The win by the Coyotes derailed Augustana's hopes for a second-place finish in the league. Coming into the game, Augustana trailed St. Cloud State (23-3, 8-3 NCC) by one game in the standings. Meanwhile, the Coyotes ended a three-game NCC losing streak to improve to 3-8 on the season.
With a loss by Minnesota-Duluth to Nebraska-Omaha (82-70) on Thursday night, the Coyotes are tied with the Bulldogs for sixth-place in the standings. The Coyotes own the tiebreaker over UMD by virtue of its two wins over the Bulldogs this season.
South Dakota was led by sophomore forward Ashley Robinette, who supplied 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action. Robinette of South Sioux City, IA, broke the 20-point mark for the fifth time this season as she hit 6-of-9 field goals and 4-of-4 from three-point range. She was also 5-of-8 from the foul stripe.
Senior point guard Meghan Woster of Sioux Falls, added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. She also hit 6-of-9 field goals, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Perhaps the biggest contribution was from freshman guard Anne Doshier of Rapid City, who scored a career-best 12 points on four three-point baskets (4-of-8). In her second career start, Doshier hit all four of her three-pointers in the first half to help USD take a 39-19 halftime lead.
Despite owning a 34-12 scoring advantage in the paint, Augustana inability to hit three-pointers proved to be significant in the Coyotes' win. USD tied a season-high (Chadron State, Nov. 15, 2005) by making 15-of-30 three-pointers for 50 percent. It was the 10th time this season that USD has recorded double digits in made three-pointers.
Meanwhile, Augustana struggled from long distance, making just 2-of-20 for 10 percent. Overall, the Coyotes made 26-of-54 field goals for 48.1 percent. The Coyotes also converted 8-of-12 free throws for 66.7 percent.
Augustana hit 27-of-67 field goals for 40.3 percent and were 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. The Vikings finished with a 38-34 rebound advantage.
The Vikings took a 5-0 lead at the 19:12 mark but the lead was short-lived as the Coyotes rallied for a 8-7 advantage at the 15:29 mark as Woster hit a three-point field goal. A three-pointer by junior forward Vanessa Yanez (Wagner) at the 12:24 mark provided USD with a 13-11 lead. The Coyotes extended the lead to 23-11 at the 8:38 mark as Doshier closed out a 15-0 run with a three-point basket. A three-point basket by Woster provided USD with a 31-17 at the 3:27 mark. Later, Doshier hit her fourth three-point basket of the game (1:09) to give USD a 37-19 lead.
USD opened the second half on a 5-0 run to build the USD lead to 44-19 after a jump shot by Robinette at the 18:51 mark. The Coyotes' largest lead came at the 17:30 mark when Woster again connected from deep for a 49-23 lead. The Coyotes retained its 20-point advantage for most of the second half. USD took a 55-31 lead at the 13:36 mark after a Robinette three-point basket.
The Vikings drew within 62-45 at the 5:59 mark on a Holiday basket. At the 4:43 mark, Augustana's Andrea Seefeldt hit a jumper to cut the Coyotes' lead to 67-51. Coyote freshman Bridget Yoerger (Hinton, Iowa) answered at the 3:34 mark as USD led, 71-53. The closest Augustana would get in the second half was at 73-61 with 39 seconds to play in the game.