No. 17 USD women pull away for 68-53 win

No. 17 USD women pull away for 68-53 win The 17th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (21-5, 6-4 NCC) used a 15-0 run down the stretch to pull away for a 68-53 victory over Minnesota State (8-15, 2-8 NCC) Saturday night at Bresnan Arena in Mankato, MN.

For the second consecutive night, USD received a pair of double-doubles from the duo of senior Mandy Koupal and freshman Jenni Flynn.

Koupal (Wagner) had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for her fifth-consecutive double-double, while also handing out four assists.

Flynn (South Sioux City, NE) pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 19 points, which included hitting 5-of-8 three-point field goals. Flynn also recorded four assists and three steals.

Sophomore forward Meghan Woster (Sioux Falls) added 11 points for the Coyotes to go along with her eight assists, which tied a season high.

South Dakota took a 38-28 advantage into the locker room at the half thanks to 55.6 percent shooting from the field (15-of-27), while holding MSU to just 37.5 percent shooting from the floor (9-of-24).

The Mavericks came out on a 10-2 run to open the second half, cutting the Coyote lead to two at 40-38 with 13:59 on the clock. MSU stayed within 4 points at 53-49 with 6:19 to play, before South Dakota took control of the contest with a 15-0 run over the next five minutes.

For the game, USD shot 49.1 percent from the field (27-of-55) and 42.1 percent beyond the 3-point arc (8-of-18). MSU was held to 39.1 percent shooting for the game (18-of-46) and hit just 30.4 percent of its 3-pointers (7-of-23). South Dakota won the battle of the boards, 34-29.

The Coyotes return home to close out the regular season with four consecutive home games, starting with a 6 p.m. tilt against North Dakota State on Friday, Feb. 20, at the DakotaDome.

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