USD women drop first NCC game, 89-62; North Dakota ‘fires on all cylinders’

USD women drop first NCC game, 89-62; North Dakota 'fires on all cylinders' The 17th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (12-4, 1-1 NCC) suffered its first North Central Conference loss and had its hot shooting iced for the first time all season Jan. 15 as 14th-ranked North Dakota was firing on all cylinders and downed the Coyotes, 89-62, at the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks, ND.

The Coyotes, who entered the game as the top three-point shooting team in the nation (15.0 per game), found themselves down quickly in the first half, as it was North Dakota that was shooting hot from three-point land, making 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) in the first period.

By comparison, USD was just 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) from behind the three-point arc in the first stanza.

The Coyotes, who trailed 51-26 at halftime, were also hampered in the first half by eight turnovers, while North Dakota also generated seven offensive rebounds that led to six first-half points.

Jenni Flynn, South Dakota's leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, was held to just one basket in the first half, which was a three-pointer that she hit with 2:40 left in the first half. She finished the game with nine points.

In the second half, the game was played even in the first 10 minutes as USD was able to get to the basket and hit their shots, but for every Coyote bucket North Dakota had an answer. The UND lead was 75-50 with 10 minutes left in the game, following a Meghan Woster free throw following the second-half media timeout.

USD could not get any closer, as the game was played around the 25-point North Dakota lead for the remainder of the half before finishing at 89-62.

Vanessa Yanez was the lone Coyote in double-figures as she scored 15 on five-of-seven three-point shooting.

South Dakota was outrebounded 48-26 in the game, while shooting just 36 percent (18-of-50) from the field, its second lowest percentage of the season. Behind the three-point arc, the Coyotes finished 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) and were 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the free throw line. USD finished with 15 turnovers.

North Dakota's Ashley Langen, who stands at 6-2, scored just four points in the first half, but poured in 11 more in the second half, as UND got the inside game going to compliment the long-distance shots.

Langen was one of five players in double-figures for UND. Carissa Jahner led all players with 18 points. Chelsea Hausauer scored 14, while Kelsey Maffin and Amy Mahlum added 13 and 11, respectively.

UND tied a single game school-record with 16 three-point field goals in 37 attempts (43.2 percent), while shooting 44.3 percent (31-of-70) from the field. At the free throw line, North Dakota converted 11-of-16 attempts for 68.8 percent.

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