USD women down Winona State 70-55

USD women down Winona State 70-55 The South Dakota women's basketball team (2-1) defeated the Winona State Warriors (0-4), 70-55, on Nov. 26, the first day of the Nebraska-Omaha Thanksgiving Classic in the Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha, NE.

The first half was played back and forth, with each team holding various leads, however, it was the Coyotes that went into intermission with a 3-point lead, 30-27.

It ended up being a lead that USD would hold onto as they pulled away in the second half, leading by as many as 20 points.

South Dakota generated their 3-point lead on a pair of free throws by junior college transfer Brittany Bessert (Fort Collins, CO) with one second left.

Bessert scored 8 of her career-high 20 points in the first half. She finished the game with a team-high 20 points and a team-high six rebounds. Bessert was seven-of-13 from the field and five-of-six from the free throw line.

Coyote freshman Janielle Bryan, playing close to her hometown of Bellevue, NE, also had a career-high, as she converted three-of-four field goals and all four of her free throws to finish with 11 points in 12 minutes of play.

As a team, USD shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field, including 10-of-27 (37.0 percent) 3-pointers. The Coyotes also shot a season-high 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the charity stripe.

For Winona State, Amanda Reimer recorded a double-double with game-highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds. She was the only Warrior to score in double figures.

Winona State converted 38.8 percent (19-of-49) from the field and 70 percent (14-of-20) of their free throws. The Warriors did out-rebound the Coyotes, 39-27, but committed 14 turnovers and shot just 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from 3-point land.

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