VERMILLION, SD – Backed by red-hot shooting from every spot on the floor, South Dakota sprinted past Oregon on Wednesday night to win their semifinal in the 2016 Postseason WNIT.
The Coyotes (31-6) will host the WNIT championship game against either Michigan or Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, April 2 – tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET, with the game being televised by CBS Sports Network. This is the third time in five years South Dakota has been in the WNIT, and the first year ever it advanced past the second round.
South Dakota was a remarkable 15-for-21 from the 3-point line against the Ducks, putting the game away by outscoring Oregon, 29-7, in the third quarter. Overall, the Coyotes shot 54 percent from the field and handled the pace well in committing just eight turnovers. The WNIT record for 3-pointers made in a game is 17, by Missouri State in 2005.
The Coyotes were paced by six players reaching double figures in scoring. Kelly Stewart and Abigail Fogg each had 14 points; Tia Hemiller scored 13, Caitlin Duffy had 12, Jasmine Trimboli scored 11 and Nicole Seekamp had 10 points. South Dakota also ruled the boards, taking away a 38-21 edge in rebounds, with more than 5,000 fans raising the roof at the DakotaDome.
Jacinta Vendenberg had a career-high 17 points for Oregon (23-11), which shot just 40 percent from the field. Lexi Bando added 15 points.