South Dakota women defeat Augie 86-58 Woster records her first career double double Sophomore guard Meghan Woster recorded her first career double double with 13 points and 10 assists to lead the No. 15 South Dakota women's basketball team (24-5, 9-4) to a 86-58 North Central Conference win over Augustana (12-14, 4-9 NCC) before 2,603 at the DakotaDome on Friday night.
The win was South Dakota's seventh straight and ninth in the past 10 games. The 24th win by South Dakota represents the second most wins by a team in USD women's basketball history. A year ago, USD had a team record 27 wins (27-5).
Woster hit 5-of-9 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from three point range while also recording a block and a steal in a solid performance at the point. South Dakota's walking double double, Mandy Koupal, recorded her 19th of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She now has 54 in her career. With her point total tonight, the consensus All-American now is 17 points (1,326) from the NCC career scoring record (Jenny Crouse, 1,342). Koupal hit 6-of-12 field goals while also recording two blocked shots and a steal.
Key to the Coyotes' win was its three-point shooting. USD hit a season-high 15-of-30 three pointers, led by Erin Bourne (Sauk Rapids, MN), who hit 5-of-9 from downtown and totaled 18 points. Freshman guard Jenni Flynn (South Sioux City, NE) had three, three-point field goals and totaled 13 points while also grabbing nine boards.
After Augustana jumped to an early 6-4 lead (16:45), the Coyotes caught fire and went on a 21-2 run to grab a 25-8 lead with 11:30 to play as Vanessa Yanez (Wagner) hit a three-pointer.
USD continued its first half offensive surge and took a 46-21 lead at the 4:15 mark when Yanez again connected from three-point range. When USD's Erica Schroeder (Miller) scored with three seconds to play in the first half, USD led 54-33. That halftime point total was a season-best for the Coyotes.
In the opening half, USD hit 61.3 percent from the field (19-of-31), including 60 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range. Meanwhile Augustana made just 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from the field, making just 27.3 percent from three-point range (3-of-11).
In the second half, USD's offensive pace slackened a bit but Augustana could draw no closer that 55-39 with 16:37 to play after a jumper by Joanna Nauman. A three-point basket by Flynn moved USD's edge to 65-45 at the 12:26 mark of the second half. From that point, USD took off on a 19 to 9 run for an 84-54, its largest margin of the game at 3:02 of the second half.
All eight Coyotes scored, including nine points from Kayla Jacobs (Watertown), eight points from Yanez, four from Jodi Schroeder (Tulare), and two points by Erica Schroeder. The Coyotes shot 47.5 percent from the field for the game, connecting on 29-of-61 field goals. USD was 13-of-15 from the foul line, including 7-of-9 by Koupal.
Augustana was led by Laura Hensley, who had 17 points, five steals and three assists. Naumann added 13 points and eight boards. The Vikings made 36.4 percent from the field on 24-of-66 shooting. Augie hit 5-of-21 three point field goals for 23.8 percent and made 5-of-7 free throws.
The Coyotes won the rebound battle, 43-34.
Notes: With the win, USD improved to 18-0 when leading at halftime. Mandy Koupal increased her school record point total to 2,037 and has 2,391 in her career which is eighth all-time in Division II. The Coyotes improved to 223-117 (.656) at the DakotaDome and now has a 12-1 home record this season. With the 15 three-point field goal attempts, USD has 648 and broke the mark of 638 set last year.
Koupal also set two new records. With nine free throw attempts, Koupal now has 226 this season to break her mark of 222 set last year in 32 games. She also snapped the school record for made career field goals with 718. The old mark was held by Karrie Wallen, who had 717 from 1980-84.