VERMILLION, South Dakota (Dakota News Now) – Grace Larkins scored a career-high 31 points and led the Coyotes to an 82-59 victory over Kansas City, playing a triple-double. both teams.
Larkins was 11-of-17 from the field, recording eight rebounds, a career-high eight assists, two blocks, and one steal. The Coyotes (5-7, 1-0 Summit) stopped his 6-his-game skid and Summit won his 41st consecutive home game against his league nemesis. South Dakota has seven wins against Kansas City since his 2013.
USD head coach Kayla Karius said: “We can have fun tonight and we’ll be back tomorrow for another opponent.”
The Roos (4-8, 0-1) scored 21 points from Rain Green but shot 30% from the field compared to South Dakota’s 56%. Manna, a mid-season transfer from Utah, made her Kansas City debut and appeared in the starting lineup, scoring 10 of Kansas City’s 19 points in the first half. She finished with 13 points.
Kansas City forward Elyse Stafford was Summit’s third-highest scorer going into the game on Monday, going 10-1 from the field with four total points. Roos played without his Sanaa ‘St. Andre, the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 16 points per game. They were spared from South Dakota.
Larkins and Coyote were a huge success, pushing the tempo throughout the contest. Larkins scored his 10 points and Macy Gebert hit two of his 3-pointers in the first quarter to push South Dakota to his 25-8 lead. Walker Demers continued his run as he scored 9 of 11 points in the paint in the second quarter. South Dakota had 17-of-27 shooting in the first half and led 47-19 at halftime.
Larkins had 17 points, seven assists and six boards in the first half. She scored another ten of hers in the third quarter and was ejected early in the fourth quarter. It was her second 30-point tally of the season.
Green scored 17 points in the second half, but Ruth never threatened. The Coyotes outscored Kansas City 38–30 in rebounding, holding Dani Winslow, his No. 6 rebounder in the nation, to 12 and 0 points for him, half the average.
South Dakota will end its five-game home stand against Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, weather permitting. The Golden Eagles, who have a 3-9 season record, defeated Summit favorites South Dakota in his 83-80 loss to Brookings on Monday.
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