WBB: Five straight in the Dome

Al McGuire Center at Marquette University. South Dakota earned a 69-65 win over the Big East Golden Eagles on Sunday.

Al McGuire Center at Marquette University. South Dakota earned a 69-65 win over the Big East Golden Eagles on Sunday.

It’s been a little while since I shared some thoughts on South Dakota women’s basketball. If you haven’t been paying attention the Coyotes have won two straight and are 4-2 on the season after a win over Marquette on Sunday. Any time a mid-major can get a win over a bigger conference opponent you really appreciate the effort. Marquette, of course from the Big East Conference, is that win for the Coyotes. After letting Kansas slip away and watching Washington’s offense come alive this was the last chance – until the postseason – to get this type of win. And they did.

Home Sweet Dome
The Coyote women have had one game at home inside DakotaDome this season. It was a 96-52 win over UC-Irvine the Monday before Thanksgiving. That’s right, five of the first six games on the road. Part of the reason, as we know, is because of the setup and overlap with football. That won’t be a problem once the new arena is completed.

South Dakota will play it’s next five and every game before the Christmas holiday in the

South Dakota and UC Irvine warm up before a game on Nov. 24. USD won the game 96-52.

South Dakota and UC Irvine warm up before a game on Nov. 24. USD won the game 96-52.

Dome. It starts on Thursday against Northern Iowa, who has struggled lately. On Saturday the Coyotes will host Cal State Fullerton, who USD beat last year despite 25 turnovers in the game. On December 9 the women will welcome Valparaiso to the Dome. The Coyotes went to Valpo last season and escaped with a win despite missing key players due to injury. The home stand continues on Dec. 18 when the Coyotes host University of St. Mary, an NAIA school from Leavenworth, Kan. The final home game of the stretch welcomes North Dakota, an NCAA tournament team last season, to the Dome on Dec. 21.

Ranking Watch
CollegeInsider.com issues a mid-major poll every week. The men’s poll is released on Mondays, while the women’s poll rolls out on Tuesday. South Dakota has been mentioned in the receiving votes poll since the start of the year. The Coyotes are slowly gaining more attention and this week received 29 votes, up 14 from last week. If you count it out the Coyotes are essentially 33rd. 

Three future opponents are ranked in the Top 25 poll including No. 24 North Dakota, No. 5 Chattanooga and in-state rival South Dakota State at No. 13. USD will play UND and Chattanooga in December and will have the first of two meetings with the Jackrabbits in the Dome on Jan. 17. Click here to see entire poll.

How about the opponents?
Do you ever wonder how the Coyote opponents are doing throughout the season, whether you have already played them or will in the future? Here are South Dakota’s opponents and their records, as of Dec. 2, listed in schedule order. Conference opponents, of course, will be played twice.

Drake 3-3 – winners of 3 straight
Kansas 5-2
Portland State 0-5
Washington 5-1 – winners of 5 straight
UC Irvine 1-6
Marquette 2-5
Northern Iowa 1-4
Cal State Fullerton 2-4
Valparaiso 3-3
University of St. Mary (Kan.) 1-6
North Dakota 6-1
UTSA 4-2
Chattanooga 4-3
Omaha 3-3
Oral Roberts 4-4
Western Illinois 3-3
North Dakota State 3-3
South Dakota State 4-2
Fort Wayne 2-4
Denver 0-5
Opponent record: 58-73

Come out to the Dome and watch the women during their home-stand. It’s a really good basketball team and is certainly fun to watch. If you can’t make it the games can always be heard on either Classic Hits 106.3 or ESPN 1570 (if conflict with men) in the Yankton and Vermillion area. Broadcast information is always available at GoYotes.com.

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