(From the USD sports desk)
OMAHA, Neb.–A balanced attack with four Coyotes in double figures led South Dakota to its eighth-straight road victory at Omaha, 72-50, inside Baxter Arena on Wednesday night.
The Coyotes (22-5, 12-0 Summit) tied the program’s Division I record by winning their 16th-straight game. South Dakota enters Saturday’s contest with Oral Roberts with a chance to clinch at least a share of the Summit League regular season title.
Senior center Kate Liveringhouse led the team in front of her hometown crowd with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. She made 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from the field. Junior guard Allison Arens added 12 points with seven from the free-throw line. Arens also dished out three assists. Senior guard Jasmine Trimboli and freshman guard Chloe Lamb each pitched in 10 points. Trimboli added three steals and two assists. Lamb had four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals.
Omaha (11-13, 2-11 Summit) was led by junior guard Amber Vidal’s game-high 20 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the floor. South Dakota finished at 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field and scored 32 points in the paint after only five 3-pointers fell in the game. The Coyotes also sank 75 percent (15-of-20) from the free-throw line.
The Coyotes shared the ball well with 20 assists on their 26 made field goals. Omaha made 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the floor and 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from outside the arc. The Coyotes scored 19 points off 20 Maverick turnovers. Trimboli led the Coyotes with three of the team’s nine steals.
South Dakota hosts Oral Roberts for senior day at 1 p.m. Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Saturday marks one of two remaining home games as the Coyotes also host South Dakota State next Wednesday at 7 p.m.