WBK: Coyotes make quick work of Northwestern

VERMILLION, S.D.–Six Coyotes scored in double figures to lead South Dakota to a 100-57 rout of Northwestern College (Iowa) Thursday evening in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

South Dakota (9-2) extends its winning streak over Northwestern (9-5, 3-5 GPAC) to 19 straight. This marks the second time the programs have met since USD’s transition to Div. I.

After no more than three players reached double digits through nine games, the Coyotes have put together back-to-back games with at least five scoring in double figures. Freshman guard Ciara Duffy led the way with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Sophomore guards Allison Arens and Jaycee Bradley tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively, in limited minutes. Senior forward Bridget Arens added 10 points.

Coming off the bench for the Coyotes, redshirt-sophomore Kaitlyn Severyn and freshman Taylor Frederick each scored a career high 11 points. Severyn also grabbed a career high six rebounds. Frederick scored the layup in the final minute that put the Coyotes in the triple figures.

Northwestern sophomore forward Haley Birks recorded a game-high 20 points, grabbed seven boards and blocked a pair of shots. Center Darbi Gustafson added 13 points and four blocks, while point guard Renee Maneman had 13 points and dished out a team-high seven assists.

The Coyotes jumped out to a 31-5 lead from the tip, with seven of 10 players scoring in the run, for the highest scoring quarter of the season thus far.

South Dakota’s bench tallied 42 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in the game. The five bench players saw extended minutes and were the only five on the floor in the fourth quarter.

The largest lead of the game for the Coyotes was 44 points, which followed a pair of back-to-back threes by Severyn with 1:57 on the clock. Freshman guard Madison McKeever set Severyn up on both shots, recording two of her career high eight assists. McKeever added eight points and four steals to her line.

The Coyotes outrebounded the Red Raiders 43-27 led by eight boards from junior center Kate Liveringhouse. Severyn added six and three other players had five a piece.

After shooting 65 percent (13-of-20) from the field in the first period, the Coyotes’ shooting percentage evened out slightly to 54.9 percent (39-of-71) for the game. The Coyotes controlled the paint, outscoring the Red Raiders down low 48-18.

South Dakota wraps up nonconference action next week at the Roo Holiday Classic in Kansas City, Mo. The Coyotes face Northern Illinois, who currently leads the nation in scoring at 92.6 points per game, at 5:30 p.m. Monday. South Dakota turns around to play Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. Tuesday.