It turns out back-to-back appearances in the Summit League Tournament championship game were no fluke for Amy Williams' South Dakota Coyotes women's basketball team, as the third year coach was recognized Thursday as the Summit League Coach of the Year.

The Spearfish, SD native capturing her honor after leading USD to the school's first  Summit League regular season title and its best league record (13-3) in program history.

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The Coyotes also with a pair of first team all-conference players.  Senior Nicole Seekamp is on the honor squad for the second straight season after leading the league in assists and and assist-to-turnover ratio.  The Renmark, Australia native was also second in the Summit in steals and in scoring. She was the Summit League Tournament MVP in 2013.

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Her teammate Raeshel Contreras is also on the first team.  The senior from San Francisco finished sixth in the league in scoring and was second in three-point shooting. She also was fifth in the league in steals. Contreras was named to the first-team this season after being an all-newcomer and honorable mention honoree last season.

USD is the top seed in the Summit League Tournament, which opens Saturday afternoon at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, when the Coyotes face Fort Wayne at noon.

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South Dakota State has one player on the All-Summit League first team.  Senior Megan Waytashek is on the squad for the third straight year. The Lino Lakes, MN native was second on the team in scoring and notched double figures in 11 of 14 league games, including scoring 20-plus points 3 times.

SDSU opens Summit League Tournament Saturday at 2:30 PM when the Jackrabbits play Denver.