(From the USD sports desk)
SAN ANTONIO-Three Coyotes scored in double figures as South Dakota topped Incarnate Word 81-51 inside the McDermott Center on Monday night.
South Dakota (5-4) wraps up its nonconference road slate with a win and returns to the friendly confines of the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for a four-game home stretch ahead of the holiday break and start to Summit League play.
With reverse fortunes, Incarnate Word (1-7) faces three road games ahead of Southland Conference action. Junior guard Allison Arens became the first Coyote to surpass 20 points this season, scoring 21 points on 6-of-9 shooting. It was Arens’ 15th career 20-point game. She also dished out a season high six assists, helping USD reach a season high 20 assists as a team.
Also scoring in double figures were senior guard Jasmine Trimboli with a career high 17 points and junior guard Jaycee Bradley with a season best 16 points. Trimboli reached double-digits for the first time this season and surpassed her career high of 15 from 2015. Bradley added three assists and a pair of steals to her stat line.
South Dakota forced the Cardinals into 25 turnovers and capitalized with 31 points-off turnovers in the game. In the third period alone, 11 of USD’s 18 points came directly off a UIW turnover. Sophomore guard Madison McKeever led the cause with a career high six steals in the game.
The Coyotes shot a season best 56 percent (28-50) from the field for the game and made 89.5 percent (17-19) from the charity stripe. The Cardinals also shot the ball at a 45.5 percent (20-44) clip for their second-highest shooting percentage of the season.
South Dakota hosts CSU Bakersfield at 1 p.m. Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.