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USD women take over nation's longest active win streak at 13 with home victory

Third-quarter push sends Coyotes to home win, 8-0 Summit record

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University of South Dakota Coyotes basketball. Mitchell Republic file photo
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VERMILLION, S.D. — Trailing at the halftime break, the University of South Dakota women’s basketball team outscored Western Illinois 23-7 in the third quarter and pulled away for a 70-53 win at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Thursday night.

With the win, the Coyotes now own the nation’s longest active winning streak at 13 games. Entering the day, third-ranked Louisville had the nation’s longest active run of victories at 15 before a 68-59 loss Thursday night at No. 4 North Carolina State.

Liv Korngable led the Coyote contingent of double-figure scorers, posting 16 points on 7-for-15 shooting and a team-best five assists. Maddie Krull had 15 points, Chloe Lamb had 12 and Grace Larkins had 10 points from off the bench for South Dakota (15-4, 8-0 Summit).

Trailing 30-29 at halftime, USD turned the game in its favor with a 9-for-15 shooting third quarter and forced 24 turnovers for the game. The Coyotes also had a 34-16 edge on points in the paint.

It was USD’s ninth straight win over the Leathernecks in the series between the two schools. Danni Nichols had 14 points for WIU (11-6, 2-4 Summit), which was held to 36.7% shooting on the evening.

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USD is back in action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22 in Brookings against St. Thomas.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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