USD women compete in finals

USD women compete in finals
The 22nd-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team (22-7) continued its postseason mastery at the DakotaDome with a 73-58 decision over Nebraska-Omaha (16-12) in the semifinals of the North Central Conference Tournament on Saturday.

For the 20th straight time this season, the Coyotes, who improved to 22-7, won a game in which it led or was tied at the halftime break. USD, which is seeded third in the tourney, also won its fifth straight NCC Tournament game at the DakotaDome and improved to 2-3 in semifinal games of the tournament.

Saturday's victory set up a matchup the next day between the Coyotes and top-seeded North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

The Coyotes couldn't keep pace with UND, losing by a 72-49 score.

The 22nd-ranked South Dakota women's basketball team will make its third appearance in five seasons in the national NCAA Division II playoffs when it faces sixth-seeded Concordia-St. Paul (21-9) in the North Central Regional at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 9 in Grand Forks, ND.

In Saturday's play against Nebraska-Omaha in the DakotaDome, Jenna Hoffman, a junior from Mitchell, led the Coyotes in scoring with 16 points while also adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 31 minutes of work against UNO.

Overall, USD had a solid shooting game by making 25-of-54 field goals for 46.3 percent. The Coyotes also converted 12-of-18 free throws for 66.7 percent.

South Dakota jumped out to a quick 7-0 (18.43, first) lead behind the play of Jeana Hoffman, who tallied all seven points. UNO responded with a 7-2 run as USD led, 9-7. The Coyotes had a 16-7 run to build a 25-14 lead at the 6:25 mark. Jenna Hoffman knocked home a shot from beyond the three-point arc as USD built a 55-40 lead with 9:04 left in the game. From that point, UNO was not able to get closer than 14 points.

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