Flynn’s 22 points leads USD women to win Saturday in Marshall

Flynn's 22 points leads USD women to win Saturday in Marshall
Junior guard Jenni Flynn scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the South Dakota Women's Basketball Team (5-2) to a 78-52 win over host Southwest Minnesota State (3-3) on Saturday at the SMSU U.S. Bancorp/McDonald's Classic in Marshall, MN.

Flynn of South Sioux City, IA, broke out of a shooting slump with her best performance of the season. She hit 7-of-10 field goals, including 4-of-7 three-point field goals in registering her season-high. She also made 4-of-5 free throws and had two assists.

By virtue of its win, the Coyotes won the Classic with a 2-0 mark. They defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 70-64, on Friday night.

Two Coyotes were named to the All-Tournament Team, including senior guard Meghan Woster of Sioux Falls; and freshman forward Bridget Yoerger of Hinton, IA.

Yoerger was named the MVP of the Classic by totaling 39 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Against SMSU on Saturday, she had 14 points, six rebounds, five steals and three blocked shots. Saturday, she had 25 points and nine rebounds against Minnesota-Crookston. In the two-day classic, Yoerger hit 16-of-28 field goals for 57.1 percent and 7-of-9 free throws for 77.8 percent.

Woster had 23 assists, including a career-high 13 last night. She added her second straight double-digit assist game with 10 against the Mustangs.

"We had a solid effort tonight," USD head coach Chad Lavin told Lane Grindle of the Coyote Sports Network in a post-game interview. "I thought we handled their press effectively. We hit some early shots which really helped our confidence. Jenni's performance was important. I don't know if we would have won without her strong effort.

"Meghan played a very solid floor game for the second straight night," he said.

South Dakota also received a season-high of 19 points from Ashley Bjorkman, a sophomore from Vermillion. She maded 6-of-10 field goals and hit 4-of-7 from three point range. Junior forward Vanessa Yanez of Wagner added eight points and three rebounds. Erica Schroeder of Miller tied Flynn for a game-high of seven rebounds.

Overall, USD hit 26-of-51 shots for 51 percent, including 10-of-22 three-point field goals for 45.5 percent. USD was a torrid 16-of-18 from the foul line for 88.9 percent. USD recorded 10 or more three-pointers in a game for the fourth time this season. USD's 51 percent shooting on field goals was a season best as was its its free throw performance.

Bjorkman broke out of a shooting slump by nailing three straight three-pointers in the opening 2:12 as the Coyotes grabbed a 9-0 lead at the 17:48 mark of the first half. Flynn, who came off the bench for USD, knocked down a three-point goal at the 14:02 mark to give USD a 20-4 lead. Later, Yanez hit a three-pointer (8:45) and scored on a lay-up at the 7:14 mark to give the Coyotes a 32-14 advantage.

The Mustangs cut the lead to 32-21 at the 2:41 mark but a three-pointer by Flynn with 30 seconds to play in the half gave USD a 37-23 lead at the break.

SMSU had a 7-0 run out of the halftime break to cut USD's lead to 37-30 at the 17:34 mark. That was as close as the Mustangs would get on the night. At the 17:21 mark, Flynn was fouled on a three-point shot and converted all three charity tosses to build USD's lead to 40-30.

Flynn's free throws started a 12-0 run in which USD extended its' lead to 49-30 at the 13:05 mark. Later a lay-up by Yoerger gave USD a 66-42 lead at the 5:17 mark. The Coyotes recorded their largest lead of the game on a jumper by Janielle Bryan (Bellevue, NE) with 1:01 to play. Bryan scored six points for the Coyotes in the final four minutes.

Alaura Sharp scored 12 points to lead SMSU.

The Mustangs hit 19-of-52 field goals for 36.5 percent, including just 3-of-13 from three-point range. SMSU was 11-of-14 from the foul line.

Next for South Dakota is a road trip to play Wayne State on Dec. 9 in Wayne, NE.

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