Bourne leads USD women past William Penn

Bourne leads USD women past William Penn Led by a school-record nine 3-pointers from senior guard Erin Bourne, the South Dakota women's basketball team (6-1) rolled to a 95-41 win over William Penn (3-8) at the Nebraska-Omaha Women's Basketball Classic on Saturday.

Bourne had a career-high 29 points, making 9-of-13 three pointers which broke the school record of Shelby Peterson, who twice made eight 3-pointers in the 1991-92 season (vs. Peru State, St. Cloud State). Overall, Bourne made 10-of-15 field goals and contributed three rebounds and two assists.

South Dakota freshman guard Jenni Flynn also had her best game as a Coyote. She had a career-high 19 points, hitting 7-of-14 field goals, including 3-of-9 from 3-point range. In addition, Flynn had seven rebounds, two assists and a steal. Sophomore Meghan Woster had 9 points, eight assists and five rebounds while redshirt freshman Vanessa Yanez contributed 7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

In limited minutes, USD All-American Mandy Koupal had 6 points and seven rebounds. Koupal is just 8 points from taking over third place (Shelby Peterson, 1487, 1990-94) on the career scoring list at South Dakota.

With the win, USD was 2-0 at the UNO Basketball Classic. The Coyotes defeated Minnesota State Moorhead, 56-55, on Nov. 28.

South Dakota jumped to a 13-2 lead (16:07) in the opening minutes as Bourne knocked down a couple of 3-point field goals. After William Penn closed the gap to 13-9, the Coyotes took control. USD went on a 14-0 run to increase its lead to 27-9 at the 7:01 mark of the first half.

A lay-up by Jodi Schroeder gave USD a 36-16 lead at the 3:28 mark. Then, Bourne hit her sixth 3-pointer (:29) and Stacy Schooley made a jumper as the half closed and South Dakota led 49-22.

The second half went much like the first half as South Dakota opened on a 13-0 run, grabbing a 62-22 lead after Flynn hit a 3-pointer with 16:58 to play. Later, Flynn made a lay-up as USD increased its lead to 85-35 with 6:27 to play. Bourne's record-breaking 3-pointer gave USD its biggest lead at 92-37 lead with 3:27 to play.

A key factor in the game was USD's ability to convert turnovers into points. The Coyotes held a 31-0 margin in points off turnovers. For the game, USD had just four turnovers while William Penn committed 16. South Dakota also won the rebound battle, 43-32.

Overall, South Dakota made 37-of-76 field goals for a season-best 48.7 percent. The Coyotes made 41.2 percent from three point range, knocking down 14-of-34. It is the second time this season, the Coyotes have made 14 3-pointers in a game. USD was 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the free throw line.

Kristina McNew led William Penn with 15 points and six rebounds. William Penn made 13-of-46 field goals for 28.3 percent and just 2-of-10 3-point field goals. They made 13-of-16 from the charity stripe.

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