VERMILLION, S.D. — No. 22 South Dakota dominated the middle portion of the game as the Coyotes downed the UNO women 77-44 on Saturday afternoon.

The Mavericks traded baskets in the opening quarter with South Dakota, which improved to 4-0 in Summit League play.

UNO still was within four with eight minutes left in the first half before the Coyotes stretched their lead to 36-23 by halftime. South Dakota then scored 21 of the first 23 points of the third quarter.

South Dakota hit six of its first 10 shots in the third quarter as the Coyotes quickly pulled away. When Chloe Lamb hit a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left in the quarter, South Dakota’s lead was 57-25.

Ciara Duffy, the Summit League preseason player of the year, led four South Dakota players in double figures with 16 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Hannah Sjerven added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Kia Wilson scored six points in the fourth quarter and led UNO with eight, while Mikaela Ekdahl and Mariah Murdie added seven each.

UNO, which is 1-3 in Summit League play, returns to action next Saturday at Denver.

UNO (6-11, 1-3)...................10  13    4  17—44

South Dakota (15-2, 4-0).....12  24  21  20—77

UNO: Ekdahl 2-6 2-2 7, Murdie 3-6 1-2 7, Ogier 2-4 2-2 6, Killian 2-6 0-0 5, Filer 1-3 0-0 3, Wilson 3-6 2-2 8, Pilakouta 2-5 0-0 4, Johnston 0-2 2-2 2, Carter 1-6 0-0 2, Felici 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Petersen 0-1 0-0 0, Schmitt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-47 9-10 44.

SD: Duffy 5-10 5-6 16, Sjerven 4-6 4-4 12, Lamb 4-10 0-0 10, Arens 2-6 1-3 5, McKeever 2-7 0-0 4, Frederick 5-7 1-1 11, Hempe 2-3 0-0 6, Korngable 2-5 1-2 5, Sankey 2-2 0-0 5, Guebert 1-3 1-1 3, Bonar 0-2 0-0 0, Ugofsky 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-63 13-18 77.

3-point goals: UNO 3-15 (Filer 1-3, Killian 1-3, Ekdahl 1-4, Ogier 0-1, Johnston 0-1, Felici 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Petersen 0-1); SD 6-22 (Hempe 2-2, Lamb 2-5, Sankey 1-1, Duffy 1-2, Bonar 0-1, Guebert 0-2, Korngable 0-2, Arens 0-3, McKeever 0-4). Rebounds: UNO 29 (Filer, Johnston 5); SD 37 (Sjerven 9). Assists: UNO 8 (Pilakouta 2); SD 18 (Duffy 10). Turnovers: UNO 21, SD 10. Total fouls: UNO 19, SD 13. Att.: 2,576.

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