15th-ranked North Dakota edge South Dakota women 78-73 The South Dakota women's basketball team (14-11, 2-8 NCC) dropped a hard-fought 78-73 decision Feb. 19 to 15th-ranked North Dakota (20-5, 8-2 NCC) before a state-wide televised audience at the DakotaDome with 3,038 in attendance.
With the win, UND ended a four-game losing skid to South Dakota at the DakotaDome and retained the NCC lead.
South Dakota placed four players in double figures and received career-first double double from reserve forward Erica Schroeder. In her best performance as a Coyote, Schroeder had 11 points, 10 points and six assists along with two blocks and a steal.
The Coyotes were led in scoring by Jenni Flynn who had 16 points, including 3-of-6 from three-point range.
She also extended her school record free throw streak to 32 in-a-row. Flynn was 6-of-9 from the field.
Junior point guard Meghan Woster had 14 points and six rebounds to go with two steals. She was 8-of-8 from the foul line. Also reaching double digits was Brittany Bessert with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
North Dakota was led by a career-high 31 points from Chelsea Hausauer, who was averaging eight points a game on the season. Both Kristi Boese and Ashley Langen had 12 points for UND, which also got 11 points from Amy Mahlum.
Overall, USD hit 22-of-58 field goals for 37.9 percent, including 8-of-18 from three-point range for 44.4 percent. A key factor for USD was its free throw shooting as the Coyotes knocked down 21-of-24 free throws for 87.5 percent. UND made 28-of-67 field goals for 41.8 percent, including 7-of-15 from three-point range. UND was 15-of-21 from the foul line for 71.4 percent. North Dakota also won the rebound battle, 47-34.