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Friday's sports briefs: 01/03/2014

SDSU women fall to second-ranked Notre Dame 94-51 SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Kayla McBride scored 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field to help No. 2 Notre Dame cruise to a 94-51 victory over South Dakota State on Thursday night. McBride was...

SDSU women fall to second-ranked Notre Dame 94-51
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Kayla McBride scored 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting from the field to help No. 2 Notre Dame cruise to a 94-51 victory over South Dakota State on Thursday night.
McBride was also 2 for 2 from the free-throw line, and had four steals. Natalie Achonwa added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Irish (12-0) and Jewell Loyd chipped in 14 points in Notre Dame’s final nonconference matchup before making its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Gabby Boever scored nine points to lead the Jackrabbits (9-7), who were facing their highest-ranked opponent in program history.
The Irish used a 12-0 run to take a 19-4 lead on Taya Reimer’s layup just over 5 minutes into the game. Madison Cable hit two 3-pointers during another 12-0 run that pushed the lead to 57-21 in the final minute of the first half.
Loyd’s layup with just under 15 minutes remaining made it 69-29.

Three Minnesota subcontractors hired for St. Paul ballpark project
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Ryan Companies Inc. has hired three Minnesota-based subcontractors to work on the new Lowertown Ballpark project in St. Paul.
St. Paul-based Hunt Electric will design and build the ballpark’s electrical systems. Schadegg Mechanical Inc. of South St. Paul will be the mechanical contractor, which includes the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and plumbing. Skyline Fire Protection in Maple Grove will design and build the ballpark’s fire protection system, which includes fire alarms, fire pumps and a sprinkler system.
The ballpark will be the home of the St. Paul Saints and amateur baseball teams from across the region. Construction is slated to begin this spring.

USD men top Cal State Northridge
By The Daily Republic
VERMILLION - Trey Norris scored a game-high 20 points for the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team in a 76-75 win over Cal State Northridge Thursday in Vermillion.
The Coyotes got 13 points from Brandon Bos, while Trevor Gruis added 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds in the win.
Stephen Hicks and Stephen Maxwell each scored 19 points to lead CSN.
USD (5-9) plays Iowa Wesleyan at 4:15 p.m. Saturday in Vermillion.

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