Things didn’t exactly go too well for the USD basketball teams this weekend.
Both the Coyote men and women lost their Great West Conference openers at the University of North Dakota on Saturday in Grand Forks, N.D.
The USD women, who led for the entire first half, lost 63-53. And the men later lost 75-62.
So now, a day later, let’s ask: What went wrong?
Starting with the women’s game — Sounded like the big key was eight USD turnovers in the second half, and all seemingly coming right in a row. And the Sioux, to their credit, made the Coyotes pay. USD also had trouble shooting, 34.6 percent from the field, and 8-of-31 on three-pointers. Leading scorer Amber Hegge was held to seven points on 2-of-5 shooting, while Annie Roche was just 1-of-7 for three points.
On to the men’s game — Fouls. Plain and simple. A continual problem this season for the Coyotes, their post players again got in early foul trouble. Starters Trevor Gruis and Ricardo Andreotti both picked up two fouls apiece just 5:27 into the game. And reserve Mitch Bouie was whistled for two fouls in his first four minutes off the bench. Coupled with an 0-for-11 effort on three-pointers in the first half, the Coyotes were going to have trouble doing much of anything right.
Up next, the USD men and women host Utah Valley next Saturday for a Great West doubleheader.