Coyote women stomp Portland State 103 – 61
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Coyote women stomp Portland State 103 – 61

The Coyotes picked up their fifth straight win Saturday in the DakotaDome after blowing out the Portland State Eagles 103-61.

“I took a peak at assists and rebounding margin, those are two big stats for us. Those were both in our favor today and it was a great team win,” said USD head coach Amy Williams.

After the first half, the Eagles’ Pia Jurhar led the team with 8 points and 3 blocks. Corey James had 6 points and Cici West had 4 rebounds.

Coyotes’ senior guards Tia Hemiller and Nicole Seekamp both scored 8 points followed by junior guard Caitlin Duffy and sophomore center Kate Liveringhouse, each with 6 points. Seekmap led the team with 4 steals and Duffy led the team with 5 rebounds

The Coyotes continued to lead throughout the third quarter and continued to play tough despite the large lead.

“The key with a game like this is watching film on them. They might be 0-6 coming in, but they scape, clock, and play with (a) nothing to lose attitude that you have to stay concerned about,” said senior guard Kelly Stewart. “We got up early but we wanted to make sure to execute our stuff well. (We wanted to) play our defensive possessions well and do what we do and improve upon that. We weren’t playing the scoreboard anymore, we are trying to get better.”

All 13 players scored, while six players scored in double digits including Hemiller with 12 points, Duffy with 11 and Seekamp with 18.

“We wanted to continue to grow in that area, in that having depth and people that can contribute,” Williams said. “This year we have a lot of players that can make an impact, so that’s a good thing. It shows that we have a lot of different players that can be weapons for us.”

The Coyotes improved to 5-3 and will travel to San Jose, Calif. Tuesday to face off against San Jose State.