South Dakota women’s basketball team defeats NSU, 89-53

South Dakota women's basketball team defeats NSU, 89-53
Jeana Hoffman scored 21 points to help lead The University of South Dakota women's basketball team to an 89-53 win over Northern State on Saturday at the Wachs Arena in Aberdeen. The Coyotes, ranked 19th in NCAA Division II, won their ninth straight game and improved to 11-1 on the season.

South Dakota defeated Northern State (7-5) for the second straight year and has defeated the Wolves in six of the past seven games. At 11-1, USD has recorded the fourth-best start in school history (tied with the 1984-85 team).

The Coyotes utilized its long-range offense along with a stingy defense to cruise to the win. For the game, the Coyotes made 14-of-27 shots for 51.9 percent from three-point range. It was USD's second straight game with at least 14 three-point field goals in a game. On defense, USD recorded 15 steals and forced NSU into 21 turnovers.

Hoffman, who recorded the 43rd double-digit game of her career, led the way for the Coyotes by making 4-of-7 three-point shots and was 7-of-13 from the field overall. Hoffman had two steals, two assists and three rebounds. She made four three-point shots for the seventh time this season.

Forward Bridget Yoerger (Jr., Hinton, IA) tallied 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Freshman Amber Hegge (Crofton, NE) also scored 11 points and recorded three steals. Hegge made 4-of-5 shots from the field, including a three-point basket. Natalie Carda (Jr., Beresford) added 10 points, including a pair of three-point baskets.

Overall, the Coyotes connected on 29-of-62 shots from the field for 46.8 percent. They were 17-of-24 from the foul line for 70.8 percent. NSU, which was led in scoring by Noelle Hall with 11 points, made 20-of-50 shots from the field for 40 percent. The Wolves hit just 4-of-15 three-point shots and were 9-of-14 from the foul line for 64.3 percent.

Once again this season, the USD bench paid big dividends for the Coyotes. Led by Hegge and Carda, USD received 45 points from its reserves.

Hoffman scored five of USD's first seven points to provide the Coyotes with a 7-2 advantage at the 18:23 mark of the opening half. After NSU cut the lead to 10-9 (14:30), the Coyotes went on a 7-2 run to extend their lead to 17-11 with 9:49 left in the first half. Jasmine Mosley (So., Bellevue, NE) connected on a three-point basket to help USD build a 27-13 lead at the 5:45 mark. South Dakota closed the first half on a 7-0 run, including a three-pointer by Hoffman, to take a 38-18 advantage into the halftime break. Key to the first half surge by USD was a 13-4 advantage in points off turnovers.

USD quickly asserted itself in the second half with a 19-7 run as the Coyotes built a 57-25 lead at the 13:58 mark. A foul shot by Hegge helped USD take a 33-point lead at 62-29 with 10:10 to play in the second half. Carda scored on a layup with 5:30 left in the game to give USD a 76-38 lead. USD's largest lead of the game was 39 points after Carda connected on a pair of free throws with 55 seconds to play in the game.

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