Coyote women drop 83-71 to Concordia St. Paul

Coyote women drop 83-71 to Concordia St. Paul The 24th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (8-3), hurt by cold shooting and turnovers, dropped an 83-71 nonconference decision to 14th-ranked Concordia St. Paul (7-2) Dec. 28 at the Augustana Basketball Class-ic in Sioux Falls.

The Coyotes took an early lead and then, after falling behind by double digits, made several runs at the Golden Bears.

Turnovers were the biggest problem for USD, which committed 20 to nine for the Golden Bears. CSP, utilizing full-court pressure and physical play inside, recorded 17 steals to just two for the Coyotes.

USD was outscored by CSP, 27 to 12, in points off turnovers. Additionally, CSP held a 32 to 16 advantage in points in the paint. USD's rebounding was a big factor for the Coyotes as they held a 39 to 38 advantage over the Golden Bears.

The Coyotes, which had four players in double figures, were led by sophomore Jenni Flynn, who recorded her sixth career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Flynn also scored in double figures for the eighth straight time and ninth overall this season.

Senior point guard Meghan Woster added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Coyotes. Junior Brittany Bessert supplied 13 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Vanessa Yanez added 12 points and five rebounds. Yanez made 4-of-9 from 3-point range.

Overall, South Dakota hit 22-of-53 from the field for 41.5 percent, including 8-of-25 from 3-point range for 32 percent. USD made 19-of-25 from the free throw line for 76 percent.

Concordia-St. Paul was led by Kayla Christensen, who had 23 points, including 10-of-20 field goals. Ashley Smith recorded a double double for the Bears with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Heidi Gill had 11 points.

The Golden Bears hit 34-of-75 shots from the field, including 5-of-18 from 3-point range. CSP also made 10-of-15 free throws for 66.7 percent.

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