USD women defeat Colorado Mines 65-44

USD women defeat Colorado Mines 65-44 The fourth-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (13-1) defeated the Colorado School of Mines (3-6), 65-44, Saturday afternoon in nonconference action at the DakotaDome.

Led by senior All-American Mandy Koupal, South Dakota had four players in double figures. Koupal of Wagner, had 13 points and nine rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

Freshman guard Jenni Flynn of South Sioux City, NE, contributed 12 points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists while senior guard Stacy Schooley of Watertown had 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and an assist.

Junior forward Kayla Jacobs of Watertown added 11 points, knocking down 3-of-7 3-point field goals. Heather Angel led the Colorado School of Mines with 11 points and had six rebounds.

In a cold shooting first half by both teams, Colorado Mines jumped to a 6-2 lead with 13:46 to play in the half. South Dakota, which hit just 25.9 percent (7-of-27) in the first half, took a 9-6 lead at the 11:28 mark and never trailed thereafter. USD opened a 22-15 lead at the 4:38 mark on two free throws by Erin Bourne (Sauk Rapids, MN).

However the Orediggers closed to within 24-20 at the 2:00 mark on a jumper by Angela Pearson. A lay-up by Schooley provided the Coyotes with a 26-21 halftime lead.

USD took control of the game at the outset of the second half with an 18-3 run in the first 6:29. With the Orediggers limited to 8 points until the last five minutes of the half, USD was able to build the lead to 55-29 at the 5:41 mark as Jacobs hit the third of her 3-point field goals.

A 3-pointer by Jenni Flynn provided the Coyotes with a 61-33 lead with 3:25 left.

Overall South Dakota made 36.4 percent (20-of-55) from the field but hit 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from 3-point range. USD also made 93.8 (15-of-16) percent of its foul shots.

The Orediggers' downfall was their shooting. The visitors made just 24.2 percent (16-of-66) for the game. Colorado Mines made 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from three-point range and 60 percent (6-of-10) from the foul line.

Next for South Dakota is a game with Chadron State on Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. in Sioux Falls.

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