Coyote Women Fall At Wyoming In Overtime

USD Can't Hang On To Late Lead And Loses 69-62

Wyoming made 12 free throws during a five-minute overtime period to defeat South Dakota 69-62 on Sunday afternoon at Arena-Auditorium.

Wyoming (6-2) remains unbeaten on its home court, the highest NCAA Division I basketball court in the nation at 7,220 feet, this season with six home victories. South Dakota (6-2) wraps up its final non-conference true road game.

The game featured four ties and 10 lead changes. Neither team led by more than five during regulation.

Wyoming’s scoring defense ranks fourth in the nation while allotting opponents an average 48.4 points per game. South Dakota shot a season low 33.9 percent (21-of-62) from the field.

South Dakota did not score a field goal for the final seven minutes of the second period, while Wyoming guard Liv Roberts scored eight of her game-high 19 points. Roberts recorded a double-double by also grabbing 12 rebounds.

South Dakota sophomore guard Allison Arens was the only Coyote with more than one made field goal at the end of the first half. The Coyotes trailed 26-23 at halftime, the first time South Dakota has trailed at the half this season. Arens finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. She shot 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the field.

South Dakota’s largest lead of the game came with 2:46 remaining in regulation when freshman guard Ciara Duffy drained a 3-pointer to put the Coyotes up by five points. Duffy had 11 points and a team-high eight boards in the game.

The Cowgirls made three free throws in the final 1:05 of regulation to tie the game at 52-52. In the five minutes of overtime, Wyoming would make 12-of-16 from the charity stripe. Overall, Wyoming outscored South Dakota 17-10 in the overtime period.

South Dakota sophomore guard Jaycee Bradley led the Coyotes during the overtime period with seven points. Bradley had 12 points and five rebounds in the game.

In addition to Roberts, Wyoming got 13 points from Hailey Ligocki and 12 from Marta Gomez. Guard Clara Tapia finished with nine points. She was 7-for-10 from the charity stripe in overtime.

Wyoming’s 32 trips to the charity stripe was a season high by a Coyote opponent.

South Dakota outrebounded Wyoming 43-35. The Coyotes had 15 offensive boards and outscored the Cowgirls on second-chance opportunities 19-5.

The Coyotes return to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for a three-game home stretch. South Dakota hosts Illinois at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the first game of a double-header with the men to follow.