USD cruises past SIU-Edwardsville 94-61

USD cruises past SIU-Edwardsville 94-61 The University of South Dakota women's basketball team shot 53.7 percent from the field in a 94-61 win over Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Saturday night in Vermillion, S.D. Five players scored in double figures for the Coyotes (16-8), led by Bridget Yoerger (Sr., Hinton, IA) with 20 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Wiemann (Sr., Vermillion) and Jasmine Mosley (Jr., Bellevue, NE) added 15 points each, while Annie Roche (RFr., Vermillion) collected 14 for the Coyotes. USD also received 11 points off the bench from Maggie Youngberg (Sr., Yankton). It was a impressive home win for USD, which scored a season-high 94 points in the victory. The Coyotes hit 29-of-54 field goal attempts and also were 12-of-24 (50 percent) from three-point range. USD was also 24-of-34 from the free-throw line. The Coyotes dominated the first half, shooting a torrid 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the field. USD led by as many as 28 in the first half and dominated in every statistical category on its way to a 53-27 halftime advantage. A 23-6 run in the first half helped the Coyotes build a 31-13 lead with 9:34 left in the first half, and from there, the Coyotes continued to add to their lead from there. USD had a 20-14 edge in rebounds, a 12-3 edge in assists and a huge edge in field-goal percentage (67.9 percent to 32.1 percent). Mosley had a huge first-half for USD with 15 points and two rebounds. Yoerger added 13 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the first half alone. Wiemann added nine points while Maggie Youngberg had eight points for the Coyotes. Kara Iverson (Jr., Yankton) chipped in with six points for USD. From there, USD continued to roll, building the lead to as many as 40 in the second half as its way to the home victory. Natalie Carda (Sr., Beresford, S.D.) and Iverson added seven points apiece for USD. Yoerger and Mosley had four assists each, while Yoerger led with five steals. USD returns to action at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at home against Seattle University. It will mark the final home game of 2008-09 for the Coyotes.

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