Fourth-ranked Coyote women fall to SDSU

Fourth-ranked Coyote women fall to SDSU Stellar play by South Dakota's Mandy Koupal wasn't enough for a win as the Coyotes faced the Jackrabbits in Frost Arena Friday. Koupal had a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds, but foul trouble limited her to just 11 minutes of action in the second half. (Photo courtesy of Jon Benedict/Volante) The fourth-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (15-2, 0-1) had its 14-game winning streak snapped with a 99-83 loss to seventh-ranked South Dakota State Friday night in front of 7,343 fans in Brookings.

The Coyotes were led by senior All-American Mandy Koupal, who had a game-high 30 points and 11 rebounds. The Wagner native was in foul trouble all evening however, as she was limited to just 11 minutes of action in the second half.

Sophomore Meghan Woster (Sioux Falls) had a solid all-around night for USD, with 15 points, six assists and four rebounds. Woster was 3-of-3 from beyond the 3-point line.

Both USD and SDSU were on fire shooting the ball throughout the game, as the Coyotes were 50.9 percent from the field (28-of-55), while the Jacks were even better with a 56.1 shooting percentage (37-of-66).

Early in the game, SDSU jumped to a 19-11 lead, but thanks to 9 of Vanessa Yanez' 13 first-half points, the Coyotes evened up the game at 26-26 with 7:57 to play.

USD kept it within 2 at 35-33 with 4:42 to go, but the Jacks outscored the Coyotes, 14-6, to close out the half and take a 49-39 halftime lead.

While USD had a hot opening half, connecting on 6-of-11 3-pointers (54.5 percent), South Dakota State was just as hot, hitting 59.4 percent of its shots from the field in the first 20 minutes (19-of-32).

The Jacks' sizzling shooting continued in the second half as USD could get no closer than 8 points during the final 20 minutes. After trailing 60-52 with 15:25 on the clock, the Coyotes were unable to pull within single digits until the eight minute mark at 81-73.

Koupal kept it close for South Dakota, scoring 10 points in a three and a half minute span, as the Coyotes trailed 88-79 with 5:00 to go. After Koupal picked up her fifth foul with 4:08 on the clock, the Jacks closed out the game with an 11-4 run to go onto the victory.

SDSU had four players in double figures, led by senior Brenda Davis, who had 23 points and six rebounds.

For the game, South Dakota was 9-of-18 from the 3-point line (50.0 percent), while the Jacks were 9-of-22 (40.9 percent). At the foul line, the Coyotes hit 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (18-of-27), compared to 69.6 percent for South Dakota State (16-of-23). The battle of the boards was equal, as both squads pulled down 32 rebounds.

True freshman Jenni Flynn came of the bench for USD to score 11 points and grab four rebounds.

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