Vikings are no match for Coyote women Saturday

Vikings are no match for Coyote women Saturday The Coyotes' Jenni Flynn looks for an open teammate under the basket. The USD sophomore poured in 17 points, including two 3-pointers, to contribute to her team's success over Augustana Saturday. The South Dakota women's basketball team (11-3, 1-0 NCC) used a strong perimeter game to roll past 20th-ranked Augustana (15-3, 0-1 NCC), 81-57, in the Coyotes' North Central Conference home opener at the DakotaDome on Saturday night before 2,834 in attendance.

South Dakota made 15-of-27 3-point field goals for 55.6 percent and made 15-of-31 field goals overall for 46.4 percent. The Coyotes were also 14-of-20 for 70 percent from the foul line.

Three USD players reached double figures, including 17 points, eight assists and five rebounds by junior point guard Meghan Woster.

Woster, who was 5-of-8 from the field, was 4-of-4 from 3-point range with the four long bombs a career-best. Sophomore guard Jenni Flynn added 17 points, including two 3-pointers in three attempts. Freshman forward Ashley Robinette supplied a career-high 16 points to go with four rebounds. She was 5-of-10 from the field and also hit 2-of-3 from 3-point range.

While USD was scorching the nets from long range, Augustana had difficulty shooting the ball. The Vikings made just 19-of-64 field goals for 29.7 percent. Even worse, the Vikings were 3-of-17 from 3-point range for 17.6 percent. Augustana made 16-of-21 free throws for 76.2 percent. Lindsey Fischbach had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead Augustana. Katie Krauth also reached double figures with 13 points.

For the third consecutive game, South Dakota made 14 or more 3-pointers as a team. USD made 14 (33 attempts) 3-pointers in a 88-47 win over Chadron State on Dec. 29 and followed up with 15 (28 attempts) in the 80-79 overtime win on the road against Wayne State on Jan. 2.

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