Coyote women win Thursday in Dome The 14th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team defeated sixth-ranked North Dakota, 69-64, Thursday night in front of 1,250 fans at the DakotaDome.
The Coyotes improved to 11-1 with the win, while UND fell to 10-2 in both teams' North Central Conference opener. It was South Dakota's third straight victory over North Dakota at the DakotaDome.
Leading the way for USD was senior Heather Nelson, who scored 16 points and added nine rebounds. The forward from Yankton, was 6-of-11 from the field.
The Coyotes held a 30-28 lead after the opening stanza of play, and led by as many as 8, before UND closed out the first half with a 6-0 run. North Dakota upped its run to 8-0 after a Becky Moen jumper tied the game up at 30-30 at the 19:25 mark in the second half. USD and UND then exchanged buckets, before a lay-up by junior guard Stacy Schooley gave the Coyotes a 34-32 lead that they did not relinquish.
Schooley, a native of Watertown, scored 11 points and added seven rebounds for USD.
South Dakota was able to extend its lead to as many as 9 midway through the second half, but North Dakota was able to chip away at the Coyote advantage. A pair of free throws by Jenny Boll capped a 5-0 run for UND at the 5:40 mark, cutting South Dakota's lead to just one at 56-55.
The Coyotes answered with a 5-0 run of their own to take a 61-55 lead with 4:43 remaining.
A Schooley lay up with 2:41 left in the second half gave USD a 65-58 advantage, but UND battled back again, cutting the Coyotes' lead to 3, at 67-64, with 33 seconds on the clock after a Boll bucket. Schooley again answered for South Dakota, connecting on a free throw with 19 seconds remaining, to seal the Coyotes 11th win of the season.
Leading North Dakota in scoring was Moen, a senior from guard from Morris, MN, with 29 points on 11-of-26 shooting.
South Dakota's third scorer in double figures was Julia Frie, Byron, MN, who added 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
Junior All-American Mandy Koupal, Wagner, pulled down 10 rebounds for USD, but managed just 9 points to snap her streak of 39 consecutive games scoring in double figures during her career at South Dakota. Koupal had double figure rebounds for the eighth time this season and 23rd in her career.
South Dakota shot 46.2 percent from the field for the game (24-of-52), while UND managed to make just 36.4 percent of its shots (24-of-66).
North Dakota won the rebounding battle 44-41, including pulling down 17 offensive rebounds.
USD hit six of 18 3-pointers for 33.3 percent. USD struggled from the line, hitting just 15 of 29 from the charity stripe. Meanwhile, UND was just three of 25 from the 3-point line for 12 percent and 13 of 21 from the foul line.