CSU Women Have No Response to South Dakota St in WNIT
VERMILLION, S.D. – The Colorado State women's basketball team fell to the South Dakota Coyotes, 74-49, in round two of the Postseason WNIT on Sunday afternoon from the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
Senior guard Hannah Tvrdy closed her collegiate career with a 21-point, 8-for-12 shooting performance to lead all scorers. Junior forward Annie Brady and junior guard Sofie Tryggedsson each finished with eight points, with Brady adding seven rebounds. Colorado State (21-12) finished behind South Dakota (28-6) in field goal percentage, 43 percent to 38 percent, and was outrebounded on the offensive glass, 10-1, and by 13 overall (39-26 USD).
"They shot it really well, obviously, and we just seemed slow today," Rams coach Ryun Williams said. "We seemed like we had no legs today. We didn't move well and we were just way too late getting to shooters. Once they got a few balls going down it became contagious for South Dakota. When you shoot that many threes and you shoot that well, you stretch that lead pretty quick, and we didn't match it offensively. Again, we missed seven layups in that first half. We just couldn't keep up with them offensively. Defensively we just didn't have a lot of the same pop that we did all year."
Colorado State's only lead was in the first minute of the game, as Brady scored the first basket for either team on Sunday. Both teams started 3-for-6 from the floor, but the Rams' offense stagnated over the latter stretch of the first quarter and the Coyotes built a 24-12 lead heading to the second. South Dakota extended that momentum in to the second quarter, taking leads of 30-12 and 36-17 as the Rams only had four points in the second quarter for much of the period's duration. However, Tvrdy closed the half with back-to-back three to help the Rams trim the deficit to 40-22 by halftime.
CSU made the game close in the third quarter with early hot shooting, making each of its first seven shots in that period. Four of those were three-pointers, as freshman guard Jordyn Edwards and Tryggedsson drained two of those apiece over the first four minutes of the second half to cut the USD lead to 45-38. After Edwards' second three, Tvrdy hit a layup to cut the defcit to 45-40, but the Rams did not score for the last 5:14 of the third quarter and fell behind 55-40 heading to the fourth.
CSU converted on only three more field goal attempts for the remainder of the game, an Austgulen three and a pair of Tvrdy layups. Those three field goals helped reduce a 23-point deficit back to 15 with 4:51 to go, but CSU did not make another shot for the rest of the game as the Rams slipped behind to the eventual 74-49 final score.