USD downs St. Mary 76-48

The University of South Dakota’s Tia Hemiller drives into the paint on her way to scoring a field goal early in the Coyotes’ game against College of St. Mary Thursday night in the DakotaDome. Hemiller led USD’s offense with 15 points.  (Photo by David Lias)

The University of South Dakota’s Tia Hemiller drives into the paint on her way to scoring a field goal early in the Coyotes’ game against College of St. Mary Thursday night in the DakotaDome. Hemiller led USD’s offense with 15 points.
(Photo by David Lias)

The Coyotes’ Raeshel Contreras scores an easy layup during Thursday’s basketball action against College of St. Mary. She contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for the University of South Dakota.  (Photo by David Lias)

The Coyotes’ Raeshel Contreras scores an easy layup during Thursday’s basketball action against College of St. Mary. She contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for the University of South Dakota.
(Photo by David Lias)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Jeremy Hoeck

jeremy.hoeck@yankton.net

The way 28-point victories go, Thursday night’s for the University of South Dakota women wasn’t exactly the kind that had the team buzzing after the game.

Sure, the Coyotes rolled past NAIA College of Saint Mary (Neb.) 76-48 at the DakotaDome, but the hosts were more concerned with only a plus-3 edge on the glass and a 39-percent shooting effort.

Still, a win is a win. Especially heading into Saturday’s showdown with Nebraska.

“It was a lot more scrappy than we wanted, but with eight days off, it was hard to get right back into game mode,” said Coyote junior Nicole Seekamp, who scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we played like it was, I think.”

Still, the disparity in the open court — USD had a 23-0 edge in fast break points — was enough to help the Coyotes (7-5) roll to their fifth consecutive win.

Especially in the second half, USD’s reserves saw plenty of action. Seekamp played the most minutes at 27, but six of the seven players off the bench saw at least 10 minutes.

“We were able to get out of that game without anybody having to play over 30, which was what we wanted,” head coach Amy Williams said.

In all, the Coyotes out-scored Saint Mary 40-28 in the paint and scored 26 points off turnovers against a nationally-ranked NAIA squad that counted Thursday’s game toward its record.

The Flames (9-4), who came in averaging 84 points a game, were held to 16 points on 20 percent shooting in the first half. Only late did they find some rhythm — CSM scored 19 points in the final 6:50.

Saint Mary didn’t attempt a free throw until midway through the second half, which yes, played a role in the lop-sided score, according to head coach Chuck Brewer.

“I know at the Division I level, we expected it to be more physical, but it wasn’t even in that way,” said Brewer, a Mount Marty College alumnus and member of that school’s hall of fame.

“USD is a very good team at their level, and they gave us a lot of problems in transition,” he added. “But I think we’re much better than we showed.”

The Coyotes led by as many as 39 points (as late as 5:18 remaining), but the Flames went on an 11-0 run and finished at 42 percent after halftime.

“We got a little lazy in the second half,” Williams said. “Defensively, to give up 32 points and be basically even, that’s just a little sloppy.”

University of Florida transfer Deaundra Young led Saint Mary with 21 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks.

Sophomore point guard Tia Hemiller added 15 points and nine rebounds in the win for the Coyotes, while junior reserve Raeshel Contreras also reached double figures with 12 points.

The victory, though, might have come at a price for USD, which saw sophomore starter Heidi Hoff leave in the first half with a knee injury. Hoff didn’t return and was sporting a knee brace after the game — Williams said it could be a “pretty serious” setback.

The next game for the Coyotes against No. 19-ranked Nebraska will certainly provide a necessary challenge, Seekamp said.

“It always helps show us, a young team, where we need to get better at,” she said. “Those teams have more experience, so it’ll be a great test.”

 

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COLLEGE OF SAINT MARY (9-4)

Haley Tarpinian 0-2 0-0 0; Deaundra Young 9-19 3-4 21; Amir Davis 0-1 0-0 0; Akia Davis 5-13 0-3 10; Tiffany Anzalone 0-7 0-0 0; Brea Sabatka 2-6 0-0 5; Elizabeth Thompson 0-1 0-0 0; Jamee Miner 0-3 2-2 2; Justice Ross 2-5 0-0 5; Amanda Woodring 2-8 0-0 5; Andrea Christensen 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 20-66 5-9 48.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA (7-5)

Polly Harrington 2-6 3-4 7; Lisa Loeffler 2-3 0-0 4; Tia Hemiller 6-8 1-1 15; Nicole Seekamp 5-12 0-0 11; Heidi Hoff 0-5 0-0 0; Bailey Milne 0-3 0-0 0; Madeleine White 4-7 0-1 8; Taylor Moore 2-6 0-0 5; Bridget Arens 0-3 3-6 3; Raeshel Contreras 4-12 3-4 12; Jaylah Jackson 1-4 1-2 3; Margaret McCloud 3-5 2-2 8. TOTALS 29-74 13-20 76.

 

Halftime: USD 43-16. Three-Pointers: USD 5-25 (Hemiller 2-3, Seekamp 1-3, Moore 1-5, Contreras 1-7, Harrington 0-1, Hoff 0-1, White 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Milne 0-3), CSM 3-21 (Sabatka 1-3, Ross 1-3, Woodring 1-6, Amir Davis 0-1, Akia Davis 0-1, Thompson 0-1, Anzalone 0-6). Total Rebounds: USD 50 (Seekamp 10), CSM 47 (Young 17). Assists: USD 17 (Seekamp 3, Contreras 3), CSM 12 (Amir Davis 4). Steals: USD 14 (Harrington 3, Hemiller 3), CSM 6 (Thompson 3). Turnovers: CSM 24, USD 14. Personal Fouls: CSM 15, USD 10. Fouled out: None. Attendance: 1126.

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