Coyote women's three-point shooting upsets Minnesota-Duluth All South Dakota needed was a little Flynn magic to shake things up in the NCC Wells Fargo Conference Tournament that opened on Tuesday night, March 1.
Jenni Flynn, a sophomore shooting guard, found her shooting zone, scoring a career-high 31 points and grabbing seven rebounds to lead South Dakota (16-12) to an upset win over second seeded Minnesota-Duluth (19-8) at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, MN. The win by South Dakota was the first-ever by a lower seed over a higher seeded squad in the NCC Wells Fargo Finals.
Flynn hit 8-of-13 shots, including a career-best 6-of-8 from three-point range and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Flynn, who scored 25 points in the second half, also had three assists and two steals in 34 minutes of action.
Time and time again, the sophomore guard frustrated Minnesota-Duluth with long range shots, particularly in the second half when she had four three-pointers, including the go-ahead field goal late in the game that provided USD with a 65-62 with 4:30 to play. USD never trailed after that point.
Aside from Flynn, Vanessa Yanez had 12 points, making 4-of-6 three-pointers in 13 minutes of action. Meghan Woster, a junior point guard, also had a standout performance for the Coyotes. She had 10 points, six assists, four steals, two blocks and six rebounds. Senior forward Kayla Jacobs had eight points.
UMD was led by Lindsey Dietz, a junior All-American, who had 17 points and 17 rebounds. Tasha Martin had 13 points and Tanysha Scott had 12 points. Justine Axtell had 12 rebounds for UMD.
Next for South Dakota is a match-up in the NCC Wells Fargo Semifinals with third-seeded 23rd-ranked Augustana on Friday, March 4. The Vikings defeated Nebraska-Omaha, 101-95 in overtime in the opening round at Sioux Falls on Tuesday night. The game will be played in Grand Forks, ND, the home of NCC champion North Dakota.