The University of South Dakota women's basketball team got a huge victory Monday, when the NCAA granted guard Nicole Seekamp a fourth year of eligibility.

The two-time All-Summit League first team player and two-time Summit League Tournament Most Valuable Player was originally charged with the loss of one of four seasons of intercollegiate competition because she participated in organized amateur competition in her native Australia, following her high school graduation.

Following this past season, officials at USD submitted a waiver on behalf of Seekamp requesting relief from this penalty, which was approved by the NCAA on the condition of Seekamp sit out the first two games of the 2015-16 season.

In a USD press release, Seekamp said:

I'm ecstatic that I have been given the opportunity to compete with this group of girls.

I'm looking forward to improving my game and continuing my education at USD.

Seekamp will earn her undergraduate degree in psychology on May 9. She will begin work on a master's degree in clinical psychology this fall in Vermillion.

Seekamp is seventh in scoring in USD history, and ranks sixth in both assists and steals. Last season, she averaged 16 points per game as the Coyotes captured the Summit League regular season championship for the first time ever.

In a statement released by USD, head coach Amy Williams said:

We are thrilled that Nicole will have the opportunity to compete in a fourth season for the Coyotes.

She is an exceptional player, who has led our program in each of these last three seasons.

Our program will benefit greatly from having her back on the court for one more year.