USD women basketball win fifth straight Jodi Schroeder, a sophomore forward on the USD Coyote's women's basketball team, makes a quick two points after grabbing a rebound under the basket in play against the College of St. Mary's. For the South Dakota women's basketball team, the home opener was not as eye-opening as they hoped. After four games on the road, the Coyotes returned home to collect their fifth straight victory although they struggled with their perimeter game.
The Coyotes took a 77-53 win over the College of St. Mary's (6-6) in nonconference action as junior forward Mandy Koupal scored 26 points. It was her fifth straight game over 20 points this season. The Coyotes are 5-0 for the first time since the 1988-89 season.
Koupal, Wagner, was one of the few Coyotes that shot the ball effectively on Tuesday night. She made nine of 14 field goals and seven of eight from the foul line. On the night, she had four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals in 27 minutes of action.
The Coyotes' struggles were from three-point land where they hit just two of 22 on the night. Still, the Coyotes overcame those problems by driving to the basket. The results were 21 fouls on the visitors and South Dakota took advantage by connecting on 25 of 29 tries from the foul line.
Senior forward Julia Frie, Byron, MN, joined the 1,000 point club with 10 points which gives her 1,006 in her career at South Dakota. Frie also had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Junior guard Erin Bourne, Mankato, MN, also scored in double digits for the Coyotes, tallying 11 points. Stacy Schooley, Watertown, a junior point guard, had five rebounds, five points, four assists and four steals.
Junior guard Dawn Sudbeck, Dimock, had five rebounds, five points and five assists.
Overall, South Dakota hit 25 of 65 shots for 38.5 percent. They lost the rebound battle to the Flames, 44-41.
The College of St. Mary's was led by Chelsea Malone who had a double double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Erin Corrigan also scored in double figures with 17 points. On the night, the Flames hit 21 of 60 field goals for 35 percent. They were just three of 17 from the three-point line for 17.6 percent. The Flames made eight of 13 free throws for 61.5 percent.
Early on, the Flames gained control of the game, taking a 15-11 lead with 15:11 to play in the first half. The Coyotes responded with a 7-0 run, taking an 18-15 lead on a three-point basket by Koupal at the 12:12 mark.
The Coyotes went on an 14-2 run to close the half and led 43-28 at the break. Koupal had 14 points in the first half to lead South Dakota. USD was 15 of 32 from the field in the opening half. The Flames hit 12 of 27 shots for 44.4 percent.
South Dakota opened up a 50-30 second half advantage on a steal by Schooley who fed Koupal for a layup with 18:03 to play. The Flames responded with a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 53-40 but that was as close as the visitors would get for the remainder of the game.
A jumper by Bourne gave USD a 64-41 lead with 10:09 to play. USD took their largest lead at 74-45 on another score by Bourne with 4:39 to play.