VERMILLION, S.D. — South Dakota used a 13-0 run to take an early lead, cruised to a 42-16 halftime advantage, and earned its first Summit League victory of the season Saturday by beating UNO 75-51 in women's basketball.
South Dakota, still playing without two injured starters — including preseason All-Summit guard Nicole Seekamp — had lost its first four league games. The Coyotes (11-10) were picked to finish third in the preseason.
After leading 4-0, the Mavericks gave up 13 straight and never got back in the game. UNO (9-10, 1-4 Summit) shot 32 percent from the field (8 of 25) in the first half, missing all seven of its 3-point shots. The Mavs also missed all three of their free throws and had 14 first-half turnovers.
South Dakota limited UNO scoring leader Ericka House, averaging 18.3 points, to five points on 2-of-12 shooting — the first time since the season opener that House had been held under 10 points. House scored UNO's first basket before being shut down.
Lisa Loeffler had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead South Dakota, while Polly Harrington scored 13 points and Raeshel Contreras added 10. Sophomore guard Tia Hemiller had six points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Lanese Bough led UNO with 10 points. Freshman forward Sami Pawlak scored all nine of her points in the second half.
UNO fell behind 54-22 early in the second half before pulling within 56-34 with 8:38 left. That was as close as the Mavs could get.
UNO matched its season high with 23 turnovers and forced a season-high 23 turnovers by South Dakota, including 15 in the second half.