UNO defeats 16th-ranked USD women’s basketball team, 67-61

UNO defeats 16th-ranked USD women's basketball team, 67-61 The Nebraska-Omaha women's basketball team (13-6, 3-1 NCC) converted a pair of three pointers down the stretch and defeated 16th-ranked South Dakota (12-5, 1-2 NCC), 67-61, in North Central Conference basketball on Jan. 20 at the DakotaDome before 2,143 in attendance.

After South Dakota had rallied from a 14-point deficit to grab a 59-57 lead, UNO guard Karen Thies tied the game with a jumper with 2:24 left and then Lindsey Petersen hit a three-pointer for a 62-59 lead with 1:48 left in the opening half. After USD's Meghan Woster scored inside at the 1:25 mark, J.J. Smith hit a three-pointer to give UNO a 65-61 lead at the 1:04 mark.

USD was led in scoring by freshman Ashley Robinette, who had 16 points and five rebounds. Woster added 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Thies scored 18 points to pace UNO and she also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. J.J. Smith added 18 points and Lindsey Peterson had 13 points for the Mavericks.

Early on the Mavericks took control of the game, grabbing a 17-7 lead at the 12:42 mark. UNO built the lead to 25-12 at the 8:05 mark after Leslie Ross hit a free throw for the Mavericks. UNO built the lead to 33-19 at the 3:05 mark when Petersen hit a three-pointer. USD responded with a three-pointer by Kristi Tighe, whose basket cut the deficit to 33-22 at the 2:25 mark. Two foul shots by Woster pulled USD with 33-25 with 54 seconds left in the first half. Woster made a lay-up with seven seconds left to cut the lead to 35-27 at the halftime break.

Poor foul shooting hurt USD in the opening half. USD made just 3-of-10 free throws attempts, including four front ends of one and ones. USD made 10-of-23 field goals, including just 4-of-12 from three-point range. UNO hit 13-of-31 field goals for 41.9 percent, including 5-of-10 from three-point range. UNO made 4-of-5 free throws in the opening half.

The Coyotes were also hurt by fouls as sophomore guard Jenni Flynn played just nine minutes and had three fouls. Tighe led USD with seven points in the first half. Brittany Bessert and Woster each added six points. UNO was paced by Smith with 10 points while Petersen and Thies had eight points.

A three-pointer by Vanessa Yanez cut the UNO lead to 39-34 at the 17:25 mark of the second half. However, the Mavericks used a jumper by Smith to build the lead to 43-34 at the 15:04 mark. Later, Robinette hit a lay-up to cut the Mavericks' lead to 45-43 with 12:46 to play in the second half. Another jumper by Robinette cut UNO's lead to 52-50 at the 6:55 mark. Then, Robinette hit a jumper at the 3:04 mark for a 56-54 USD lead. The team changed points with Robinette's inside basket providing USD with its' final lead of the game, 59-57, with 2:35 to play. From that point, UNO outscored USD, 10-2, to take a six-point win (67-61).

Overall on the night, the Coyotes were 23-of-46 from the field for 50 percent, including 7-of-21 from three-point range. It was the first time in five games that USD did not make more than 10 three-pointers in a game. USD was 8-of-17 from the foul line for 47.1 percent. UNO hit 25-of-58 field goals for 43.1 percent, including 8-of-15 from three point range for 53.3 percent. The Mavericks were 9-of-14 from the foul line for 64.3 percent. UNO won the rebound battle, 41-27. Both teams committed 13 turnovers, recorded six steals and had four blocked shots.

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