South Dakota women fall to UND in title game The South Dakota women's basketball team (17-13) saw its season draw to a close in an 84-69 setback to the top-seeded and 13th-ranked North Dakota (24-5) at the Betty Engelstad Center in Grand Forks, ND.
But, it was not without a USD performance that kept those gathered at the championship on the edge of their seats.
The Coyotes, appearing in their first NCC Wells Fargo Finals title game, battled to a first half lead and held a six-point second half lead before the homestanding UND squad found its shooting range and pulled away in the final five minutes.
USD was trying to knock off its third straight higher seed in the tournament after having eliminated second-seeded Minnesota Duluth (77-69) at Duluth, MN; and ousted third-seeded Augustana (84-83) in Grand Forks on Friday night.
Two Coyotes, sophomore guard Jenni Flynn and freshman forward Ashley Robinette, earned All Tournament honors.
Robinette had a solid outing in the title game with a career-high 23 points and seven rebounds. She hit 6-of-11 field goals, including three, three-point field goals and eight straight free throws. In the tournament, she totaled 45 points and 22 rebounds, averaging 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds. In the three games played by USD, she made 17-of-20 free throws for 85 points.
Flynn, who had 14 points and three, three-point field goals against UND on Saturday, totaled 73 points and averaged 24.3 per game to go with 6.7 rebounds a contest during the three tournament games. Flynn hit 22-of-37 field goals for 59.5 percent, including 17-of-24 three-point field goals for for 70.8 percent as well as 12-of-14 free throws for 85.7 percent.
Overall, South Dakota hit 20-of-53 field goals for 37.7 percent, including 9-of-23 from three-point range for 39.1 percent. It was the first time in four games that USD, which leads the nation with an average of 9.2 three-pointers per game, did not make at least 10 three-pointers in a game.
USD continued its solid shooting from the foul line by making 20-of-25 free throws for 80 percent.
USD committed 18 turnovers.