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    USD WBB: South Dakota 84, San Jose State 69

    VERMILLION, S.D.–Five Coyotes scored in double figures for the first time this season as South Dakota defeated San Jose State 84-69 on Sunday afternoon inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

    South Dakota (8-2) remains undefeated at home this season at 4-0. San Jose State (2-8) continues its 6-game losing skid.

    “We shared the ball, moved it around and made adjustments to a zone defense that we have not seen a whole lot of yet,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “We played with a good urgency – it’s a tough assignment to follow up the game after playing a Big Ten team because of the emotion and excitement from that. We played hard defensively and found a way to separate ourselves early in the game.”

    Sophomore guard Allison Arens led the Coyotes with 26 points in her sixth 20-point game of the season. She finished 7-of-10 from the field and scored 11-of-12 from the stripe. Sophomore guard Jaycee Bradley added 17 points with five made 3-pointers.

    Freshman guard Ciara Duffy was two boards shy of a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds. She also dished out six assists. Senior forward Bridget Arens posted a season high 12 points. Freshman guard Madison McKeever was the fifth Coyote to reach double figures with 10 points.

    Bridget Arens had eight of her points in the first quarter to give the Coyotes an early advantage. South Dakota then used 20-5 run in the five minutes leading up to the halftime break to increase the lead to 21 points.

    San Jose State was led by senior guard Dezz Ramos with 13 points and eight assists. Ramos entered the game averaging 19.6. Senior forward Paris Baird also had 13 points for the Spartans. Senior center Jasmine Smith added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

    South Dakota outrebounded San Jose State 40-28. In addition to Duffy, South Dakota senior center Abigail Fogg grabbed seven off the glass. Bradley had six boards. The Coyotes also scored 14 second-chance points.

    With the spread of scoring, the Coyotes tallied 16 assists on 30 made baskets. South Dakota finished at 48.4 percent from the field, but were shooting as high as 57.1 percent at the half.

    The Coyotes remain home Thursday as the Coyotes host Northwestern (Iowa) at 7 p.m. inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.





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