For the first time this Summit League season, the South Dakota women's basketball team will be playing in front of their home fans, with back-to-back games at the DakotaDome this week.

The Coyotes won two of their three road games to start the conference schedule, the lone loss coming at Oral Roberts last week.

That night in Tulsa, USD got their first look at Vicky McIntyre, who is among the best in the nation in rebounding and blocked shots.  She ended the night with 19 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks in South Dakota's 81-65 loss.

But McIntyre had some help, as four Golden Eagles scored in double figures, including Faith Ihim's 18 points and 10 rebounds.

USD head coach Amy Williams on the loss:

Two days later in Macomb, Illinois, the Coyotes turned the page on the ORU loss with a  101-87 blowout win at Western Illinois.  The offensive output was the biggest ever by a USD team against a Division I opponent.

South Dakota had five players in double figures with Raeshel Contreras' 24 points leading the way, on the strength of six 3-pointers, while Nicole Seekamp dished out ten assists.

Coach Williams on the win coming on the heels of the Oral Roberts loss:

(Photo by Dave Eggen/Inertia)

Thursday in Vermillion, the Coyotes host a North Dakota State team that's tied with Denver for the top spot in the Summit League at 3-1.

Brooke LeMar is the Bison's top scoring threat, and the #1 scorer in the conference, averaging 21 points a game.

Coach Williams says guarding LeMar is a challenge, but the Coyotes know NDSU has other capable weapons on the offensive end:

Tipoff in Vermillion is 7:00pm Thursday night.