Jenni Flynn leads USD to an 86-48 win over Mount Mercy

Jenni Flynn leads USD to an 86-48 win over Mount Mercy USD's Janielle Bryan had no trouble getting past two Mount Mercy defenders last Friday in the DakotaDome. She pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds and scored 8 points. Sophomore Jenni Flynn had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds to help the South Dakota women's basketball team (6-2) to an 86-48 win over Mount Mercy (5-6) in nonconference basketball at the DakotaDome on Friday night.

Flynn, who also had a double-double last year against Mount Mercy (17 points, 11 rebounds), hit 8-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-6 3-point field goals in totaling 20 points in 24 minutes. It was her fourth career double-double.

Flynn, originally of South Sioux City, NE, also tied a career best (St. Cloud State, Feb. 13, 2003) by grabbing 12 rebounds, including five offensive boards. In addition, Flynn had a team-high three steals.

Sophomore forward Vanessa Yanez of Wagner, added 17 points and nine rebounds in 18 minutes of play. Yanez broke out of a shooting slump by hitting 8-of-15 shots from the field. Also reaching double figures was Kristie Tighe (Homer, NE), who had 12 points, including 2-of-3 from 3-point range. Freshman Janielle Bryan of Bellevue, NE, had a career-best 11 rebounds and also had 8 points. Point guard Meghan Woster of Sioux Falls, contributed 10 assists, six rebounds and 6 points.

USD improved its overall series record to 2-0 against Mount Mercy.

Overall, South Dakota hit 32-of-69 field goals for 46.4 percent. USD also made 12-of-31 3-point field goals for 38.7 percent and 10-of-13 free throws for 76.9 percent. USD won the rebounding battle, 56 to 36.

Ali Goldsmith led Mount Mercy with 14 points. Mount Mercy hit just 16-of-68 field goals for 23.5 percent. They were 6-of-21 from 3-point range for 28.6 percent and 10-of-13 from the foul line for 76.9 percent.

South Dakota jumped to a quick 11-2 lead at the 16:49 mark and never looked back. Yanez had 4 points during the run.

A jumper by Woster increased USD's lead to 17-5 at the 14-minute mark. After Mount Mercy cut the lead to 19-10, the Coyotes used a 10-2 run to increase the lead to 29-12 with 8:57 to play in the half. The Coyotes closed the half on a 26-5 run to take a 55-17 lead into the break.

Both Flynn and Yanez had 15 points in the opening half.

A jumper by Flynn provided USD with a 67-27 lead at the 10:51 mark of the second half. Two free throws by Tighe gave USD a 81-46 lead with 1:43 to play.

The South Dakota women's basketball team will host Northern State on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome.

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