USD women defeat William Penn 87-60

USD women defeat William Penn 87-60
Behind five players in double figures, the South Dakota women's basketball team improved to 8-2 with an 87-60 win over William Penn (5-8) at the DakotaDome, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 11.

Three players, junior Vanessa Yanez (Wagner), freshman Bridget Yoerger (Hinton, IA) and sophomore Kristi Tighe (Homer, NE) scored 15 points for USD, while senior Meghan Woster (Sioux Falls) finished with a season-high 15 assists, one short of the school-record (16, Katie Dailey; Morningside, 1/6/85).

For the second consecutive game, the Coyotes found themselves down, 7-0, but battled back and took a double-digit lead, 41-31, at 1:16 on a jumper by sophomore Ashley Robinette (South Sioux City, NE).

WPU had a double-digit lead of its own in the first half, when Carrie Parker made a lay-up at 10:15, to give the Lady Statesmen a 20-9 lead.

USD, who had season-low six turnovers, increased its lead to 14 at halftime, 45-31, when sophomore Janielle Bryan (Bellevue, NE) scored with 26 seconds left in the half.

In the second half, the Coyotes began with a trey by sophomore Ashley Bjorkman (Vermillion) at 19:39 and never led by fewer than 20 points after Yoerger made a lay-up at the 7:48 mark.

For the game, USD shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68) from the field and made 36.4 percent (12-of-33) of its three-point attempts. At the foul line, the Coyotes made 13-of-19 for 68.5 percent

Senior Brittany Bessert (Fort Collins, CO) and Bjorkman finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively, for the Coyotes.

William Penn, who outrebounded USD, 48-35, shot 36.7 percent (22-of-60) from the field, including 6-of-18 (33.3 percent) from three-point range. WPU made 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) free throw attempts in the game.

Latasha Pendleton and Maria Romano led the Lady Statesmen with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Pendleton also grabbed nine rebounds to lead all players.

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