South Dakota, which is ranked 22nd in NCAA Division II, won its eighth straight game to improve to 10-1 on the season. USD improved to 6-0 at the DakotaDome this season and won its ninth-straight home game dating back to last season.
Youngberg (Jr., Yankton) tied a career-high with 15 points as she made five three-point field goals (eight attempts). She also had three rebounds and three steals.
As a team, the Coyotes made a season-high 16 three-point shots on 37 attempts for 43.2 percent. USD was just one three-pointer away from tying its school record of 17 set in 2002 against Minnesota-Morris.
Senior forward Ashley Robinette had a season-high 14 points as she reached double digits in points for the 41st time of her career. Robinette (South Sioux City, NE) made 5-of-7 field goals, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. For the seventh time in her career, Robinette made four 3-pointers in a game. Jeana Hoffman (Sr., Mitchell) had 12 points as she had her 42nd career-double digit game and the 11th of this season. Hoffman had two 3-pointers for the 11th time of the season. In addition, USD received five points, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots from Jenna Hoffman (Sr., Mitchell).
USD's bench played a huge role in the win over Mount Mercy. The Coyotes received 39 points from its bench which is more than the Mustangs put up for the entire game. Besides Youngberg, Kara Iverson (Rfr., Yankton) scored six points and Amy Robinette (Jr., South Sioux City, NE) had five points. In all, 12 USD players scored in the game.
The Coyote defense gave Mount Mercy fits all afternoon as USD held the Mustangs to 25 percent shooting of 12-of-48 shooting. In addition, USD limited Mount Mercy to just 38 points, which is the lowest point total by an opponent since the Coyotes recorded a 71-38 win over Upper Iowa in the 2005-06 season. The 38 points was the lowest total by an opponent in the DakotaDome since the Coyotes defeated Presentation College, 79-33, in the 2003-04 season.
The Coyotes recorded a season-high 21 steals and forced Mount Mercy into 27 turnovers. Mount Mercy was able to make just 5-of-17 from three-point range for 29.4 percent and converted 9-of-17 free throws for 52.9 percent. The Mustangs were led in scoring by Emily Duffy's eight points.
On offense, the Coyotes hit 45.5 percent from the field by making 30-of-66 field goals. USD was also 7-of-12 from the foul line for 58.3 percent.
South Dakota took control of the game early in the first half by opening with a 15-2 run after Youngberg's three-pointer at the 11:15 mark. After Mount Mercy closed to 20-10 at the 7:35 mark, the Coyotes had a 14-2 run for a commanding 34-12 lead with 3:21 to play. Youngberg's third 3-pointer of the half provided USD with the 22-point lead. Mount Mercy closed the half on a 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 37-20 at halftime. Youngberg led USD with nine first-half points while Robinette and Hoffman both had eight.
The Coyotes' defense was stingier in the second half than it exhibited during the first half of play. The Coyotes allowed just seven points in the opening 16 minutes of the second half. USD opened the half on a 15-1 run and led 52-21 at the 16:19 mark after Jeana Hoffman made a layup. The Coyotes followed that run with a 19-6 burst for a 71-27 lead at the 6:36 mark. Iverson hit a three-pointer at the 1:50 mark to provide USD with its largest lead of the game at 81-31. The 50-point lead was USD's largest against an opponent this season.
Overall, USD had a 26-3 advantage in points off turnovers and an 18-4 margin in points in the paint.