USD women sneak by Minnesota-Moorhead The third-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (5-1) erased a 12-point deficit with 10 minutes remaining to squeak out a 56-55 win over Minnesota-Moorhead Friday afternoon at the UNO Classic in Omaha, NE.
Senior All-American Mandy Koupal scored 12 of her game-high 33 points during USD's 18-5 run over the final 10:42 to lift the Coyotes to the victory. Koupal hit 12-of-21 shots from the field, including 3-of-4 from the 3-point line. She also added a game-high 12 rebounds.
South Dakota fell behind 34-26 after the first half of play, hitting just 10-of-27 shots from the floor (37.0 percent) and only 2-of-10 from the 3-point arc.
Moorhead pushed its lead to as many as 13 points in the second half at 39-26, before South Dakota used a 10-4 run over the next five minutes to cut MSU-Moorhead's lead to seven at 43-36 with 11:50 to go in the game.
The Dragons answered with a 7-2 spurt to push its lead back to 12, before the Coyotes went on its game-winning run.
For the game, USD struggled at the foul line, hitting just 14-of-26 shots from the charity stripe (53.8 percent). From the field, the Coyotes didn't do any better, shooting 35.2 percent from the floor (19-of-54).
Moorhead connected on 40.0 percent of its field goals (20-of-50) and 90.9 percent of its foul shots (10-of-11). The Coyotes were outrebounded, 42-29.
Sophomore Meghan Wooster was USD's only other player in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds. Senior Stacy Schooley added six assists, five
steals, 3 points and three rebounds.
Moorhead was led in scoring by Liz Klukas, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds.