VERMILLION – The South Dakota Coyotes (30-6) are headed to the WNIT semifinals after downing Western Kentucky
68-54 in front of a raucous home crowd in the DakotaDome Sunday night.
Nicole Seekamp paced the Coyotes with 18 points and dished out nine assists. Jasmine Trimboli and Kelly Stewart both scored 11 points in the win. Stewart also finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
Western Kentucky’s Kendall Noble finished with a game-high 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Tashia Brown netted 12 points and seven boards.
WKU trailed 31-29 at the half and tied the game at 31-all with 8:56 to play in the third quarter off a Ivy Brown layup. However, that was the closest the Lady Toppers would get, as the Coyotes were too much down the stretch. South Dakota’s largest lead was 16 points (68-52) with 1:02 left in the 4th quarter. The Coyotes connected on 12 three-pointers while holding the Lady Toppers to just 1 of 8 from behind the arc.
This was the first-ever meeting between two teams. The Coyotes improve to 6-2 all-time in WNIT games and have reached the semifinals for the first time in program history.
South Dakota will play the winner of Oregon at UTEP, which is slated to tip tomorrow night (Monday) at 9 p.m. ET. Semifinal game information will be announced immediately following the game.