Coyote women roll to 104-62 victory

Coyote women roll to 104-62 victory The fourth-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (14-1) won its 13th game and shot a season-best 56 percent from the field as the Coyotes rolled to a 104-62 nonconference win over Chadron State (0-8) on Saturday at the Augustana Basketball Classic.

Four Coyotes reached double figures, led by All-American Mandy Koupal (Wagner), who had 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Redshirt freshman Vanessa Yanez (Wagner) had a career-high 22 points while freshman Jenni Flynn (South Sioux City, NE) added 19 points, including 5-of-7 three pointers. Junior Kayla Jacobs (Watertown) had 14 points, including three 3-pointers.

The Coyotes, playing without the services of senior point guard Stacy Schooley, received a boost from senior guard Dawn Sudbeck (Dimock), who had 5 points and four assists. All nine USD players that got into the game scored.

South Dakota recorded a season-high 104 points and was the highest output by a USD team since a 105-41 win over Minnesota-Morris during the 2002-03 season.

Overall, South Dakota hit a torrid 36-of-64 field goals for 56 percent, including 14-of-22 3-point field goals for 64 percent. The Coyotes, which made 14 3-pointers for the third time this season, hit 18-of-20 free throws for 90 percent. USD hit 51.2 percent in the opening half then made 18-of-29 shots for 62 percent in the second stanza.

South Dakota led 3-2 before going on a 10-0 run and were never challenged. USD led 52-26 at halftime. Chadron State, which received 15 points from Erin Cherry, cut the lead to 63-41 with 14:24 to play in the second half but that was as close as the Eagles would get on the day.

USD outscored Chadron State, 41-21 during the remainder of the game to grab the win. USD's largest lead was 104-60 in the closing seconds after Erica Schroeder (Miller) knocked home a 3-point field goal.

Next for South Dakota is a Jan. 3 game with Mount Marty at the DakotaDome. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.

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