Women drop 78-71 decision Saturday South Dakota's Ashley Robinette (35) battles with Minnesota-Duluth's Katie Winkelman for a rebound during Saturday night's game in the DakotaDome. The 21st-ranked Minnesota-Duluth women's basketball team (17-5, 6-2 NCC) fought off a late charge by South Dakota (13-9, 1-6 NCC) to maintain its hold atop the North Central Conference standings with a 78-71 decision before 1,824 at the DakotaDome on Saturday night.
UMD is 6-2 and owns a 1/2 game lead over North Dakota in the NCC standings.
Four players reached double figures for South Dakota, which has lost six straight NCC games. Brittany Bessert and Jenni Flynn both scored 14 points to lead USD. Bessert added four assists while Flynn established a school record for consecutive free throws with 29. Flynn also had five rebounds and two three-point field goals. Meghan Woster supplied 13 points, five assists and six rebounds while freshman Ashley Robinette had 10 points and seven rebounds.
In the opening half, Ashley Bjorkman of Vermillion, scored eight points to lead USD. She was 2-of-2 from three-point range.
All-American Lindsey Dietz led UMD with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Tanysha Scott added 15 points for the Bulldogs.
In this closely contested game, the lead changed hands twice and the score was tied 10 times.
Overall, the Coyotes hit 24-of-54 field goals for 44.4 percent, including 6-of-13 from three point range for 46.2 percent. USD was 17-of-25 from the foul line for 68 percent.
UMD was 27-of-68 from the field for 39.7 percent, including 7-of-28 from three-point range for 25 percent. The Bulldogs made 17-of-25 free throws for 68 percent. UMD won the rebound battle, 47-34.
Next for South Dakota is a home contest with Minnesota State, Mankato at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the DakotaDome.