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Shorthanded Bison women stun South Dakota

FARGO-North Dakota State was down to eight healthy women's basketball players and that's a sight that was all too common in the past few years. Add to the pre-game skepticism: Into the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex marched the...

Brianna Jones, left and Tyrah Spencer, right, of North Dakota State struggle for a loose ball with Ciara Duffy South Dakota during their women’s basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in the Scheels Center, Fargo.Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Brianna Jones, left and Tyrah Spencer, right, of North Dakota State struggle for a loose ball with Ciara Duffy South Dakota during their women’s basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in the Scheels Center, Fargo.Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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FARGO-North Dakota State was down to eight healthy women's basketball players and that's a sight that was all too common in the past few years. Add to the pre-game skepticism: Into the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex marched the University of South Dakota with a 13-2 record and a No. 5 ranking in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll.

What the Bison did from there was something uncommon, however. Perhaps the poster child of the 83-73 upset win Wednesday night, Jan. 4, was the play of Anna Goodhope, a sparingly used true freshman who got more minutes only because of injuries to a couple of Bison players.

She ignited a flaming fourth quarter with a pair of 3-pointers and a field goal and the Bison, 4-12 overall, won their second straight in the Summit League. It was good timing for Goodhope to find the lineup; her father-Sam Goodhope-was a former player for the USD men's team.

"Going to see him after this, it's going to be an even better win," said Anna Goodhope, from Sioux Falls, S.D. "Coming from there, it adds a little bit extra."

NDSU was without starting forward Emily Spier because of a leg injury and top backup forward Reilly Jacobson because of a shoulder ailment.

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"Next person up, we called their name and they were ready to go," said Bison guard Taylor Thunstedt, who went over 1,000 career points. "Anna came out and hit some big 3s."

It was 40-30 at halftime and the Bison had an upset brewing. The Coyotes cut into that deficit in the third quarter with an eight-point surge. NDSU still led 55-53, and expanded that to a six-point advantage at the outset of the final quarter.

Goodhope and Brianna Jones started it with field goals. One possession later, Goodhope's 3-pointer made it 62-54. Three minutes later, she hit another trey and the Bison had a 10-point lead and NDSU wasn't done there.

An 11-2 run made it 77-61 and the Coyotes were in serious trouble against a team whose guards, Thunstedt and freshman Sarah Jacobson, played all 40 minutes.

Beating a struggling Denver team like the Bison did last week is one thing. A solid performance against league title contender USD is another.

"It validates what we talk about in the locker room every day," said head coach Maren Walseth. "We're getting better and we see the improvements. It's more of a validation than a revelation or anything. We knew we could do that."

Thunstedt led the way with 19 points. Jacobson had 18 points and 4 assists. Sophomore guard Kennedy Childers was key with 14 points, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.

"It gives them a lot of confidence and I enjoy seeing them play with confidence with smiles on their faces and having fun," Walseth said.

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USD2 13 30 53 73

NDSU 21 40 55 83

USD (13-3, 2-1 Summit): B. Arens 5-9 0-0 10, Fogg 1-7 2-2 4, A. Arens 9-17 7-9 28, Bradley 6-13 2-2 16, Duffy 1-10 2-2 5, Frederick 0-0 0-0 0, Bonar 0-0 0-0 0, McKeever 1-10 0-0 3, Liveringhouse 3-5 0-0 7. Totals: 26-71 13-15 73.

NDSU (4-12, 2-1 Summit): Nudell 3-6 1-2 7, Jones 3-10 2-3 8, Thunstedt 6-12 5-7 19, S. Jacobson 5-12 4-6 18, Spencer 1-3 0-0 2, Goodhope 3-5 1-5 9, Ogden 3-3 0-0 6, Childers 5-15 0-0 14. Totals: 29-66 13-23 83.

Total fouls: USD 20, NDSU 17. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: USD 41 (Bradley 8); NDSU 47 (Jones 14). 3-point goals: USD 8-30 (Fogg 0-2, A. Arens 3-6, Bradley 2-6, Duffy 1-7, McKeever 1-8, Liveringhouse 1-1); NDSU 12-26 (Nudell 0-1, Thunstedt 2-6, Jacobson 4-10, Goodhope 2-3, Childers 4-6). Assists: USD 11 (A. Arens 4); NDSU 18 (Jacobson, Spencer 4). Turnovers: USD 10 (Bradley 4): NDSU 13 (three with 3). A-610.

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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