USD women fall 61-48 at Nebraska-Omaha; record is 1-5 in NCC

USD women fall 61-48 at Nebraska-Omaha; record is 1-5 in NCC For the first time since the 1999-00 season, the South Dakota women's basketball team fell to 1-5 in the North Central Conference play (13-8 overall), after suffering a 61-48 setback Feb. 3 to the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (14-7, 4-2 NCC) at the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha, NE.

As the final score indicated, points were a premium in the game as UNO led just 22-18 at halftime, as each team shot less than 28 percent in the first half. The Coyotes didn't hit a field goal until the 14:53 mark in the game, when Meghan Woster hit a jumper to cut the Mavericks' lead to 8-3.

USD, the top three-point shooting team in the nation went 0-for-10 in the first half from behind the arc, before finishing 3-of-23 (13 percent) for the game. It was the Coyotes' lowest three-point shooting performance of the season.

For the game, Woster was the lone Coyote in double figures with 10 points. Jenni Flynn led USD in rebounding with nine, as the visitors were outrebounded by the Mavericks, 50-39.

As a team, USD finished 29.5 percent (18-of-61) from the field and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line.

In comparison, UNO converted 38.1 percent (24-of-63) from the field including 9-of-19 (47.4 percent) from three-point land. From the line, the Mavericks were just 4-of-10.

J.J. Smith led UNO with 23, while Chelsie Groslie scored a career-high 14. Lindsey Peterson added 10 for the Mavericks. Carlye Jones grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds.

Each team had just 11 turnovers in the game.

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