Summit League Women’s Preview: Coyotes Host Western Illinois, Jackrabbits Host IUPUI with Plenty at Stake
Regardless of what we were taught as children, nobody likes to share.
As we enter the final day of the Summit League women's basketball season, South Dakota is trying to claim its first ever conference crown outright, while South Dakota State is trying to crash the Coyotes' party a bit and share the title with their rivals.
Both teams come into their final regular season game off wins. USD beat IUPUI 69-53 Thursday in Vermillion, behind Nicole Seekamp's 13 points, five assists and four steals. The victory did clinch the #1 seed in the Summit League Tournament for the Coyotes, regardless of what happens today.
Saturday afternoon, USD gets Western Illinois at the DakotaDome. This is team the Coyotes scored 101 points on WIU in their first meeting last month, putting six players in double figures, and shooting 65 percent in the first half. Head coach Amy Williams is hoping for another strong performance against Ashley Luke and the Leathernecks in the rematch:
Tipoff is 1:30 PM Saturday in Vermillion.
South Dakota State needs a Coyote loss and a win at home over IUPUI to tie USD atop the Summit League standings.
Thursday, SDSU beat Western Illinois 69-49, using used scoring runs of 8-0 and 9-0 to pull away and notch their 20th win of the year.
The Jackrabbits host IUPUI Saturday. They lost at IUPUI 68-67 last month as a trio of players (Nevena Markovic, Shaquira Scott, and Nicole Rogers) all shot over 50 percent and combined for 50 of the Jaguars 68 points. SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston says it was just one of those games where things were going right for an opponent:
Tipoff is 2:00 PM in Brookings Saturday.