MADISON, S.D. - NCAA Division II University of Sioux Falls held Dakota State to 18.2 percent shooting from the field in the first-half and poured in 15 3-pointers overall in the game to defeat Trojan women's basketball 77-37 Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans were limited to four field goals in the first twenty minutes of the game as USF never trailed in the game.
DSU, which went 1-2 in the current three-game home stand, dropped their overall record to 6-18. University of Sioux Falls bounced back in the winning column after suffering a heartbreaking loss to University of Nebraska-Omaha last Thursday night. The Cougars raised their record to 16-3.
USF opened the game with two straight 3-pointers from Alyssa Rushton and Jamey Hofer to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead.
Dakota State was held to five points in the first 12 minutes and 45 seconds as USF raced to a 28-5 lead.
The Cougars gained a 35-12 halftime advantage.
USF shot 50 percent from the field (14-for-28), including 7-for-13 from the 3-point line in the first half. The Trojans were 4-for-22 from the field and 1-for-7 from the 3-point arc.
DSU was able to get no closer than 19 points on two occasions (35-16 with 17:32 left and 44-25 with 13:10 remaining in the game).
The Cougars outscored the Trojans 42-25 in the second-half.
Julie Munson scored nine points for the Trojans. Kylie Westover added eight points and pulled down six rebounds. Katy Pillar scored six points. Jayda Swenson grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists.
Four players scored in double digits for USF. Jaciee Ulmer had 17 points off the bench on her 6-for-7 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line. She had four assists. Johnson poured in five 3-pointers for 15 points and dished out four assists. Bailey Bouman scored 11 points. Alyssa Rushton had 10 points. Hofer pulled down seven rebounds.
USF shot 50 percent overall from the field (29-for-58) compared to the Trojans' 22.4 percent (11-for-49). The Cougars made 15 3-pointers in 32 attempts (46.9 percent), while DSU was 3-for-17 from the 3-point arc (17.6 percent).
DSU was 12-for-16 from the free-throw line (75 percent) compared to USF's 4-for-6 (66.7 percent).
The Cougars outscored the Trojans 38-5 in bench points and 19-5 in second-chance points.
Dakota State heads on the road next week to Sioux City, Iowa to face an NAIA's 'Top 10' team from the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Trojans face No. 5 Morningside with a tip-off starting at 6 p.m. at the RSVC-Alle Gym.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director