Five USD women score in double figures Sunday at DakotaDome The South Dakota women's basketball team (12-3) utilized its 3-point shot mastery to record its fourth straight win with a 90-53 nonconference decision over the College of St. Mary (8-10) on Sunday afternoon at the DakotaDome.
The Coyotes knocked home 16-of-37 3-point field goals for 43.2 percent in the win. While USD made just 6-of-21 in the first half, the Coyotes connected on 10-of-16 for 62.5 percent in the second half. Overall, USD hit 30-of-62 field goals for 48.4 percent and also connected on 14-of-16 shots from the charity stripe.
USD had five players score in double figures, including a team-high 19 points from sophomore guard Jenni Flynn, who also had six rebounds and two steals. Flynn hit 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Sophomore forward Vanessa Yanez added 16 points and seven rebounds. Yanez had a career-best five 3-point field goals (eight attempts).
Freshman Ashley Robinette scored in double figures for the second straight game and had 13 points. Robinette had a perfect shooting game, making 4-of-4 from the field, including both of her 3-point shots. She also made three free throws and grabbed two rebounds with two assists and two steals. Ashley Bjorkman, a redshirt freshman from Vermillion, had a career-high with 11 points and connected on three, 3-point field goals. Freshman Janielle Bryan added 11 points as she made 4-of-6 shots from the field.
This is the fourth straight game USD has made 14 or more 3-point shots as a team. The 16 3-pointers against St. Mary was a season-high for the Coyotes. In all, nine players scored for USD.
St. Mary hit 18-of-52 field goals for 34.6 percent, including just 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range. They made 15-of-22 free throws for 68.2 percent. St. Mary won the rebound battle, 36-32. Sandy Kirchner led St. Mary with 21 points. Katie Jo Lawton had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Flames.
Key for South Dakota was its defensive pressure, which recorded 10 steals and forced St. Mary into 15 turnovers. USD committed a season-low five turnovers.