USD women lose to Creighton basketball team

USD women lose to Creighton basketball team
The South Dakota women's basketball team raced to a 26-19 lead but was unable to sustain the early momentum in a 81-48 loss to Division I Creighton University in exhibition play on Saturday, Nov. 12 in Omaha, NE.

South Dakota was led by sophomore Janielle Bryan of Bellevue, NE, who scored 11 points, and had two assists, two blocks, a steal and a rebound. USD also received eight points and four rebounds from junior forward Vanessa Yanez of Wagner.

Senior Meghan Woster of Sioux Falls, and sophomore Ashley Robinette of South Sioux City, NE, added seven points. Bridget Yoerger, a freshman from Hinton, IA, had six points and tied for game-high honors with 11 rebounds.

The Coyotes hit 12 of its first 15 shots from the floor as the Coyotes controlled the first 11 minutes, taking a 26-19 lead on a basket by South Sioux City, NE, native Jenni Flynn with 8:59 left in the first half.

After that, Creighton used a 10-0 run to take the lead. Four points by Ally Thrall opened the binge, which was followed by an Angie Janis jumper and back-to-back lay-ups from Sara Cain. Creighton later put together an 8-3 surge to close the first half with a 43-34 lead, their largest advantage in the opening 20 minutes.

Creighton outscored the Coyotes, 38-14, in the second half, including the opening nine points of the half.

For the game, USD hit 21-of-66 field goals for 31.8 percent, but made just 4-of-22 from three-point range. USD made 2-of-6 shots from the charity stripe. Creighton won the rebound battle, 50-30.

Creighton was led by Kristi Woodard, who had a double double with 17 points and 11 rebounds; and Angie Janis, who added 17 points. Creighton made 16-of-34 shots from the field for 47.1 percent, but converted just three-of-14 three-point field goals. The Blue Jays were 16-of-16 from the foul stripe.

A big key for Creighton was outscoring USD, 23-to-8, in points over turnovers.

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