Coyote women defeat Tabor

The University of South Dakota Coyotes set one record and tied another as they notched a second lopsided win in as many days.

In beating the Tabor College Bluejays 94-16 at the DakotaDome Monday night, the Coyotes allowed the fewest points to an opponent in a game and tied a previous margin-of-victory record. During the 1984-85 season, the Coyotes beat Westmar 80-29, and in 1982, USD topped Metro State 110-32 for a 78-point margin.

Combined with Sunday's 82-34 win over Viterbo, the Coyotes outscored the back-to-back NAIA opponents 176-50.

"Games like this are tough to play in, but every team has them," USD guard Alexis Yackley said. "It's just the nature of the beast."

The Coyotes played the game as if they were the beast, opening up with a dominant run.

Yackley scored quickly on a drive, Amber Hegge converted a steal into a lay-up, and Yackley dished ahead to Hegge on a break to get the Coyotes off and running.

By the time freshman Kelly Stewart chipped in with a 3-point play, USD led 22-0 with 11:54 to play in the first half.

Not only were the Bluejays unable to score, they were unable to get shots off.

By the time they scored their first bucket, a jumper by Taylor Dinges with 10:44 remaining in the half, the Bluejays had only taken eight shots.

The Coyotes led 46-8 at the half as they forced 20 Bluejay turnovers and took 20 more shots than the visitors from Hillsboro, KS.

USD scored the first 31 points of the second half, hitting on 13 of 17 shots for 76.5-percent while Tabor was able to take just six shots.

My-Chal Duncan scored Tabor's first points of the half on a putback with 10:25 to play.

Dinges kept the margin to 78 points by scoring on a baseline jumper, but the Coyotes had long pulled back the reigns on their way to the 94-16 non-conference win.

Hegge led USD with 16 points and four steals in 15 minutes. Freshman Ashley Olson scored 12 points and McKayla Knudson added 10 points as eight Coyotes scored seven points or more.

Katlyn Mary led Tabor (2-7) with six points.

6-1 freshman Lisa Loeffler scored nine points and led USD with nine rebounds. Stewart added eight points and had five assists.

"It's really fun; we have to practice against them every day, so it's good to see what they can do against competition," Yackley said of watching the younger Coyotes play extended minutes. "It's fun to see them succeed; they just need to get their feet wet."

 "Our kids showed great maturity by coming ready to play," USD head coach Ryun Williams said. "We got the bench some minutes and nobody got hurt; those are the big things.

"Now we're ready to get to Summit League play," Williams added.

The Coyotes will finally join their NCAA Division I home in the Summit after four seasons of transition.

USD's initial SL games are at Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne Thursday and at Oakland Saturday.

"We're 4-0, and that was what we wanted going into some tough road games in the Summit," Yackley said. "It's great to go in there with a home win against Northern Arizona and a road win against Creighton and these two wins."

"We're really going to have to be ready to go," Williams said of the long-awaited road trip. "We'll experience the travel, the atmospheres and the talent of the league; now we get to see what it's all about."

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