LAS VEGAS—South Dakota senior guard Ciara Duffy posted a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Coyotes defeated Ohio State 68-53 inside South Point Arena in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.
South Dakota (6-1) earned its third win over a Power 5 foe in four games on Friday. Ohio State (3-3) drops its second-straight contest after last Sunday’s 73-62 loss to No. 4 UConn.
Duffy posted her seventh-straight double-figure game to start the year with her second double-double on the year. Her stat line read 22 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and a steal.
Joining her in double-figures were junior guard Chloe Lamb with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and junior guard Monica Arens with 11 points and four rebounds.
The Coyotes jumped out to an 8-2 lead to start the game, but the Buckeyes answered with their own run to lead 16-12 in the first quarter. It would be the largest lead of the game by Ohio State as a pair of 3-pointers from Duffy and Lamb gave USD a lead it would not relinquish in the final 29 minutes.
South Dakota entered the fourth quarter ahead 51-39, but three-straight buckets from Arens and Lamb pulled it out of reach to 58-39. South Dakota got out to its largest lead of the game, 62-41, midway through the fourth period.
South Dakota returns to action at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout today against Northern Illinois at 3:15 p.m.