Tighe scores career-best 21 to lead Coyotes to win

Tighe scores career-best 21 to lead Coyotes to win Freshman Kristie Tighe scored a career-high 21 points to lead the 24th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (9-3) to a 88-47 nonconference win over Chadron State (1-10) at the Augustana Basketball Classic on Dec. 29 in Sioux Falls.

Tighe, a reserve guard, did not play until midway through the first half but then responded with her career-best performance as a member of the Coyotes. Tighe had 11 of her 21 points in the first-half, including 8 in the final minute of the opening stanza when she hit a pair of 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer.�Overall, Tighe hit 6-of-9 field goals, including a career-best 5-of-6 3-pointers and she also had four made free throws. Tighe chipped in with four rebounds and two steals. It was her third double digit scoring game this season.

Overall, USD had four players score in double digits, including sophomore guard Jenni Flynn, who added 16 points and seven rebounds. Flynn made 4-of-7 3-pointers in reaching double digits for the 10th straight game. Flynn's four 3-point baskets give her 96 in her career, which is seventh all-time at USD.

Junior guard Meghan Woster contributed 8 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a solid all-around floor game for USD. Vanessa Yanez, a sophomore, totaled 12 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Ashley Robinette added 10 points and three assists, while sophomore forward Erica Schroeder tied a career-best with 9 points. She also had six rebounds.

The Coyotes made 29-of-70 field goals for 41.4 percent, tying a season-high with 14 made 3-pointers on 33 attempts for a 42.4 percent conversion rate. USD also hit 16-of-21 free throws for 76.2 percent. USD won the rebound battle, 49-43.

Key for the Coyotes was bench production in which USD, led by Tighe's performance, held a 46 to 15 advantage over Chadron State. USD also took advantage of turnovers, outscoring the Eagles, 28-6, in points off turnovers. Chadron State committed 19 turnovers while USD made just 10 miscues.

Taylor Cady led Chadron State with 14 points. Also for the Eagles, guard Fawn Trepka had 10 points, including three, 3-pointers in the second half. The Eagles hit 20-of-68 field goals for 29.4 percent, including 4-of-16 from 3-point range. CSC made 3-of-4 free throws.

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