(From the USD sports desk)
VERMILLION, S.D.-South Dakota sophomore forward Taylor Frederick had a career night with 18 points and nine rebounds to pace the Coyotes in an 89-32 rout of Bellevue on Wednesday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
South Dakota improved to 4-3 on the season while the game served as an exhibition for Bellevue (6-5). The Coyotes used a 22-0 run during the second quarter to draw out the lead to 43-12.
Freshman guard Chloe Lamb drained a pair of threes early in the run to get the momentum going. Lamb finished with nine points and five assists in the game. South Dakota’s bench completely took over in the third quarter, accounting for 56 of the Coyotes’ 89 points. All four true freshmen took the floor, joined by Frederick and sophomore forward Megan Bonar. Frederick became the sixth Coyote to pace the Coyotes in scoring out of seven games this season. She was 7-of-10 from the field for 18 points, pulled down nine rebounds, dished out an assist and did not commit a turnover in the game.
Freshmen guards Claudia Kunzer and Monica Arens joined Frederick in double figures. Kunzer, who scored her first collegiate points against Tennessee last time out, had 11 points with three assists. Arens matched her season best of 10 points and grabbed five rebounds with a pair of assists.
Although South Dakota outrebounded Bellevue 56-23 with the help of 22 offensive boards, the Coyotes only capitalized with eight second-chance points. Where the Coyotes did capitalize was in forcing 19 Bellevue turnovers and scoring 26 points-off turnovers. South Dakota shot 44.9 percent (31-of-69) for the game while holding Bellevue to just 21.3 percent (10-47) from the field and 12 percent (3-25) from outside the arc.
South Dakota leaves for a two-game road trip that kids off at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Nacogdoches, Texas. It marks the final road trip of the nonconference season for the Coyotes.