Coyote women fall 79-73 to Drury in Orlando The third-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (1-1) fell, 79-73, to Drury Saturday afternoon at the Division II Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, FL.
The Coyotes were unable to overcome Drury's long-range shooting, as the ninth-ranked Lady Panthers hit 68.8 percent of their shots from 3-point range (11-of-16).
Senior forward Mandy Koupal led the Coyotes with 28 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots.
USD got off to a slow start in the first half, while Drury came out on fire taking a 46-23 lead after the opening 20 minutes of play.
South Dakota shot 31.3 percent (10-of-32) in the opening stanza, compared to Drury connecting on 66.7 percent of its shots from the field (16-of-24), including knocking down 6-of-7 3-pointers.
In the second half, the Coyotes fell behind by as many as 26 points, trailing 62-36 with 14:32 to play. But over the next 8:23, South Dakota outscored Drury 27-5 to pull within four at 67-63 with 6:09 to play.
USD went on to tie the game at 73-73 with 46 seconds to play on a pair of free throws by senior Stacy Schooley, who had 15 points. Drury closed out the scoring though with six straight points, including a 3-pointer by Kara Rutledge, to seal the win. Rutledge and Amanda Newton each had 20 points for Drury.
For the game, the Coyotes shot 45.6 percent from the field (26-of-57), while Drury connected on 53.2 percent of its attempts from the floor (25-of-47). Drury out-rebounded USD, 35-23.
Senior guard Erin Bourne had 11 points for the Coyotes, including hitting 3-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line.