USD Wins 7th Straight, Downs Cougars, 68-45

USD Wins 7th Straight, Downs Cougars, 68-45 The University of South Dakota women's basketball team extended its winning streak to seven games with a 68-45 win over the University of Sioux Falls in action Sunday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. USD improved to 7-1 on the season and has not lost since Nov. 15. USD was led by Ashley Wiemann (Sr., Vermillion), who scored 16 points. Jasmine Mosley (Jr., Bellevue, NE) tied a career-high with 14 points, while Bridget Yoerger (Sr., Hinton, IA) added 11 points as she scored in double figures for an eighth straight game this season. The Coyotes took command early in Sunday's contest. The Cougars only led briefly in the first half, and that was at the 18:51 mark. The Coyotes jumped out to a 22-9 lead in the first 6:46 of the game. Wiemann and Maggie Youngberg (Sr., Yankton) each hit two 3-pointers in that stretch, while Natalie Carda (Sr., Beresford) and Annie Roche (RFr., Vermillion) also drained threes. USD built its lead to 44-22 by halftime thanks to 16-of-32 (50 percent) shooting from the field, including 9-of-16 (56.3 percent) from three-point range. Wiemann and Youngberg each hit three 3-pointers in the first half. USD had 14 assists in the first half alone, led by Roche with four and Youngberg and Mosley with three each. Sioux Falls, meanwhile, had nine turnovers and only one assist in the first half.  The Coyotes held the Cougars to just 9-for-25 shooting (36 percent) in the first half, including 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) from three-point range. The Coyotes extended the lead to 32 within the first 12:27 of the second half after opening the final frame on a 20-10 run. Youngberg finished with nine points for USD, while Kelli Fargen (Jr., Brookings) added eight. Roche, Yoerger, Youngberg and Mosley had four assists each. Carda had a career-high four blocks. Mosley had seven rebounds while Wiemann had six. In all, nine Coyotes reached the scoring column in the game.

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