Coyote comeback sinks Jacks
VERMILLION - The University of South Dakota scored the final nine points of regulation to force overtime and carried the momentum through the extra session for a 59-53 victory Monday night at the DakotaDome.
The Coyotes, in extending their winning streak to eight games, improved to 18-6 overall and 9-5 in The Summit League. SDSU, which had its nine-game winning streak snapped, dropped to 18-8 overall and 13-2 in league play. The Jackrabbits saw their Summit League lead trimmed to two games over Oral Roberts with three to play.
USD took an early 7-2 lead, but the Jackrabbits responded with a 12-3 run to grab the lead after back-to-back three-pointers by Jill Young and Gabrielle Boever. The Coyotes regained the lead at 17-16 on an Amber Hegge basket with 6 minutes, 31 seconds to play in the first half.
The Jackrabbits dominated the rest of the half, hitting three consecutive three-point attempts as part of a 15-2 run. SDSU led 31-21 at intermission.
USD scored the first five points of the second half, only to see the Jackrabbits regain a 10-point lead at 37-27 on an Ashley Eide layup with 12:15 to play. The Coyotes crawled back to within three points, 41-38, on a Hegge basket with under five minutes to play, but again SDSU responded with three-pointers by Steph Paluch and Boever, followed by an Eide basket, to push the margin back to nine at 49-40 with 2:30 remaining.
The Coyote comeback began with a Hegge three-pointer from the top of the key. SDSU turned the ball over on its next three possessions. Annie Roche sandwiched a pair of baskets around an Alexis Yackley driving layup to knot the game at 49-all. Roche's game-tying basket came with 24 seconds remaining.
While holding the ball for the final shot, SDSU nearly turned the ball over again before calling timeout, and Young's contested shot outside the lane just before the buzzer came up short to send the game into overtime.
The Jackrabbits scored on the opening possession of the extra session as Paluch found an open Katie Lingle. Moments later, USD took its first lead since the first half on a Hegge three-pointer from the top of the key. A Hegge basket on the Coyotes' next trip down the floor gave USD a 54-51 lead, and the Coyotes made 5-of-8 free throw attempts in the final two minutes to seal the victory.
Hegge scored a game-high 28 points as the only Coyote player in double figures. USD made 21-of-55 field goal attempts, 38.2 percent, including 6-of-16 from three-point range. At the line, the Coyotes made 11-of-16 attempts for 68.8 percent.
SDSU's inability to get to the free throw line against the top-ranked scoring defense in The Summit League contributed to the Jackrabbits' demise. The Jackrabbits were only 1-of-4 at the charity stripe, while going 22-of-60 from the floor, 36.7 percent. SDSU was 8-of-23 on three-point attempts.
Young was the lone Jackrabbit to reach double figures in scoring, with 10. Paluch, Eide and Jennie Sunnarborg each scored eight points.
The Jackrabbits held a 43-35 advantage in rebounding, with Sunnarborg pulling down a game-high 13 boards to tie a career high. Katie Lingle added 10 rebounds for SDSU, while Jodie Boss led the Coyotes with 11.
SDSU returns home to face North Dakota State on Saturday afternoon at Frost Arena. Tipoff is slated for 3 p.m., with the Jackrabbit men kicking off the doubleheader with a noon matchup versus Buffalo (N.Y.) in a nationally televised Sears BracketBusters game on ESPNU.
NOTES: SDSU leads the all-time series 48-22 ... the Jackrabbits have won 29 of the last 32 meetings, with USD winning three of the last four meetings at the DakotaDome ... SDSU has lost three straight overtime games ... the Jackrabbits held a 14-5 advantage in bench points, led by Boever with a career-high six on a pair of three-pointers ... SDSU is 13-3 this season when leading at the half and 16-4 when out-rebounding an opponent ... the Jackrabbits are 1-6 this season when scoring under 60 points ... Young has made at least 62 three-pointers in each of her four seasons and holds four of the top 14 spots on the SDSU committed 14 turnovers, compared to only six by the Coyotes ... attendance was 3,824