Flynn’s 3-pointer lifts USD to 71-69 win

Flynn's 3-pointer lifts USD to 71-69 win Freshman Jenni Flynn's 3-pointer with five seconds remaining lifted the 10th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (16-4, 1-3) to a thrilling 71-69 win over 11th-ranked North Dakota State (14-3, 3-1) Saturday night in front of 4,221 at the Bison Sports Arena in Fargo, ND.

The win for USD was its first in the NCC this season, snapping a 3-game losing streak.

Flynn, South Sioux City, NE, finished the game with 15 points, connecting on 5-of-7 3-pointers in 27 minutes of action off the bench.

Following a four-minute USD scoring drought late in the second half, the Coyotes trailed 66-60, before a basket by senior All-American Mandy Koupal with 2:15 remaining ignited an 8-1 run, putting South Dakota up 68-67 with 1:05 to play.

On NDSU's following position, Angie Froelich had her 3-pointer with 35 seconds remaining blocked by Koupal and the rebound going to Flynn. With the shot clock off, USD senior guard Erin Bourne had the ball stolen when taking the ball up the floor by Katie Lorenz, who was then fouled with 14 seconds on the clock.

Lorenz hit both of her free throws to give the Bison a 69-68 lead, before Flynn hit her game-winning 3 from the right corner with five seconds on the clock. NDSU's Froelich had a 3-pointer rim out as time expired, ending the Bison's 14-game winning streak.

Koupal led South Dakota in scoring with 23 points on 8-of-21 shooting. The Wagner native added 12 rebounds and four assists.

For the game, the Coyotes shot 52.0 percent from beyond the 3-point line (13-of-25) and 47.9 percent from the field (23-of-48).

USD got off to a solid start to open the back-and-forth game, taking a 14-10 lead on a basket by Meghan Woster with 13:38 on the clock. NDSU answered with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to grab a 22-16 advantage.

The Bison increased their lead to as many as 9, 32-23, but USD bounced back to outscore North Dakota State 11-4 over the final five minutes of the half, which included 3-point baskets from Bourne, Kayla Jacobs and Flynn, cutting the NDSU lead to 36-34 heading into the locker room.

After falling behind early in the second half, 42-37, the Coyotes put together a 9-2 scoring spurt capped by a Flynn 3-pointer with 15:39 to play, giving South Dakota its first lead since the 12:13 mark in the first half (16-14), 46-44.

NDSU scored 4 quick points to grab a 48-46 advantage, but the Coyotes again responded, this time with a 10-0 run, giving USD a 56-48 lead with 10:05 remaining in the game. The Bison answered with a 9-0 scoring run over the next three minutes to take back the lead, 57-56. A basket by Koupal with 6:25 to play put USD up 60-59, before the Coyotes' four-minute scoring drought.

The Bison were led in scoring by Michelle Fricke, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Froelich finished the game with 14 points, while Lorenz had 13.

NDSU was held to just 40.0 percent shooting from the field (24-of-60). The Bison outrebounded the Coyotes, 37-28.

South Dakota returns from its four-game road swing Friday, Jan. 23, against Minnesota State starting at 6 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

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