Red Hot Coyotes Look to Keep Good Times Rolling with Pair of Summit League Games This Week
As week two of the Summit League season tips off, the South Dakota Coyotes are on a roll.
USD has won 10 of 11, including last week's conference opener, a 85-60 win over Denver. The Pioneers suited just seven players for the game because of injuries, but that didn't stop Paige Bradley from putting on a first-half show in the DakotaDome.
Bradley hit five three pointers as part of an 18-point outburst in the first two quarters, keeping Denver within three at the break.
The second half was a different story.
The Coyote defense made shutting down Bradley priority number one, while the USD offense caught fire. While Bradley and her teammates hit just one long range shot in the final two quarters, South Dakota drained six (11 total for the game), part of a 61 percent shooting effort from the floor.
Nicole Seekamp led the charge with 17 points, nine assists, and three steals. The senior is one of just two players in the nation averaging 14 points, 6.7 assists, and 3.5 steals per game.
This week, the Coyotes play at Oral Roberts Wednesday, facing a very balanced Golden Eagle team, with a trio of players averaging in double figures. ORU also defends the three-point line better than anyone in the Summit League so far, while the Coyotes lead the conference with 18 assists per game.
Tipoff in Tulsa is 7:00 PM Wednesday night.
Saturday the Coyotes return home for a date with Omaha.
The Mavericks are led by the top scorer in the Summit League, Mikaela Shaw, who averages 19 points per game.
Tipoff in Vermllion is 1:30 PM Saturday afternoon. The game is the opener of a women's - men's double header against UNO.
I talked with South Dakota head coach Amy Williams about the Denver win and the match-ups with the Golden Eagles and Mavericks: