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Fordham defeats USD women in Las Vegas contest

South Dakota (4-3) got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Grace Larkins, marking the sophomore’s first collegiate double-double.

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LAS VEGAS — Fordham guard Anna DeWolfe scored 22 of her 26 points in the second half to rally the Rams to a 78-65 win against South Dakota on the final day of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic at Orleans Arena.

Asiah Dingle scored a game-high 27 points for Fordham, which moved to 4-3 on the season. The Rams trailed 39-35 at the half, but outscored South Dakota 27-12 in the third quarter and made nine second-half 3-pointers to get the win.

South Dakota (4-3) got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Grace Larkins, marking the sophomore’s first collegiate double-double. Carley Duffney provided a season-high 15 points off the Coyotes’ bench. Morgan Hansen was 3-for-3 from beyond the arc for nine points.

It was another slow start out of the gates for South Dakota, which made 4-of-17 shots in the opening quarter and trailed 17-11 after one. Fordham’s lead was 31-20 near the midway point of the second quarter when USD made its move. Hansen made back-to-back triples to spark the rally. Back-to-back 3’s by Larkins in the final minute capped it.

DeWolfe and Dingle scored all but four points in the second half for Fordham. The Rams made 14-of-27 from long range and were 10-of-10 from the free-throw line. They also outrebounded USD 41-37.

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South Dakota was 11-of-22 from three-point range, but 13-of-41 inside it. Alexi Hempi scored in double figures for the fourth time this season. She had 10.

The Coyotes next head to Colorado for a night game with Northern Colorado Friday. A five-game homestand follows, starting with Drake Dec. 6 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

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