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Cougars Stymied by Augustana, 83-58

A tough stretch of the season continued for the Sioux Falls women’s basketball team as the Cougars dropped an 83-58 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game to rival No. 23 Augustana College at the Stewart Center on Friday night.

The Cougars never led in the contest.

The loss extended USF’s losing streak to three games and dropped its record to 11-12 overall and 8-11 in the NSIC.

Augustana (18-5, 14-5 NSIC) shot 55.8 percent from the field and 52.6 from beyond the arc.

The Vikings shut down USF’s most dangerous offensive weapon, as the Cougars finished just 5-for-26 (19.2 percent) from three-point range.

The Vikings jumped out in front 4-0 before USF tied it with a jumper from Chrissy Strassburg and an up-and-under bucket by Mikenna Greathouse. But Augustana followed with a 22-9 spurt to double up the Cougars 26-13 with just under nine minutes to play in the first half.

The Vikings led at the break, 33-21.

The Cougars mounted a brief comeback to narrow the deficit to nine points at 36-27 with a Laura Johnson layup with 16:37 left in the game. But back-to-back Augie buckets on their next two possessions by Faith Tinklenberg and Alex Feeney gave the Vikings a double-digit lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the game.

Augustana would lead by as many as 25 thanks to shooting a blistering 69.6 percent in the second half.

Laura Johnson and Alyssa Rushton each finished with 11 points to lead the Cougars. Johnson secured a game-high 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season.  Jaicee Ulmer chipped in nine points off the bench. Teagan Molden and Mikenna Greathouse had eight points apiece.

Chrissy Strassburg had six points, dished three assists and also tallied a team-best three steals.

Emily Schulte led five Vikings in double digits with 19 points.

USF shot 36.9 percent from the field and went 5-for-7 from the charity stripe. The Cougars edged Augustana on the glass, 32-31 but committed 15 turnovers that the Vikings converted into 12 points.

USF will host Wayne State College tomorrow in its regular season home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.


Cougars Fall to No. 7 Vikings, 92-64

The Sioux Falls women’s basketball team (4-3, 1-2 NSIC) lost 92-64 at rival No. 7 Augustana College (7-0, 3-0 NSIC) on Saturday after falling behind by double digit points just under four minutes into the first half.

The loss is the second in a row for the Cougars, who had not suffered consecutive defeats since February 2010.

USF provided little offensive punch throughout the entire game outside of Laura Johnson and Teagan Molden, who scored 15 points and 12 points respectively.

The rest of the team scored 37 total and the Cougars shot 36.7 percent from the field for the game after being constantly pushed around by the Viking defense.

Augustana’s size and aggressiveness on the boards bothered the Cougars all night. The Vikings out-rebounded USF 44-22 and blocked six shots.

The Cougars missed the leadership of senior guard Holli Aggen, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

With the game tied at 23-23 with 7:34 remaining in the first half, the Vikings blew the game open with a 24-6 run to lead 47-29 at halftime after holding the Cougars to 11 field goals and 28.6 percent from behind the three point line.

Out of the break, the Vikings quickly stretched the margin to 30 points and led by as many as 39 points in the second half. The Cougars battled late in the game but could not cut the deficit to less than 28 points.

The Cougars only turned the ball over 12 times, while the Vikings committed 19 turnovers. USF dished 11 total assists, marking the fifth time in six games that the squad has tallied double-digit assists.

The Vikings burned up the nets with a 56.9 percent shooting clip. They were also dialed in beyond the arc, connecting on 12-of-23 (52.2%) three-point attempts.

USF finished 22-for-60 from the floor, 4-for-13 from three-point range and 16-for-24 from the stripe.

Mikenna Greathouse and Jaicee Ulmer each tallied seven points, while Greathouse also posted a team-best four rebounds. Kelli Hoff and Marie Malloy scored five points apiece. Malloy went 2-for-2 from the floor in six minutes of action.

The loss wrapped up a three-game road trip for the Cougars, who return home to face Concordia-St. Paul on Dec. 14.



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