USD women fall on last-second play With 0.6 seconds remaining in the game, Minnesota State's (8-11, 2-4 NCC) Jamie Kienitz was fouled as her lay-up went in and then hit the free throw to sink the South Dakota women's basketball team (13-7, 1-4 NCC), pushing the Coyotes NCC losing streak to four games, in front of 3,687, the largest crowd ever for a women's game at the Bresnan Arena Jan. 29 in Mankato, MN.
USD got career-highs off the bench from freshmen Ashley Robinette and Ashley Bjorkman (Vermillion), who combined for 42 of the Coyotes' 74 points. Bjorkman scored 22 on 8-of-13 shooting (6-of-9 three-pointers), while Robinette had 20 points. Jenni Flynn also chipped in 10 for USD.
Arin Andrews scored a career-high 25 points to lead the Mavericks, who had 14 points from Heather Peterson and 10 from Kienitz.
The two teams matched field goals with 26, while the Coyotes, who led 35-32 at halftime, made 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) three-pointers, to just 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) for MSU.
The difference came at the foul line and rebounding. Minnesota State made 21-of-25 (84 percent) attempts at the free throw line, to 11-of-15 (73.3 percent) for USD, despite the foul difference just being one, 16-15. The Mavericks outrebounded South Dakota, 38-25.
Meghan Woster contributed a season-high 13 assists for USD.