MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Junior Jodie Boss set a new single-game school record with seven blocks, but the South Dakota women's basketball team fell short against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday at the Subway Classic, dropping a 58-53 decision in Minneapolis, Minn. The game was for third place at the event hosted by the University of Minnesota.
Boss (Columbus, Neb.) now has 23 blocks in five games this season for the Coyotes (2-3). Sophomore Tempestt Wilson (Elk River, Minn.) paced the Coyote offense with 14 points, while junior Annie Roche (Vermillion, S.D.) added 11 points. Freshman Stacia Robertson (Grand Island, Neb.) finished with 10 points and nine rebounds, both career-highs.
Wilson was named to the all-classic team as well after scoring 25 points in the two games of the event.
The Coyotes got off to a strong start, taking a 19-11 lead with 8:28 left in the first half on a basket by Robertson.
The Panthers battled back and took a 28-25 lead after Lindsay Laur converted a three-point play with 1:36 to go in the opening half. The Coyotes came back with five straight points – all by Wilson – to take a 30-28 lead into halftime.The Coyotes endured a cold spell to start the second half, scoring just four points over the first nine minutes while Wisconsin-Milwaukee moved into a 40-34 lead.
Despite their offensive struggles, the Coyotes battled back. Wilson hit two free throws to cut the gap to 45-44 with 2:13 left. The Coyotes were within 47-46 with 1:36 left but were never able to regain the lead as the Panthers iced the game from the foul line in the final minute. Wisconsin-Milwaukee was 28-of-31 (90.3 percent) from the line, compared to 8-of-14 for the Coyotes.
Wilson had five rebounds and three steals for the Coyotes. Freshman Katelyn Edwards (Crete, Neb.) led with three assists.The Coyotes return to action Tuesday at home against Upper Iowa. Game time is 7 p.m. at the DakotaDome. It is part of a four-game homestand for the Coyote women. Fans can purchase tickets for the upcoming home games by calling the South Dakota ticket office at (605) 677-5959.