16th ranked Coyote women fall to Minnesota Duluth 73-63

16th ranked Coyote women fall to Minnesota Duluth 73-63 Despite leading for the first 7:16 of the game, the 16th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (12-5, 1-2 NCC) could not hold its lead over 23rd-ranked Minnesota Duluth (14-5, 3-2 NCC) and trailed by 10 points, 40-30, at halftime, en route to a 73-63 loss at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, MN, on Jan. 22.

Although the Coyotes had four players in double figures, they could not overcome their 15 turnovers and 24 points from the Bulldogs All-American Lindsey Dietz.

Vanessa Yanez led USD with 13 points and seven rebounds as the visitors shot 45.5 percent (22-of-48) from the field. The Coyotes were 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) from three-point land and made 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) from the free throw line.

South Dakota outshot Minnesota Duluth from the field, as the Bulldogs shot 37.7 percent by making 26-of-69 field goals. UMD did make 28.6 percent (10-of-35) from downtown and were 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) at the charity stripe.

UMD outrebounded the Coyotes 38-34.

USD's Brittany Bessert recorded 12 points as she reached double-figures for the first time since scoring 13 against Concordia-St. Paul on Dec. 28. Ashley Robinette and Jenni Flynn pitched in 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Coyotes.

Besides 24 from Dietz, the Bulldogs got a dozen points each from Tanysha Scott and Tasha Martin.

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