Coyotes cruise to victory in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb.—Five Coyotes reached double figures as South Dakota cruised past Omaha 80-49 on Sunday afternoon inside Baxter Arena.

South Dakota (17-3, 5-1 Summit) jumped out to a seven-point lead from the start and steadily extended its lead over Omaha (6-12, 1-5) throughout the contest.

Junior guard Ciara Duffy led the group with 17 points while also contributing six assists, three rebounds and a steal. Junior guard Madison McKeever added 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting. She tallied six assists, three steals and a block.

The trio of senior guard Allison Arens, junior forward Taylor Frederick and sophomore center Hannah Sjerven recorded 12 points each. This marked just the second time this season that five players reached double-digits in a contest.

Arens added five assists, five steals and three rebounds to her stat line. She became the sixth Coyote in program history to score 1,000 points and dish out 300 assists for her career.

Frederick added five rebounds, two steals and a block. Sjerven was 5-of-6 from the field with three rebounds, a block and a steal.

Omaha's Rayanna Carter and Mariah Murdie both tallied 12 points for the Mavericks.

South Dakota shot 56.6 percent (30-of-53) from the field, knocking down 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from outside the arc. Omaha shot 39.1 percent (18-of-46) for the game.

The Coyotes scored 28 points off 21 turnovers by the Mavericks. South Dakota's 13 steals was a season-high against a Division I foe this season.

South Dakota wraps up its three-game road trip at North Dakota on Thursday at 7 p.m.