Woster, Flynn lead Coyote women to 80-79 OT win

Woster, Flynn lead Coyote women to 80-79 OT win Junior guard Meghan Woster hit a free throw with 2.3 seconds to play to lift the 24th-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (10-3) to an 80-79 overtime win over Wayne State (11-3) in nonconference women's basketball on Sunday night at Wayne, NE.

Woster made 1-of-2 free throws in the closing seconds after being fouled on a drive to the basket in the closing seconds. Wayne State had tied the game with 8.3 seconds to play.

Jenni Flynn, a sophomore, scored a career-high 25 points and hit a game-tying 3-point shot from 24 feet with 0.9 seconds left in regulation. Flynn hit 7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds.

USD received support from reserve guard Kristi Tighe who had 17 points and did not miss a shot from the field. Tighe hit 6-of-6 from the field, including 5-of-5 from 3-point range. In the past two games, Tighe has scored 38 points (career-high 21 points vs. Chadron State on Dec. 29) off the bench.

Aside from Flynn and Tighe, USD had two other players score in double figures. Woster had 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while Vanessa Yanez supplied 16 points and six rebounds.

Key for South Dakota was its perimeter game. USD made a season-best 15 3-pointers, connecting on 53.6 percent (15-of-28). Overall, USD hit 26-of-62 field goals for 41.9 percent. USD made just 13-of-22 free throws for 59.1 percent.

For the game, Wayne State hit 27-of-67 from the field for 40.3 percent. They were just 7-of-24 for 29.2 percent from 3-point range. The Wildcats hit 18-of-22 free throws for 81.8 percent. Erin McCormick led Wayne State with 22 points while Nicole Gruntorad had a double double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Wayne State won the rebounding battle, 43-41.

It was the second 1-point win for the Coyotes against the Wildcats.

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