Robinette leads USD to 58-56 upset over M-D

Robinette leads USD to 58-56 upset over M-D
The South Dakota women's basketball team (14-8, 2-5 NCC) swept the season series with Minnesota-Duluth (16-7, 3-5) by downing the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs, 58-56 Feb. 4 at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, MN, behind a career-high 30 points from Ashley Robinette.

It was USD's first win since defeating the Bulldogs, 70-66, on Jan. 21, and UMD's fourth straight loss.

Robinette, a sophomore from South Sioux City, NE, recorded her third-straight career high, which began with a 26-point performance against Minnesota State (Jan. 28) and a 29-point outing against Nebraska-Omaha (Feb. 2). The 30 points is the most scored by a Coyote since Jenni Flynn scored 31 in last season's first round NCC/Wells Fargo Finals win over UMD on March 1. More impressively, was that Robinette's 30 points came in just 31 minutes of play.

USD took a three-point lead, 10-7, at the 12:15 mark, when senior Meghan Woster (Sioux Falls) connected on a three-point play by making a lay-up and connecting on a free throw after being fouled.

The Coyotes built their lead to eight, 25-17, on a Janielle Bryan (Bellevue, NE) lay-up at the 4:01 mark. However, it was the last field goal USD had the rest of the half, which allowed UMD to go on a 12-0 run to close out the half and take a four-point lead, 29-25, into the locker room at halftime.

After USD opened the second half with a Robinette basket, the Bulldogs reeled off nine straight points to lead by 11, 38-27, at 16:57.

From there, Robinette took over. After scoring 12 points in the first half and the opening bucket of the second, she poured in 10 of the next 15 Coyote points during a 15-0 run to give USD a 42-38 lead at the 10:58 mark. At one point, she accounted for 20 of USD's 33 points.

UMD retook the lead and held it until the 5:25 mark when Robinette sank a pair of free throws to put USD ahead, 49-48, and giving them a lead they would not relinquish.

The Bulldogs had one more attempt at the victory when Jenna Reinemann put a three-pointer at the buzzer. The shot missed and Woster grabbed the rebound to preserve the win.

For the game, USD shot 40.9 percent (18-of-44) from the field and 50 percent (7-of-14) from three-point range, but the Coyotes' biggest lift was at the free throw line where South Dakota had 19 more attempts then UMD because of 21 personal fouls by the Bulldogs.

Woster finished with 10 points and five assists for USD, who was outrebounded, 37-25.

Minnesota-Duluth shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field, but struggled behind the three-point arc making 5-of-15 attempts (33.3 percent). UMD, who committed 21 turnovers in the contest that lead to 20 Coyote points, made all three of its free throw attempts in the game.

Katie Winkelman was the lone player in double figures for UMD with 24 points. She completed the double double by collecting a game-high 10 rebounds.

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