SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Held to just one point in the second quarter and nine points in the first half, the University of South Dakota women’s basketball team never rebounded from a tough offensive start, falling to Oregon in the NCAA tournament first round 67-47 Monday.
Oregon’s size advantage, which included 6-foot-5 forward Kyara Sabally and 6-foot-7 forward Sedona Prince, proved to be far too much for the Coyotes, who were outscored 36-16 in the points in the paint category.
South Dakota (19-6) was held to 26.3% shooting in the game played at the Alamodome, including 5 of 23 on 3-pointers.
Oregon (14-8) already held a 25-8 lead after the first quarter when the Coyotes went 0-for-21 shooting in the second 10 minutes of the game and were held to a single free throw from Hannah Sjerven with 4 seconds remaining before halftime.
Oregon scored just nine points in the quarter, thanks to seven USD takeaways, but the lead ballooned to 25 on a 19-0 run. Nine points for the Coyotes in the first half is tied for the second-fewest in NCAA tournament history.
The Ducks opened the game shooting 10 of 13 from the field for a 25-8 lead, paced by 10 points from forward Erin Boley, who finished with 22 points on 9 of 13 shooting in the game. Sabally had 17 points, while Prince scored 12 points.
Oregon shot 59 percent for the game from the field and fired at the same rate in the second half, never allowing the Coyotes to narrow the lead further than 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Sjerven had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Coyotes. Liv Korngable scored 15 points for USD, while Maddie Krull scored seven points. USD’s second-leading scorer Chloe Lamb was held to six points on 2 of 12 shooting, 10 points below her average.
Playing in the NCAA tournament for the third time and off a second consecutive Summit League tournament championship, the Coyotes forced 22 Oregon turnovers and 22 of their 33 rebounds came on the offensive end of the court.
Sixth-seeded Oregon will face No. 3 Georgia on Wednesday in the second round in the Alamo Region.