Southwest Minnesota State loses to Coyote women

Southwest Minnesota State loses to Coyote women Behind 57.7 percent shooting from the floor in the second half, the fourth-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (9-1) notched a 75-61 victory over Southwest Minnesota State Saturday night in Marshall, MN.

Senior forward Mandy Koupal (Wagner) scored a game-high 31 points, 21 of which came in the second half, and pulled down 11 rebounds en route to earning Most Valuable Player honors of the Southwest Minnesota State Classic.

After playing to a 32-32 tie through the first 20 minutes of play, the Mustangs stayed with the Coyotes for much of the second half. SMSU held a 48-47 lead with 10:59 to play, before USD went on a 16-5 run over the next six minutes to go up by 10 points, 63-53, and take control of the game.

Senior guard Stacy Schooley (Watertown) joined Koupal on the all-classic team with a line of 12 points, six steals, five rebounds and four assists against the Mustangs.

Sophomore Meghan Wooster (Sioux Falls) tied a season high with 13 points to go along with her five assists. Freshman Jenni Flynn (South Sioux City, NE) came off the bench to score 12 points, which included hitting 4-of-7 3-point baskets, in 31 minutes of play.

For the game, the Coyotes shot 50.9 percent from the floor (28-of-55), while holding Southwest Minnesota State to 44.4 percent shooting (20-of-45). USD had a solid night from behind the 3-point arc, hitting 47.4 percent from long range (9-of-19). The Mustangs outrebounded USD, 29-27.

Southwest Minnesota State was led in scoring by Michelle Bruns, who had 29 points and 10 rebounds.

The Coyotes return to action next Friday, Dec. 12, with a 3 p.m. tilt against Mount Mercy in the DakotaDome.

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