tresse Klumper's 13 points, hit 19 of 60 field goals for 31.7 percent. They were five of 17 from the 3-point line and 11 of 13 from the free throw line for 84.6 percent. Also scoring in double figures was Joanna Naumann with 12.

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