SAN ANTONIO–Three Coyotes scored in double figures as South Dakota topped Incarnate Word 81-51 inside the McDermott Center on Monday night.
South Dakota (5-4) wraps up its nonconference road slate with a win and returns to the friendly confines of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for a four-game home stretch ahead of the holiday break and start to Summit League play. With reverse fortunes, Incarnate Word (1-7) faces three road games ahead of Southland Conference action.
“We played with a lot of poise tonight,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “Our players shared the basketball incredibly well, played with a lot of focus and took care of the basketball. One of our key components this season is to take care of the basketball. We want to play fast and we want to attack, but first we need to play under control. I thought we did a good job of that tonight with 20 assists to eight turnovers for the game.
“We are excited to be at home in this stretch coming up. We hope to see the Sanford Coyote Sports Center full in the next few games leading into the holiday season.”
Junior guard Allison Arens became the first Coyote to surpass 20 points this season, scoring 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting. It was Arens’ 15th career 20-point game. She also dished out a season high six assists, helping USD reach a season high 20 assists as a team.
Also scoring in double figures were senior guard Jasmine Trimboli with a career high 17 points and junior guard Jaycee Bradley with a season best 16 points. Trimboli reached double-digits for the first time this season and surpassed her career high of 15 from 2015. Bradley added three assists and a pair of steals to her stat line.
Incarnate Word forward Sydnee Wynn paced the Cardinals with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Six of Wynn’s rebounds made up half of the Cardinals’ 12 offensive boards. Incarnate Word outrebounded South Dakota 32-19.
South Dakota forced the Cardinals into 25 turnovers and capitalized with 31 points-off turnovers in the game. In the third period alone, 11 of USD’s 18 points came directly off a UIW turnover. Sophomore guard Madison McKeever led the cause with a career high six steals in the game.
The Coyotes shot a season best 56 percent (28-50) from the field for the game and made 89.5 percent (17-19) from the charity stripe. The Cardinals also shot the ball at a 45.5 percent (20-44) clip for their second-highest shooting percentage of the season.
South Dakota hosts CSU Bakersfield at 1 p.m. Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Tickets are available on GoYotes.com or by calling the Coyote Ticket Office at (605) 677-5959.
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