Coyote women fall to N.D. in Great West Opener

Sophomore guard Tempestt Wilson scored a game-high 18 points, but the South Dakota women�s basketball team fell to North Dakota, 63-53, in its Great West Conference opener Saturday in Grand Forks, ND.  The Coyotes dropped to 9-9 overall and 1-1 in the Great West, while North Dakota moved to 5-11 and 1-0 in the conference.

Wilson (Elk River, MN) hit six field goals, including four 3-pointers, and added seven rebounds. Junior forward Amber Hegge (Crofton, NE) and sophomore guard Alexis Yackley (Onida) each collected eight points. Junior center Jodie Boss (Columbus, NE) had eight rebounds and three blocks while senior guard Teresa Case (Sioux Falls) led with four assists. Hegge had three steals.

South Dakota scored the game�s first five points � on a jumper by Wilson and a three by Case � and led the rest of the half. The Coyotes pushed the lead to 21-11 with 6:33 left in the half after a Hegge basket. South Dakota held UND without a point for more than four minutes in the first half.

The Coyotes took a 27-22 lead into halftime, with Wilson leading the way with 11 points. South Dakota shot only 33.3 percent in the first half but held North Dakota to 32 percent shooting.

South Dakota maintained the lead early in the second half but North Dakota came back to take its first lead of the game at 32-30 with 15:46 left. The Coyotes trailed 34-32 but scored eight straight points � with freshman forward Stacia Robertson (Grand Island, NE) scoring six � to take a 40-34 lead with 10:30 left.

North Dakota came back to regain the lead at 44-42 with 8:13 left, but Wilson answered with a layup to tie the game at 44-44. However, North Dakota closed the game on a 19-9 run over the final 7:06 on its way to the 63-53 win.

Robertson finished with seven points and five rebounds off the bench, while Hegge and junior guard Annie Roche (Vermillion) each had three assists.

For the game, South Dakota shot 34.6 percent, compared to 43.1 percent for North Dakota. UND had a 37-32 edge in rebounds.

South Dakota, which capped off a stretch of five straight road games in five different states on Saturday, returns home for a Great West Conference matchup on Saturday, Jan. 22 against Utah Valley. The game, part of a women�s/men�s doubleheader, begins at 6 p.m. at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

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