USD women defeat Chadron State 96-60 in basketball action

USD women defeat Chadron State 96-60 in basketball action Four players scored in double figures as the 18th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (3-1) won its second straight game with a 96-60 nonconference win over Chadron State College (0-4) on the second day of the Nebraska-Omaha Basketball Classic on Nov. 27 at Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha, NE

South Dakota, which moved to 2-0 in its all-time series with Chadron State, improved to 33-5 in nonconference play over the past three years.

Sophomore forward Vanessa Yanez led the Coyotes with 16 points and also grabbed six rebounds in 19 minutes of action. Yanez of Wagner, hit 7-of-15 field goals, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. Freshman Kristie Tighe of Homer, NE, added 14 points, which is a career-best in her first season at USD. Tighe hit 4-of-6 field goals and 4-of-5 from 3-point range in 10 minutes of play. Sophomore Jenni Flynn of South Sioux City, NE, had 11 points, four rebounds and an assist.

Flynn hit 3-of-6 from 3-point range. In addition, freshman forward Janielle Bryan of Bellevue, NE, had 11 points for the her second straight double figure game. She hit 5-of-11 field goals and also had four rebounds. Junior Meghan Woster of Sioux Falls, had 6 points, 11 assists and two steals. Also for USD, Kasey Schlicker of Lake City, MN, added 8 points. A total of 12 players scored for USD.

Overall, USD hit 37-of-77 field goals for 48.1 percent, including 14-of-34 3-point field goals for 41.2 percent. The 14 3-pointers is a season-high for the Coyotes. USD also made 8-of-11 free throws for 72.7 percent.

After Chadron State scored the opening basket of the game, USD went on a 16-4 run to grab a 16-6 lead at the 13:17 mark of the first half. A 3-pointer by Flynn and a lay-up by Schlicker gave USD a 24-9 lead with 8:36 left in the half.

The Coyotes continued their offensive surge by opening a 39-13 lead at the 4:44 mark after a score inside by Bryan. A 3-pointer by Tighe with six seconds to play gave USD a 51-23 lead at the break. Yanez, Flynn and Tighe had 8 points in the first half.

South Dakota maintained its large lead throughout the second half. A lay-up by Yanez with 11:31 left gave USD a 69-37 lead. Later, Ashley Bjorkman, Vermillion, hit a 3-pointer to give USD a 79-42 lead with 8:04 to play, which was the Coyotes' largest lead of the game. Another 3-pointer by Tighe provided USD with a 91-54 lead with 1:37 to play.

USD's defensive pressure was a key factor in the game. The Coyotes forced 22 turnovers while committing just 12. As a result USD outscored Chadron State, 25-9, in points off turnovers.

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