Winning streak ends for USD women

Winning streak ends for USD women It was a tale of two halves with Southwest State (8-3) prevailing over #14 South Dakota (9-1), 75-69 in nonconference women's basketball at the DakotaDome on Friday night.

After USD hit 52 percent of their first-half field goals, Southwest State responded in kind by making 59.3 of their second half field goals and earning the win. The Mustangs

hit nearly everything they shot in the second 20 minutes, making 16 of 27 field goals, including seven of nine from 3-point range and 11 of 12 from the foul line to rally from a 15-point halftime deficit and take the 6-point win.

The loss by South Dakota ended an 18-game home winning streak which was the sixth longest in NCAA Division II.

Junior forward Mandy Koupal, Wagner, had her sixth double double of the season with 20 points and 13 rebounds. However foul trouble limited her to 27 minutes of play. Freshman guard Renae Luecke, Sioux Falls, added 12 points and Stacy Schooley, Watertown, had 9 points and seven assists.

USD hit 25 of 51 field goals for 49 percent, including nine of 22 3-point field goals for 40.9 percent. USD was just 10 of 18 from the foul line for a season low 55.6 percent.

Southwest State was led by Michelle Bruns with 26 points, including 21 in the second half. She also had five assists and seven rebounds. The Mustangs also received 16 points from Mary Roddell and 15 from Regan French. Shelli Shoeneck added 11 points.

On the night, Southwest State hit 24 of 55 field goals for 43.6 percent, including nine of 15 from the 3-point line. They were 18 of 20 from the foul line.

Southwest State scored the first 8 points of the game and grabbed a 10-2 lead on a layup by Schoeneck at the 17:46 mark of the opening half.

USD responded with a 17-4 run to grab a 19-14 lead after a 3-pointer by Erin Bourne, Mankato, MN, who had 8 points on the night. Consecutive 3-pointers by Luecke upped USD's margin to 29-20 with 3:37 to play in the half. A 3-pointer by Julia Frie, Byron, MN, gave USD a 36-23 lead at the 1:43 mark. Frie, who scored the Coyotes final 7 points of the half, hit another 3-pointer with 24 seconds to play.

South Dakota made 14 of 27 field goals for 51.9 percent in the opening half. Koupal had 8 points and seven rebounds, despite sitting out nearly half of the opening 20 minutes. The Coyotes were led by Luecke, who had 9 points, including three 3-point baskets. Overall, USD was seven of 14 from 3-point land and they made five of seven free throws.

Southwest State knocked down eight of 28 field goals for 28.6 percent, including two of six from 3-point range. The Mustangs were seven of eight from the free throw line. French and Shoeneck each scored 7 points to lead the Mustangs.

After Koupal picked up her fourth foul at the 13:06 mark, Southwest State made their second half comeback. USD led 54-41 with 11:59 to play before Southwest State went on a 15-0 run to grab a 56-55 lead with 7:23 to play. During that run, Southwest State had a trio of 3-pointers, two from Bruns and one from Roddell. USD took its final lead of the game at 5:42 when Koupal scored inside for a 59-58 advantage.

USD moved within 65-64 at the 2:19 mark after a Koupal free throw but could not get any closer. French made a lay-up at the 1:19 mark and Southwest State hit four of four free throws in the final minute to hold off the Coyotes.

South Dakota will host Sioux Falls on Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. in the DakotaDome.

Josh Mueller recorded his second consecutive double double to lead the #8 ranked South Dakota Coyotes men's basketball team (10-0) to a 99-76 win over Jamestown on Saturday at the DakotaDome before 1,115 in attendance.

The win was USD's 68th straight in home nonconference games. South Dakota head coach Dave Boots recorded his 300th career win (300-114) at South Dakota. Boots is 84-1 in home nonconference games since he came to South Dakota in 1988. South Dakota has won 48 of its past 49 nonconference games.

Mueller, who hit five of seven field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers, had 10 assists and eight rebounds in 29 minutes of play. Junior forward Derek Paben, Pickrell, NE, had another good offensive performance, scoring 24 points on eight of 13 shooting from the field.

He hit four of six 3-pointers and also had six rebounds. Senior forward Tommie King, Seattle, WA, tied Paben with a game-high 24 points. He also had two blocks and two steals. Freshman forward Turner Trofholz, Schuyler, NE, had 11 points and six rebounds.

Overall, South Dakota hit 35 of 68 field goals for 51.5 percent, including 11 of 27 3-point field goals. USD was 18 of 20 from the foul line which continued their outstanding performance this season from the charity stripe. As a team the Coyotes have made 191 of 232 free throws for 82.3 percent.

Jamestown was led by Charles Jones, who had 16 points while Randy Randle added 13 and Brandon Wilkens had 12. The Jimmies hit 29 of 73 field goals for 39.7 percent, including five of 17 from the 3-point arc. They were 13 of 17 from the free throw line.

After South Dakota jumped to a 4-0 lead, the Jimmies, whose only loss was to North Dakota (88-76), went on an 11-0 run to grab a 7-point lead at the 15:18 mark. South Dakota responded by scoring 11 of the next 13 points for an 18-13 lead at the 12:23 mark. During that run, the Coyotes received 5 points from Mueller, including a 3-pointer.

USD extended the advantage to 24-17 when freshman forward Trofholz made a three-pointer at the 9:30 mark. Jamestown fought back and took a 30-26 lead at the 6:17 mark after a lay-up by Brian White.

Paben had consecutive 3-pointers, including the second one that gave USD a 40-38 lead with 1:56 to play in the first half. Two free throws by King gave USD a 44-42 at halftime.

In the opening 20 minutes, USD hit 16 of 32 field goals for 50 percent, including six of 12 from 3-point range. USD made six of seven free throws. Paben had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Mueller had seven points.

Jamestown made 15 of 37 field goals for 40.5 percent, including three of eight from 3- point range. The Jimmies, who received 12 points from Jones, converted nine of 10 free throws.

The Coyotes started quickly in the second half with an 8-0 run. South Dakota extended the lead to 52-42 when Zach Fortune, Bellevue, NE, hit a 3-pointer with 18:14 to play. Jamestown's Benny Fragela hit a jumper to draw Jamestown to within 58-52 with 15:29 to play but that was as close as the Jimmies would get on the day.

USD opened up an 80-65 when Paben scored on a lay-up with 8:08 to play. Using a fast-break offense, USD continued to build the lead and had an 87-70 lead at the 4:24 mark. A lay-up by Fortune with 2:21 to play gave USD a 93-72 advantage. Malcom Heard's 3-pointer with 51 seconds to play gave USD its largest advantage of 99-76.

South Dakota will close its nonconference season on Dec. 29 by hosting Midland Lutheran at the DakotaDome. It is part of a women's and men's doubleheader. The USD women will play Sioux Falls at 3 p.m.

One-half hour after that game, the men's teams will take the court.

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