VERMILLION — The Sanford Coyote Sports Center has been a tough place for opponents to come in and win, but Missouri State was able to escape Vermillion with a 74-66 victory over the University of South Dakota Coyotes Monday night.

The Lady Bears (6-1) utilized their length and athleticism to dominate the interior. They out-rebounded the Coyotes (5-1) 38 to 31. The Coyotes shot 15-of-46 (32.6%) from inside the 3-point line.

“We came in knowing they were going to be a really good team,” USD senior Ciara Duffy said. “They’re really athletic and long. I think it gave us a good test of learning to finish around the rim with longer defenders.”

Missouri State also got to the charity stripe 30 times, making 22. The Coyotes only made it to the line 12 times, converting 9. The Coyotes only commited four more fouls than the Lady Bears, but were unable to get to the line.

“They were able to get around the rim and score more effieciently and get to the free throw line it’s tough to win the basketball game,” USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said.

Monica Arens continued her solid start to the season with 14 of the 27 first half points (4-of-4 on 3-pointers) for the Coyotes. She also drew a pair of charges in the half.

Missouri State turned the ball over 13 times, but the Coyotes only got 12 points off those turnovers. The length and physicality of the Lady Bears made the Coyotes offense sputter in long stretch of the game.

The Coyotes first nine points came off of three’s. Missouri State was able to find only lanes inside and open 3-point shooters to start to pull ahead. By the end of the first quarter, the Coyotes trailed 22-14. From there on, the Missouri State had an answer for every run the Coyotes attempted. USD cut the lead to four at halftime, but much like the first half, Missouri State ultilized their strengths to keep the Coyotes at arm’s length.

The Coyotes last strong effort at a run started with a pair of 3-pointers by Korngable and Arens. The Lady Bears called a timeout, and from there on, Missouri State had an answer for every Coyote score.

Arens finished with 19 points for the Coyotes. Duffy pitched in 12 points and six rebounds. Alexa Willard racked up 21 points for the Lady Bears. Brice Calip and Jasmine Franklin added 12 points each. Franklin contributed 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

The Coyotes now prepare for a trip to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving break. USD faces Ohio State and Northern Illinois on Friday and Saturday. Ohio State is coming off an 11-point loss to Connecticut on Sunday.

“Ohio State is playing extremely well right now,” Plitzuweit said. “They are very athletic and have some very good size and it’s a great opportunity for us to continue to learn.”

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Jasmine Franklin 4-8 4-6 12, Emily Gartner 3-6 1-2 7, Brice Calip 2-7 7-8 12, Alexa Willard 7-12 2-2 21, Mya Bhinhar 1-7 6-8 9, Elle Ruffridge 0-3 0-0 0, Abby Hipp 1-1 0-0 2, Sydney Manning 2-2 1-2 6, Sydney Wilson 2-3 0-1 5, Shameka Ealy 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 22-49 22-30 74.


Hannah Sjerven 4-10 0-0 8, Monica Arens 6-12 2-2 19, Chloe Lamb 1-7 1-2 3, Madison McKeever 2-6 0-0 5, Ciara Duffy 5-16 1-2 12, Claudia Kunzer 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Frederick 2-8 5-6 9, Liv Korngable 3-5 0-0 8, Jeniah Ugofsky 1-3 0-0 2. TOTALS: 24-68 9-12 66.

MISSOURI STATE 22 9 22 21— 74

SOUTH DAKOTA 13 14 16 23— 66

Three-Pointers USD 9-22 (Arens 5-8, Korngable 2-4, McKeever 1-1, Duffy 1-4, Sjerven 0-1, Lamb 0-1, Kunzer 0-1, Frederick 0-1, Ugofsky 0-1) MSU 8-16 (Willard 5-6, Calip 1-2, Bhinhar 1-2, Manning 1-1, Gartner 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Ruffridge 0-3). Rebounds: MSU 38 (Franklin 12), USD 31 (Duffy 6). Personal Fouls: MSU 22, USD 18. Fouled Out: None. Assists: USD 15 (Lamb 4, Duffy 4), MSU 14 (Calip 5). Turnovers: MSU 13, USD 7. Blocked Shots: USD 4 (Sjerven 1, Arens 1, Lamb 1, Ugofsky 1), MSU 3 (Franklin 1, Bhinhar 1, Manning 1). Steals: USD 6 (Sjerven 1, Arens 1, McKeever 1, Kunzer 1, Frederick 1, Korngable 1), MSU 5 (Franklin 2). Attendance: 2,115.


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