South Dakota women stymie North Dakota for third-straight win

Feb. 1—GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A stalwart defensive effort helped the South Dakota women to their third-straight win in a road test Thursday night.

The Coyotes limited North Daktoa to 30.8 percent shooting from the field, and defeated the Fighting Hawks 69-53 in front of 1,366 people at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

The win keeps USD (16-7, 5-3 Summit) in fourth place in the conference, and provides the Coyotes with momentum as they prepare for a rivalry rematch against league-leading South Dakota State on Saturday in Vermillion.

Against UND, USD's second-half effort largely propelled the visitors to the win. In the third quarter, the Coyotes held the Fighting Hawks to just 27.8 percent shooting, and turned a two-point halftime lead into a 52-43 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, South Dakota maintained the pressure, holding North Dakota to just 20 percent shooting and 10 points. As a team, the Coyotes also forced 15 turnovers and recorded five blocks for the game.

On the offensive end, a trio of Coyotes finished in double digits, with Kendall Holmes leading the way with 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Grace Larkins added 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting and Natlie Mazurek scored 11 points. Larkins also contributed six assists and six rebounds, while Mazurek had six rebounds.

For UND, Kacie Borowicz scored 19 points, and Mikayla Aumer added 15 points.

USD, which entered the day ranked 132nd in the NCAA NET Rankings, will face the 66th-ranked Jackrabbits at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.