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ONLY GAME IN TOWN: USF women avoid COVID & knock off the University of Mary

Coo prevail 74-58 as three other area college games get cancelled
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 11:08 PM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -With Megan Fannin, JeMae Nichols and Dallie Hoskinson scoring in double-digits, the University of Sioux Falls Women’s Basketball Team (10-5, 6-3 NSIC) earned their second straight win with a 74-58 win over U-Mary (9-8, 3-5 NSIC) in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play on Friday at the Stewart Center.

The Cougars moved to 10-5 overall and 6-3 in the NSIC South where they are now tied with Concordia St. Paul for second place. USF is just a game behind leader Minnesota State at 7-2.

“I thought we played really well in both the first and fourth quarters,” said USF Head Coach Travis Traphagen, who earned his 261st career win while picking up his 120th career NSIC victory. “After they took the lead in the fourth quarter, we answered and the game flipped in a hurry. While it wasn’t necessarily the best offensive performance, we battled really hard tonight and picked up a nice win against a talented team,” added Traphagen, whose team will host Mount Marty in nonconference action on Monday at 6 pm.

Fannin, who ranks eighth in the league in scoring, had 19 points with four rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 30 minutes. Fannin hit a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter as part of an 11-0 run that gave USF a 65-54 lead and momentum to finish off their sixth league win. She was 6-of-12 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range as she now has 11 career double-digit scoring games and eight with at least 19 points or more.

Junior guard Dallie Hoskinson toyed with a triple-double as she had 14 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes. Hoskinson, who did not commit a turnover, hit 5-of-10 field goals and tied her career-high in assists (Winona State, 12-11-21). She now has 30 career double-digit scoring games with 10 at USF.

Freshman guard JeMae Nichols had her second career-double digit scoring game with 10 points while adding seven rebounds. Nichols, who helped USF to a 26-to-13 bench scoring advantage, hit her first career three-pointer and also had a steal in 14 minutes on the floor. Guard Danielle Schaub supplied nine points, three assists and three steals while guard Olivia Gamoke added seven points, four assists and three rebounds.

“I was really pleased with the way we played team basketball tonight,” noted Traphagen, whose team had 20 assists on its 25 baskets. “We had really standout efforts from JeMae (Nichols), Dallie, Megan and so many others. But, I was really proud of how this group came together and celebrated each other’s success. Everybody who played contributed to this victory,” he said.

USF, which led 12-4 after the first quarter, took a 30-24 lead at halftime. U-Mary held a 24-19 advantage in the third quarter to cut the lead to 49-48. In the fourth quarter, the Marauders took a 52-51 lead before USF finished off a 25-10 quarter advantage by finishing with a 24-to-6 run.

USF, which led by as many as 18 points late in the fourth quarter, hit 25-of-63 field goals for 39.7 percent, including 9-of-21 three-pointers for 42.9 percent. SUF was 4-of-5 from three-point range in the game-deciding run in the fourth quarter. Also, USF was 15-of-16 at the foul line for 93.8 percent. USF has 12 steals as they forced 16 turnovers and had a 23-to-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Cougars registered double-digit steals for the 10th time this season. USF, which also had an 18-to-1 margin on fast break points, held a 41-33 advantage on the boards as they have outrebounded opponents for the 10th time in 15 games.

U-Mary, which had 12 points and 10 rebounds from Lexie Schneider, made 22-of-58 field goals for 37.8 percent. The Marauders made 8-of-22 shots from three-point range and 6-of-8 foul shots. They also had 12 points and eight rebounds from Megan Zander and 10 points and five assists by Macy Williams.

Scoring Summary –

In the opening quarter, both defenses held the advantage as USF limited U-Mary to 1-14 from the field for 7.1 percent. USF was just 5-of-17 for 29.4 percent but made 2-of-6 from three-point range but was able to take a 12-4 lead.

Freshman guard Brecli Honner, who finished with five points and an assist, opened the scoring with a triple (8:24) which was followed by a lay-up by Hoskinson as USF built a 5-0 lead. Fannin’s basket at the six-minute mark provided USF with a 9-2 advantage. Then, Madison Wuebben’s three at the 2:50 mark gave USF a 12-4 lead which they took to the break.

In the second quarter, U-Mary had a 20-18 scoring edge in a back-and-forth offensive outburst between the teams. The Marauders hit 7-of-15 shots for 46.7 percent with 3-of-5 from three-point range and 3-of-3 at the foul line. USF was 7-of-17 for 41.2 percent with 1-of-4 from deep and 3-of-3 at the foul line.

Williams hit a triple to draw the Marauders within 12-7 just 40 seconds into the quarter. Then, Gamoke hit a pair of foul shots for a 14-7 advantage with 8:21 to play. With 5:33 to play, USF’s Kiara James scored inside for an 18-11 advantage. Later, USF built a 23-13 lead after a three-point play by Nichols and a steal and lay-up by Gamoke.  U-Mary battled back with a pair of threes from Megan Zander to trail just 25-19 with just over two minutes to play.

At halftime, USF was 12-of-34 for 35.3 percent and 3-of-10 from the three-point range. The Cougars, which were outrebounded 22-20, had seven points from Fannin and five from Honner. Hoskinson supplied four points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. The Marauders made 8-of-29 from the field for 27.6 percent and 3-of-9 from the three-point range for 33.3 percent. USF had a 12-to-0 edge in points off turnovers and held a 16-to-10 margin in points in the paint.

USF struggled out of the gate in the quarter, hitting just 1-of-6 in the opening minutes. The Marauders took advantage of USF’s shooting by hitting 9-of-15 shots, including 5-of-6 from three-point range, to cut the lead to just one at the quarter, 49-48. USF made 5-of-16 shots for 31.3 percent but converted 7-of-8 at the foul line to just hold onto the lead.

Williams made a jumper as U-Mary pulled within 30-26 at the 9:11 mark of the third quarter. Fannin’s jumper and two foul fouls for a 34-26 advantage. The Marauders responded with six straight including a three from Megan Voit and a lay-up by Ryleigh Wacha to draw within 34-32 with six minutes to play in the third quarter. Schaub’s jumper gave USF a margin of seven (39-32) at the 5:21 mark. After U-Mary cut the lead to three, Nichols had a steal and a lay-up to give USF a 46-41 lead. Late in the quarter, Megan Voit’s three-pointer cut USF’s lead to just a point as the third quarter closed.

In the final quarter, USF used hot shooting to pull away. The Cougars hit 8-of-13 shots for a game-best 61.5 percent. With the shooting, USF was able to pull away as they made 4-of-5 from deep, including two triples from Fannin and one each from Gamoke and Nichols. U-Mary couldn’t keep pace with the Cougars as they were just 5-of-14 from the field for 35.7 percent and missed all seven of its three-point attempts.

The Marauders took their first lead of the game with a lay-up from Williams for a 52-51 advantage at the 8:54 mark. After U-Mary tied the game at 54 on a basket by Megan Zander with 7:10 to play, USF took off on an 11-0 run. Fannin opened that run with three-pointers on back-to-back possessions as the Cougars took a 60-54 advantage.  With 4:47 left, Hoskinson’s driving lay-up pushed the margin to 62-54 and forced a U-Mary timeout. A three-point play from Krystal Carlson, who had six rebounds and three steals, gave USF to a 65-54 lead with 4:14 left and the matter was decided as USF evened the all-time series with U-Mary at 5-5 in the DII era.

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