Staging for Coyotes, Kansas City Monday

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The game

South Dakota Women’s Basketball takes on Kansas City at 3 p.m. Monday in the Summit League Tournament Semifinals at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, SD

The match will be broadcast by Midco Sports with play-by-play by Jay Elsen, color by Greg Stemen and side reporting by Elaina Lanson. This broadcast will be available to stream on espn+ and Midco Sports Plus (subscription required). Fans can tune into the Coyote Sports Network with Carter Woodiel on KVHT 106.3 in Yankton/Vermillion and on KWSN 98.1 in Sioux Falls, or by using the Varsity Network app.

If you go…

Join USD fans, friends and alumni for a pre- and post-game soiree in the Coyote Hospitality Room in Ballroom A at the Convention Center. The reception room opens two hours before and one hour after each game. A bar is available with light snacks provided. Note that all bars in the Convention Center and Center PREMIER only accept credit card purchases.

Cheer on the team as the players arrive at the tournament as part of the Coyote Walk, 90 minutes before the game in the hallway of the Convention Center.

The PREMIER Center also has a clear bag policy. Charlie’s offers clear bags for $9.99.

Coyotes

Summit League regular-season champions South Dakota (25-5, 17-1) advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 75-49 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday. The Coyotes are led by the Summit League Player of the Year Chloe LambTop Defensive Player of the Year Hannah Sjerven and all the choice of the summit Liv Korngable. The trio account for nearly two-thirds of USD scores this season. Second year students Maddie Krull and Kyah Watson join them in the starting formation. First-year student Grace Larkin was named the Summit League’s Sixth Woman of the Year, and she shined in her first game with a career-high 23 points to beat the Yotes in Game 1. Sjerven and Korngable both joined her in double digits, while Lamb got the six points she needed to tie Ciara Duffy for third in the USD all-time rankings.

The Roos

Kansas City (23-7, 12-6) turned the game around in the second half, overcoming a 14-point deficit to defeat North Dakota State 81-74. The Roos are backed by a pair of Summit first-team picks in Naomie Alnatas and Brooklyn McDavid. Alnatas sank a 3-pointer, followed by the free throw and one, with 21 seconds remaining to give UMKC a 76-72 advantage. She finished with 32 points in the game, while McDavid had 13. Kiara Bradley and Paige Bradford both had double-doubles and their fifth starter Mandy Williems had 11 points. The Roos’ starting five accounted for 80 of their 81 points in the game.

The series

South Dakota leads the series 6-4 with the Coyotes winning all four meetings since the Roos joined the Summit League in 2020. USD beat Kansas City 71-49 in the last meeting Feb. 24 at Vermillion. The last time these two programs met on neutral ground was in the 1983-84 season at the Grand View Classic in a non-conference game in Des Moines, Iowa.

One last thing

The Coyotes forced 24 turnovers on Leatherneck in Saturday’s quarterfinals, grabbing a season-high 18 interceptions with four interceptions each from Watson and Larkins. It was also the most steals USD had in a Summit League tournament game in program history.

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