SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Four Coyotes scored in double figures as South Dakota used a third-quarter run to top Missouri State 85-74 inside JQH Arena on Tuesday night.
South Dakota now at 8-1 won its sixth-straight game, while Missouri State fell to 1-5 and recorded its first double-digit loss.
It was a tale of two halves for USD’s leading scorers Ciarra Duffy and Allison Arens. Duffy scored 19 of her 23 points in the final two quarters. Arens led the team early with 14 of her 20 points in the first half. This marked the first time two Coyotes have scored more than 20 points in a game since last February.
Duffy was 8-of-12 from the field with five rebounds and three assists. Arens finished 6-of-10 from the floor with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Arens also moved into 20th on USD’s career scoring charts in tonight’s game.
The Coyotes held a 35-34 advantage at the half, but back-to-back triples by Duffy started an 18-5 run for USD headed into the fourth quarter.
South Dakota shot 56.4 percent for the game, helped by an impressive 11-of-12 shooting (91.7 percent) in the third quarter. It marked the second time this season the Coyotes have shot above 50 percent in a game.
The Coyotes return home to host Bellevue at 1 p.m. Sunday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. It marks USD’s final nonconference game at home this season.