USD Women Outscore Valpo

USD Women Outscore Valpo

Raeshel Contreras’ 19 points and Tia Hemiller’s 16 points led six Coyotes to score eight or more points as the South Dakota women’s basketball team topped the Valparaiso Crusaders 81-70 on Tuesday.

South Dakota (8-6) shot 58 percent (32-of-55) from the field, 44 percent from 3-point range (8-of-18) and had all players who recorded playing time score. With the win, the Coyotes snapped a five-game road losing streak against Division I opponents and now have scored 80 or more points in five of their last seven games.

Polly Harrington recorded 11 points and led USD with six rebounds while freshman guard Jaylah Jackson was 4-for-5 shooting for a career-high nine points. Margaret McCloud and Lisa Loeffler both added eight points.

Jessica Wiedemann led the Crusaders (2-10) with 17 points and seven rebounds.  Abby Dean added 15 points, Charae Richardson tallied 13 points and Jessica Carr added 12 points for Valparaiso’s double-digit scorers.

South Dakota played without leading scorer Nicole Seekamp, who sat out with an ankle injury.  Seekamp has averaged 15 points and four rebounds per game this season.

The Coyotes held a 24-4 edge in bench points and outscored Valparaiso 34-22 in the paint. South Dakota led by as many as 15 in the second half and never trailed after taking a 24-22 lead off a Taylor Moore 3-pointer with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

South Dakota shot 55 percent (16-of-29) from the field and 63 percent (7-of-11) from beyond the 3-point arc in the first half to hold a 43-36 lead at the break.  Valparaiso shot 52 percent (13-of-25) in the first half.

South Dakota will wrap up its non-conference season by hosting Cleveland State at the DakotaDome on Saturday at 2 p.m.


Recent Headlines

in Local

Typical Shopping Year in Iowa

Shopping Bags 1

An Iowa State University economist says the signs are pointing to an average holiday season for retailers this year.

in Black Friday, National

WATCH: How holiday shopping can help charities


In the frenzy of holiday shopping, consumers are doing more than getting great deals, they’re also using coupons to help raise money for a number of worthy causes.

in Black Friday, National

Thanksgiving getaway: Cheap gas, high security


Millions of Americans embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels on Wednesday, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris attacks.

in Agriculture

Farm Bureau Survey Shows Thanksgiving Meal Cost Up

farm bureau logo

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 30th. annual price survey found the average cost of Thanksgiving Day dinner is up slightly…

in Local

SD Blue Ribbon Task Force Differences

blue ribbon clip art approved

While the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education has been delivered to Governor Dennis Daugaard, details of the legislative plan associated with it are still being worked on.