VERMILLION – Emotions ran high as the Coyotes honored their four seniors Ciara Duffy, Madison McKeever, Taylor Frederick and Megan Bonar. No. 20/12 USD was able to send its seniors out with a 76-47 victory over North Dakota in front of 3,863 fans Saturday afternoon.

“The biggest thing honestly for us in this moment today was getting to celebrate with this community that’s been with us for the last four years,” Duffy said. “We say it all the time but it truly has become like a family to us.”

The Coyotes opened the game with the four seniors and Chloe Lamb in the starting lineup. USD started the game 1-of-9 from the floor, but forced seven turnovers in the first five and a half minutes of action. At the end of the opening quarter, USD led 13-11, but were shooting 3-of-18 from the field.

The Coyotes started to warm up in the second quarter, shooting 6-of-17 in the quarter. Taylor Frederick scored 10 points in the first half to lead the Coyotes to a 31-26 lead.

USD made 11 baskets in the first half on 35 shots. In the third quarter, USD hit 11-of-16 and outscored UND 28-8.

“Right away, we were pretty emotional,” McKeever said. “I hate to say it but a lot of things were going through our heads at the time and knowing that it was probably our last time playing on this court, emotions were high and all of a sudden we knew we had to buckle down and play.”

Monica Arens scored all 11 of her points in the third quarter. The Coyotes grew the 25-point lead to 32 with 7:29 to play. The Fighting Hawks first basket of the quarter came with 6:51 to play.

Each of the four seniors were subbed out individually during the fourth quarter, and each received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Duffy, in her final home, racked up 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Frederick contributed 15 points and six rebounds. Monica Arens and Hannah Sjerven added 11 points. Jaclyn Jarnot led UND with eight points.

USD completed the undefeated regular season in conference play for the second time in three years. The Coyotes face Omaha in the opening round of the Summit League tournament Saturday at noon in the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls.

“We have the target on our back and we just have to remember that in the back of our heads every game we get to go out and play,” McKeever said.

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NORTH DAKOTA 15-14 (6-10)

Jaclyn Jarnot 3-8 2-4 8, Megan Zander 1-1 3-4 5, Julia Fleecs 3-10 0-0 7, Claire Orth 1-5 2-2 4, Alaina Jarnot 1-4 0-0 3, Kacie Borowicz 2-9 00-0 4, Melissa Leet 0-4 2-4 2, Lilly Keplin 1-5 0-0 3, Mikayla Reinke 0-1 0-0 0, Rachel Garvey 0-1 0-0 0, Maggie Manson 1-2 0-0 3, Olivia Lane 3-6 0-0 6. TOTALS: 16-56 11-16 47.

SOUTH DAKOTA 27-2 (16-0)

Taylor Frederick 6-14 2-3 15, Megan Bonar 0-1 2-2 2, Chloe Lamb 3-7 0-0 7, Madison McKeever 1-5 0-0 2, Ciara Duffy 5-12 6-7 17, Monica Arens 4-7 2-2 11, Hannah Sjerven 4-8 3-6 11, Liv Korngable 3-8 2-2 8, Claudia Kunzer 0-1 0-0 0, Macy Guebert 0-1 0-0 0, Alexi Hempe 1-1 0-0 3. TOTALS 27-65 17-22 76.

NORTH DAKOTA 11 15 8 13 — 47

SOUTH DAKOTA 13 18 28 17— 76

Three-Pointers: USD 5-18 (Frederick 1-1, Hempe 1-1, Lamb 1-2, Duffy 1-3, Arens 1-4, Bonar 0-1, Guebert 0-1, Korngable 0-2, McKeever 0-3), UND 4-18 (Manson 1-1, Fleecs 1-3, A Jarnot 1-3, Keplin 1-4, Reinke 0-1, Lane 0-1, Garvey 0-1, J Jarnot 0-4). Rebounds: UND 43 (Reinke 7), USD 38 (Duffy 7). Personal Fouls: UND 21, USD 17. Fouled Out: Arens. Assists: USD 14 (Duffy 5), UND 8 (Orth 2, Borowicz 2), Turnovers: UND 23, USD 10. Steals: USD 9 (McKeever 5), UND 5 (Zander 3). Blocked ShotsL USD 6 (Sjerven 3), UND 6 (Leet 4). Attendance: 3,863.

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