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USD WBB team is visiting Australia

SD PawPrint_2C_whiteThe University of South Dakota women’s basketball team left Sunday for Australia. It’s a bonding trip with some basketball mixed in. The girls will play three games in Australia and get the chance to do some exploring as well. Fortunately for the team they have native Australian Jasmine Trimboli to help show the way. I had the chance to catch up with Trimboli, Caitlin Duffy and head coach Dawn Plitzuweit to talk about the trip before they departed.

See the itinerary here.

South Dakota head women’s basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit talks about the transition do USD and Vermillion and also about the excitement of going to Australia with the team.

Senior Caitlin Duffy is excited for a once in a lifetime opportunity that will also be a basketball trip with teammates.

Jasmine Trimboli gets the chance to return to her home country and play basketball in front of family and friends. She will also help show her USD teammates a new culture.

The USD women’s basketball team will open the upcoming season on Nov. 11 at the Sanford Pentagon against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tickets for the game will go on sale in October.

 

WNIT Director talks about selection

Every team has a goal of reaching the NCAA tournament. It doesn’t matter if you get matched up against a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The feeling of being in the NCAA tournament for athletes and coaches is incredible. But not everyone gets into the tournament.

In women’s basketball 64 teams get the opportunity to play in the tournament. That teams more than 250 teams, many of which had a great season, on the outside looking in. That’s where other postseason opportunities come into play. For women’s basketball there are two more – Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) and Women’s Basketball Invitational (WBI). With 64 teams in the WNIT and 16 more in the WBI that gives an additional 80 teams a chance to play for a championship and 144 total teams in women’s postseason tournaments. Continue reading

Holly Johnson career at NDSU is over

Someone is going to pick up a talented player.

According to Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo Forum, Holly Johnson has played her last game for the Bison due to an injury. A foot injury has kept Johnson out of the lineup this season and apparently the injury has not healed enough for her to play this season. NDSU head coach Maren Walseth decided not to redshirt Johnson and move the program in a different direction.

Johnson has played every season for the Bison, including as a true freshman. Over the last two years she has averaged over 13 points and 6 rebounds per game. Johnson played in 87 games for the Bison and started all 59 over the last two years.

Johnson will be able to use the graduate transfer rule, since she will graduate from NDSU, and be immediately eligible next season.

In her career against South Dakota, Johnson has averaged 12 points and six rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. Johnson’s best game against the Coyotes was in 2014 when she scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. In that game USD rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Bison in overtime, 95-87. Oddly enough, in the only win for the Bison over USD in her career Johnson was held scoreless in a 2013 game.

With the ability to play right away Johnson can be a big addition to a team that needs immediate help on the inside.

Holly Johnson career against USD (regular season)

DATE               RESULT         PTS        REB          MIN
2/8/2015        L 83-79             8             6               33
1/15/2015       L 84-69           14            10             33
2/27/2014     L 95-87 OT       31            8               37
1/30/2014      L 83-70            13             5               24
2/2/2013        W 57-50            0             3               16
1/3/2013         L  73-52            6              6               22

WBB: Do you follow bracketology?

SD PawPrint_2C_whiteThere is usually a large following for men’s basketball bracketology as the season gets closer to the end. And I think women’s basketball following is certainly growing. How early do you start watching the bracket predictions? Do the predictions matter to you at all? Obviously none of the predictions mean that is what will happen at the end of the season or have any bearing on the selection committee decisions, but it’s still fun to follow. Especially if you have a horse in the race.

Brecketologists pretty much look at how teams are currently doing and then decide who is better of their seed groupings and start to put the bracket together. For most mid-major conferences they look at who the current team is at the top of the standings and put them into the projection. That is how we find South Dakota in the women’s basketball bracketology.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

WBB: Contreras named player of the week

Picture from Goyotes.com

Picture from Goyotes.com

It’s always good to see one of the players your cover get recognized for a nice performance. Today the Summit League announced South Dakota senior guard Raeshel Contreras as player of the week for her performance on opening weekend. Contreras led South Dakota in scoring in an 83-78 win over Drake Friday night with 24 points, and, perhaps more importantly, she also grabbed nine rebounds. Sunday she got off to a slower start, but finished the game with 17 points in a 68-60 loss at Kansas. She also connected on another late three-pointer to pull South Dakota within three points in the final couple of minutes.  Continue reading

PREVIEW: South Dakota WBB set to open season tonight against Drake

SD PawPrint_2C_whiteIt’s been 237 days (but really, who’s counting) since the South Dakota women’s basketball team saw their season end in the NCAA tournament – the school’s first as a DI program – at the hands of Stanford, who eventually made it to the Final Four.

Tonight the Coyote women will tip off their season at Drake. It’s the second time in three seasons the two teams have opened the season  at Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA. It’s the third straight season the teams have played. Two years ago the Coyotes edged Drake on the road 74-69. Last season the Bulldogs were victorious in overtime 89-81 in a game played at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.  Continue reading