LAS VEGAS—South Dakota knocked down a school record 17 3-pointers to down Northern Illinois 91-48 inside the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout inside South Point Arena.
The Coyotes (7-1) swept their opponents at the Thanksgiving tournament with yesterday’s win over the Big Ten’s Ohio State. Northern Illinois (3-4) split its time in Las Vegas with yesterday’s victory against Tennessee Tech.
“Today our urgency and awareness was very good against a team that really spaces and pushes the ball in transition,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “Our ability to get stops and turn defense into offense along with really sharing the ball was the difference in the game.
“It was awesome getting a chance to be a part of a great tournament here in Las Vegas and the support from the large pack of Coyote fans was unbelievable. We look forward to traveling home and getting prepared to face a very good team in Creighton on Wednesday night.”
South Dakota tied the program record for 3-point field goals made, a mark which was achieved for the third time on Saturday (at Kansas State in 2015; vs. Minnesota Morris in 2002).
Senior guard Madison McKeever made her first five field goal attempts and went 4-of-4 from deep to pace four Coyotes in double-figures with 14 points. She also pitched in five rebounds in 19 minutes of action.
Junior center Hannah Sjerven also scored 14 points, while grabbing seven boards and dishing out two assists. She was 7-of-11 from the floor. Senior guard Ciara Duffy recorded her eighth-straight double-figure game with 13 points and four assists.
Freshman guard Macy Guebert not only scored her first collegiate points on Saturday, but posted her first double-digit game with 13 points. She knocked down the 17th 3-pointer of the game to tie the record, while also swatting way three steals.
South Dakota set the tone early by making 6-of-7 field goal attempts after tip-off, jumping out to a 16-2 lead in the first four minutes. A pair of McKeever’s 3-pointers came during the run.
The Coyotes, who made 11 3-pointers in the first half, were up 52-23 at the break. Junior guard Chloe Lamb, who finished with nine points in the game, banked in a mid-court 3-pointer a split second after the buzzer sounded that could have made it 12.
Northern Illinois freshman Chelby Koker was the only Huskie to reach double-figures with a career-best 17 points. She had 12 of NIU’s 23 points at halftime.
South Dakota shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) from the field in the game, while making 58.6 percent (17-of-29) behind the arc. Northern Illinois was held to 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the field.
Ball movement on the offensive end of the floor was impressive as the Coyotes tallied 26 assists on 34 made field goals. 11 of 12 players that checked into the game tallied an assist with Duffy, Lamb and junior guard Liv Korngable leading the way with four a piece. Korngable also made three triples for nine points.
South Dakota returns home from Vegas to host Creighton at 7 p.m. Wednesday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. The Bluejays (6-1) also picked up a pair of victories at a Thanksgiving tournament, defeating No. 23 West Virginia and Temple this weekend.
SOUTH DAKOTA (7-1)
Hannah Sjerven 7-11 0-0 14, Monica Arens 0-3 0-0 0, Chloe Lamb 3-5 0-0 9, Madison McKeever 5-7 0-0 14, Ciara Duffy 5-9 0-0 13, Claudia Kunzer 1-5 1-2 4, Liv Korngable 3-5 0-0 9, Macy Guebert 4-8 2-2 13, Taylor Frederick 3-6 0-0 6, Jeniah Ugofsky 1-2 2-2 4, Megan Bonar 2-4 1-2 5, Regan Sankey 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 34-66 6-8 91.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (3-4)
Courtney Woods 3-8 0-0 6, Riley Blackwell 0-2 0-0 0, Ally May 0-4 0-0 0, Gabby Nikitinaite 0-6 0-0 0, Myia Starks 2-6 0-0 4, Chelby Koker 6-12 0-0 17, Abby Woollacott 1-3 0-0 2, Mikayla Brandon 3-5 0-0 9, Grace Hunter 2-3 1-1 5, A’Jah Davis 1-4 1-3 3, Paulina Castro 1-2 0-0 2, Ninni Salmi 0-0 0-0 0, Christina Britter 0-1 0-0 0, Rachel Dumoulin 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 19-56 2-4 48.
SOUTH DAKOTA 21 31 16 23 — 91
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 10 13 7 18 — 48
Three-Pointers: USD 17-29 (McKeever 4-4, Duffy 3-5, Korngable 3-3, Guebert 3-6, Kunzer 0-1, Arens 0-1, Ugofsky 0-1, Bonar 0-1), NIU 8-26 (Koker 5-8, Brandon 3-5, Woods 0-5, Blackwell 0-1, May 0-1, Nikitinaite 0-5, Starks 0-1). Rebounds: USD 37 (Sjerven 6), NIU 26 (Davis 5). Personal Fouls: USD 11, NIU 9. Fouled Out: None. Assists: USD 26 (three with 4), NIU 9 (three with 2). Turnovers: NIU 16, USD 9. Steals: USD 10 (Guebert 3), NIU 6 (Nikitinaite 2). Blocked Shots: USD 4, NIU 1. Attendance: 350.
Duffy Named South Point MVP
LAS VEGAS—South Dakota senior guard Ciara Duffy was named the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout’s Most Valuable Performer and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Duffy nearly recorded a triple-double on Friday in leading the Coyotes to a 68-53 victory over Ohio State. Her stat line included 22 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, a block and a steal. She then helped the Coyotes get out to a quick start over Northern Illinois with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes. South Dakota won game two 91-48, with Duffy making three of USD’s school record 17 3-pointers.
A native of Rapid City, Duffy is averaging 17.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists this season. She’s reached double-figures in all eight games with a pair of double-doubles.
Duffy was joined on the all-tournament team by Nebraska’s Hannah Whitish, Jordan Lewis of Alabama, Angel Jackson of USC and Mackenzie Coleman of Tennessee Tech. Northern Illinois’ Chelby Koker, who scored 17 points against USD on Sturday, was named the tournament’s “Sixth Woman.”
FGCU 71, SDSU 70
CANCUN, Mexico — South Dakota State women’s basketball dropped a heartbreaker against Florida Gulf Coast in the final game of the Cancun Challenge on Saturday, as the Jacks fell 71-70 in the final seconds to snap a five-game winning streak.
SDSU fell to 5-3 and went 2-1 in the Cancun Challenge, while FGCU improved to 8-1 and finished the Cancun Challenge 3-0.
Myah Selland turned in another impressive performance with 20 points, five assists and four rebounds. Paiton Burckhard recorded 17 points and tied her career-best of nine rebounds. Tori Nelson posted 12 points and pulled down five boards.
The Jackrabbits outrebounded its opponent for the fifth straight game as it held a 34-26 advantage on the boards. FGCU was led by Keri Jewett-Giles with 24 points.
The Eagles held an 8-7 advantage midway through the first quarter, but a Burckhard layup and a 3-pointer by Nelson set the Jackrabbits ahead, 12-8. State held onto its lead through the remainder of the quarter, but a trio of FGCU free throws cut the Jacks’ advantage to 16-15.
A 9-0 run set the Eagles ahead 27-22 with 5:17 remaining in the first half. The score reached a tie twice, but Paiton Burckhard went on a fastbreak, scoring at the last second to put the Jacks ahead 35-33 at halftime.
SDSU outscored Florida Gulf Coast 21-16 in the third quarter. A late 6-0 run gave the Jacks its largest lead of seven points entering the final frame. State led 68-63 when a FGCU 3-pointer and a trio of free throws gave the Eagles a one-point advantage. Selland made a layup with nine second remaining to put the Jacks ahead, but Florida Gulf Coast answered with a basket of their own to seal a late 71-70 win.
South Dakota State returns home to host Coppin State on Thursday at Frost Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.