Cougars Fall to No. 7 Vikings, 92-64
The loss is the second in a row for the Cougars, who had not suffered consecutive defeats since February 2010.
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.