USD has limited each of its past three opponents to less than 60 points.In each of those games, the Coyotes have forced opponents into nearly 20 turnovers a game.
Sophomore forward Bridget Yoerger (Hinton, IA) led USD with 18 points and had four rebounds. Yoerger was 8-of-11 from the field. Jeana Hoffman (Mitchell) also reached double figures with 11 points and had six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Overall, South Dakota hit 30-of-65 field goals for 46.2 percent, including 9-of-22 from three point range for 40.9 percent. The Coyotes made 6-of-9 free throws for 66.7 percent and won the rebound battle, 45-32.
Northwest Missouri State, which had its four-game winning streak halted by USD, hit 16-of-54 field goals for just 29.6 percent. The Bearcats made just 2-of-19 three-point field goals for 10.5 percent but converted 14-of-16 free throws for 87.5 percent. The Bearcats, who last played on Dec. 9, were led in scoring by Meghan Brue with 10 points and six rebounds. Mandi Schumacher contributed eight points.
USD jumped to a quick 8-4 lead on a jumper by Daly at the 17:53 mark. After the Bearcats closed to 10-8 (16:19), the Coyotes took off on a 15-2 run which resulted in a 25-10 lead with 11:46 to play in the first half. USD continued to apply the pressure and extended the advantage to 20-12 at the 9:04 mark of the first half after Yoerger scored inside. After a three-point field goal by the Bearcats' Jessica Burton (8:44), the Coyotes ended the half on a 15-6 burst, which resulted in a 44-19 lead at the 2:17 mark of the half after Yoerger made a free throw. Two foul shots by Lauren Williams (1:57) of Northwest Missouri State closed the gap to 44-21 at halftime. In the first half, USD had a 20-6 advantage in points off turnovers and also outscored the Bearcats, 10-2, in second chance points. Yoerger led the Coyotes with 10 first half points while Brue had eight for the Bearcats. South Dakota shot a blistering 58.6 percent in the first half on 17-of-29 shooting from the field.
South Dakota continued to build on the lead by opening a 55-23 advantage at the 16:18 mark of the second half after Jeana Hoffman knocked down a three-point shot. Jenna Hoffman's jumper with 7:51 left in the game provided USD with a 61-33 lead. From that point, USD and Northwest Missouri State traded baskets as the Bearcats could only claw within 25 points at 69-44 with 1:51 left in the game. USD's final score of the game was by Natalie Carda (Beresford), whose basket gave USD a 75-46 lead with 40 seconds to play.