USD women beat Jackrabbits 74-67 in OT Led by sophomore forward Mandy Koupal's career-best 35 points, the South Dakota Coyotes turned back high-scoring South Dakota State 74-67 in North Central Conference action Dec. 30 in the DakotaDome.
Koupal's performance helped South Dakota stop a 21-game losing streak to SDSU, dating back to 1991.
The SDSU women were averaging 88 points per game but managed to shoot just 36.9 percent from the field (24-65) against USD. To match their defensive performance, the Coyotes hit 49.1 percent of their field goals and utilized the outstanding talents of Koupal to win their second NCC game in four starts.
Koupal hit her first 12 shots of the game and was 13 of 15 from the field on the night. She hit both of her 3-point field goals and was seven of 11 from the free throw line. Koupal, who had five steals, grabbed seven rebounds in 44 minutes of action.
Joining Koupal in double figures was junior forward Heather Nelson and junior forward Amanda Iverson, who both scored 10 points. Sophomore shooting guard Krista Orsack had 9 points, all 3-pointers.
As a team, USD hit 12 of 23 field goals for 52.2 percent in the first half. The Coyotes hit five of 10 3-point shots and five of eight from the free throw line.
As a team, SDSU made 10 of 27 field goals for 37 percent in the first half. They were three of 11 from the 3-point arc and five of 10 from the free throw line. SDSU held the rebound advantage, 16-15 at the half.
Overall, South Dakota made 26 of 53 field goals for 49.1 percent. The Coyotes were seven of 19 from the 3-point line, with Krista Orsack's three, 3-pointers leading USD. The Coyotes were 15 of 22 from the free throw line for 68.2 percent. South Dakota had 14 steals, 22 turnovers, 18 assists and two blocked shots.
SDSU hit 24 of 65 field goals for 36.9 percent. They were nine of 30 from the 3-point line for 30 percent. The Jacks, who won the rebound battle, 40-35, hit 10 of 17 free throws for 58.8 percent. Brenda Davis led SDSU with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Melissa Pater added 15 points and 11 rebounds and Stacie Cizek had 12 points.
Next for the Coyotes is the road trip to Nebraska-Omaha and Northern Colorado. The Coyotes will travel to UNO on Jan. 5 and Northern Colorado on Jan. 4.