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USD Women win again - beat Colorado State at WNIT

USD Sports Release - March 18, 2018

VERMILLION, S.D.—Four Coyotes scored in double figures led by sophomore guard Ciara Duffy's 19 points as South Dakota topped Colorado State 74-49 on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. USD will host the third round of the WNIT at 7 p.m. Thursday.
South Dakota (28-6) advances past the second round of the WNIT for just the second time in five tries. The last time the Coyotes reached the round of 16, they went on to win the tournament.
Colorado State (21-12), in its fifth-straight postseason appearance under head coach Ryun Williams, falls in the second round for the second-straight year.

"I thought our players did a great job on both ends of the floor," said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "We really dug in defensively and found ways to get stops. Offensively, we had 18 assists and only five turnovers. We did a great job of taking care of it and scoring as efficiently as you could against such a good defensive team."
The Coyotes' ball movement allowed USD to jump out to an 18-point lead at 30-12 early in the second quarter. USD had 10 assists on its first 11 field goals. The Coyotes finished with 18 assists in the game.
South Dakota held a 40-22 lead at the half with Duffy's 11 points leading a well-balanced Coyote attack that included eight made 3-pointers.
After an early third-quarter timeout by Williams, the Rams came out in a press to fluster the Coyotes. Colorado State went on an 18-5 run in the first five minutes of the third quarter which closed USD's lead to five points at 45-40. CSU guard Sofie Tryggedsson drained her only 3s of the game back-to-back during the run.
Duffy knocked down a big 3-pointer with 4:42 left in the third that changed the momentum. South Dakota used its own 18-0 run to draw the lead out to 63-40.

"It means so much to have the next game back here in Vermillion," said Duffy. "We have some of the best fans in the nation. When Colorado State started coming back in the second half, it was really the crowd that kept us going. They would get really loud on defense and we really do feed off of that. It means a lot to have the next game back here."

The Coyotes outscored the Rams by 10 points in the final quarter to win the game 74-49.

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