South Dakota connects from long range to drop Mountain Lions
COLORADO SPRINGS â€" Annie Roche had a career-high 17 points to lead the South Dakota Coyotes to a 66-58 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Monday evening at the Lionsâ€TM Den.
South Dakotaâ€TMs Ashley Wiemann went 5-for-8 from 3-point range, accounting for her 15 points. As a team, the Coyotes (12-3) hit 50 percent (9-for-18) of their 3-point attempts.
Ironically, forcing the Coyotes to the perimeter was exactly what the Mountain Lions (5-6) were hoping for. UCCS came into the game looking to put the brakes on South Dakotaâ€TMs dynamic post player, Bridget Yoerger, who came in averaging 18.4 points per game. They were successful, holding the all-American candidate to just five points.
â€œWe knew that (Yoerger) was a really strong post and (Jasmine Mosley, who finished with 10 points) was really good also,â€ said UCCS coach Jessika Caldwell. â€œWe wanted to double-team their posts.â€
Unfortunately for UCCS, South Dakotaâ€TMs perimeter game was able to meet the challenge.
â€œTheir guards really came to play and came to shoot and they made us pay,â€ said Caldwell.
Mallory Lowe led the Mountain Lions with 15 points, while Jazzmin Awa-Williams added 12 and Payden Ackerman had 11. Nancy Hoist grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, matching her career high, as UCCS held 50-31 edge on the glass. That advantage was lost as the Mountain Lions were outshot 44.2 percent to 31.9 percent. UCCS shot a meager 4-for-15 from 3-point range with Ackerman (3-for-5) being the only threat.
â€œTheyâ€TMre big and physical defensively,â€ said Caldwell. â€œBecause we werenâ€TMt hitting our outside shots, we werenâ€TMt able to pull the defense out to open up the inside.â€
Neither team led by more than four in a back-and-forth first half that saw nine ties. UCCS went into the break holding a 35-33 lead.
South Dakota came out aggressively in the second half, scoring the first seven points and opening with a 13-2 run. UCCS whittled the deficit down to five twice, but were answered by 3-pointers â€" one by Wiemann and one by Roche â€" each time.
â€œI thought we played them tough. Give South Dakota credit; they made big shots when they needed to make big shots,â€ said Caldwell. â€œWeâ€TMd cut the lead close and then over-help and theyâ€TMd make the big three.â€
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