Hummel Leads Cougars To Early Season Win

USF Defeats William Jewell College, 68-53

Steady guard play and timely shooting led University of Sioux Falls Women’s Basketball to pull away for their third win to start the season, a 68-53 victory against William Jewell on Saturday night. The Cougars move to 3-0 on the season, perfect in nonconference play to start the season.
Kaely Hummel continued the brilliant start to her career, leading four Cougars in double figures with 18 points, the third straight game to start her career with 14-or-more points. Madi Robson posted 12 points and handed out six assists as Sioux Falls finished with 18 assists on 25 field goals.
Alyson Johhnsen was perfect behind the three-point line, hitting all three of her attempts to finish with 11 points. Johnsen was one shy of Robson with five assists and was joined by stat-sheet stuffer Jacey Huinker, who finished with four points, five assists, six rebounds and a steal. Sam Knecht was the final Cougars to reach double figures and she posted her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Cougars never trailed in the first half, and built a double-digit lead, led by their defense feeding into their offense. Johnsen paced USF with eight points and her second three-pointer gave the Cougars an eight-point, 33-25 lead entering halftime.
Knecht, Hummel and Huinker started Sioux Falls off with a pair of layups and Hummel’s pull-up jumper to put the Cougars up early, but William Jewell would tie the game twice behind Maddie Nelson layups and a Nelson assisted three-pointer. Johnsen hit a 3-pointer to break the first tie, but it was answered by WJC on the next possession.
As the first quarter closed, Sioux Falls expanded on their lead, scoring five straight. Smith took a Robson feed for a transition layup while Knecht and Mariah Szymanski combined for three free throws for a 16-11 lead through one quarter.
Quick out the gates, Sioux Falls pushed they lead to 14 in less than five minutes. Huinker assisted on a Hummel three in the first possession and Knecht converted a Robson pass for a layup to put USF up double digits. Robson hit her own lay-in then fed Huinker for a close range shot. After Hummel hit a layup with 5:29 to play in the second quarter, the Cougar lead had reached 14 points, 27-23, but William Jewell would fight back.
Five straight Cardinal points were answered by a Robson three. William Jewell continued wot chip away holding USF to one field goal in the final 2:30 and cutting a 12-point deficit to five. In their final possession of the first half, Johnsen connected on her second three of the half to put USF ahead 33-25 at the break.
Another quick burst out of the intermission gave Sioux Falls a double-digit lead and they would not let William Jewel closer than a dozen points for the remainder of the game. After a WJC three to start the second half, Hummel answered and lead a 10-0 USF run. Knecht followed Hummel’s second triple with a layup then a jumper and Hummel capped the run with a Robson-assisted three.
Robson added to the lead with a steal and score then Johnsen connected on another triple as the USF lead reached its pinnacle of 17 points, 54-37. Moira Duffy and Robson each answered William Jewell buckets to keep the Cougars ahead by 17, and Sioux Falls took a 58-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
William Jewell’s Chris Keys made two shots in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to cut the USF lead to four with a layup and a 3-pointer. The Cardinals cut the lead to 12 twice, but Robson and Hummel answered each time down the stretch. One final 3-pointer by William Jewell trimmed USF’s edge to 13, but Augusta Thramer scored her first points as a Cougar with two free throws to bring the score to the final 68-53.
The Cougars close out their nonconference schedule next week when they host Dakota State at the Stewart Center on Tuesday, Nov. 22 with tip-off set for 7 p.m.