Coyotes way too much for Bellevue

VERMILLION, SD — South Dakota saw all 11 players enter the scoring tally in the first half in a 100-38 win over Bellevue at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Madison Grange, who had 16 points in a Coyote win over Bradley Sunday, led all scorers with 20 points in 7-of-8 shooting. She made every four 3-pointers she took and had six rebounds. Grange led six South Dakota players who scored in double digits.

It was an exhibition game for Bellevue (3-4), an NAIA team from southern Omaha, Nebraska. Asha Scott led the Bruins with nine points but was 2-of-12 off the field. Bellevue shot just 23 percent from the field and was passed 59-13.

“We started the game very aggressively and that seems to be the identity of this team right now,” South Dakota Coach said Kayla Karius. “We talked about playing with a competitive spirit – it was very important for us to focus on our execution versus the outcome of the game and I think we did that successfully.

“This is the second game in a row where we’ve had important input from so many different players, which was great to see.”

South Dakota led 28-8 after a quarter and 55-18 at halftime. Grange had 16 points in 12 minutes of action at this point. Alexi Hanpe scored eight of their 10 points in the first half. Grace Larkinswho only played six minutes in the second half finished with 10 points and led all players with eight rebounds and six assists.

Redshirt newbie Carley Duffney offered a season-high 14 points behind South Dakota’s bench in their third collegiate game. True newbie Walker Demers had a season-high 12 points in 5-of-6 shooting and grabbed five boards. Nicole Avila-Ambrosi 11 points scored.

The Coyotes shot 54 percent from the field, including an 11-of-25 performance from 3-point range. South Dakota has 43 three-pointers on 45 percent shooting in four games.

It was the final fine-tuning for South Dakota ahead of the longest road trip of the season. The Coyotes face Saint Louis on Sunday, compete in a tournament in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving and travel to northern Colorado the following Friday, December 2 before returning home against Drake on December 6.