After a 1-1 start to the season the South Dakota women’s basketball team will play two games on the west coast, starting with Portland State tonight. The Vikings are 0-1 after falling in their season-opener at Seattle. The two teams have only met one time in history with South Dakota earning a 87-71 win in Vermillion on Dec. 28, 1992. The Coyotes opened their season with a win at Drake before falling on the road at Kansas on Sunday.
About South Dakota
The Coyotes are led by Raeshel Contreras and Nicole Seekamp. The two seniors have each poured in a 20 point effort this season. Contreras, the Summit League player of the week, is averaging 20.5 points per game through two contests, while Seekamp is averaging 14. Seekamp needs just 18 points to join the 1,000 point club at South Dakota. Only 20 other players have reached the mark at South Dakota, with Mandy Koupal’s 2,142 point career at the top. Speaking of scoring marks, Margaret McCloud is just 10 points away from her 500th career point. The junior has started two games this season after coming off the bench the first two years of her career. McCloud scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds at Kansas on Sunday to record the 7th double-double of her career.
About Portland State
The Vikings fell to Seattle on the road to start the season. They are without one of their top players to start the season after junior Alicia Carline suffered a hand injury diving for a loose ball in an exhibition game against George Fox. The 6’3″ center had 21 points and 10 rebounds at the time of her injury. Two players, Lariel Powell and Emily Easom, played 40 minutes in the first game of the season. Both players struggled from the field, but Powell dished out a career high seven assists. The Vikings only return two starters from last season and have six newcomers into the program. In the loss to Seattle, PSU was only able to score 16 points in the second half of play. The Vikings had three players score in double digits in the first game of the season. Portland State is directed by Sherri Murrell, who is in her eighth season.
Tipoff is set for 9:00pm CT. You can hear the game on Classic Hits 106.3 and kvht.com with pregame beginning at 8:30pm.
Next up: Tomorrow night the Coyotes will be in Seattle to play the Washington Huskies.