Nicole Seekamp scored a career-high 27 points and Polly Harrington had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead South Dakota to a 72-48 win against Utah Valley Saturday at the DakotaDome.
It was the second win in three games for the Coyotes (3-5) while the Wolverines (1-7) dropped their sixth in a row.
South Dakota head coach Amy Williams earned career win No. 100. She had 97 wins in five seasons at Rogers State before arriving in Vermillion this season.
Seekamp had 13 points at halftime and single-handedly out-scored Utah Valley 8-2 to begin the second half. South Dakota led 41-29 at the break and 58-37 near the midway point of the second half when Seekamp scored her 27th point. She finished 8-of-15 from the field and made four 3-pointers.
Harrington's physical presence inside helped give South Dakota a 47-36 edge on the boards. Freshman Margaret McCloud had a career-high 10 rebounds and finished one point shy of a double-double. Tia Hemiller, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard, added eight rebounds in 18 minutes off South Dakota's bench.
It was a frustrating night for reigning Great West Conference Player of the Year Sammie Jensen, who needed 17 shots to reach 10 points. She was Utah Valley's leading scorer. Tina Doughty added eight points off the Wolverines' bench.
Utah Valley entered the contest averaging 66 points per game, but shot 35 percent from the field (25-of-59) and was 2-of-11 from behind the arc. South Dakota made 10 three-pointers and was 18-of-26 from the free-throw line.
South Dakota senior point guard Juevol Myles made his first eight shots from the field in scoring a career-high 26 points in the Coyotes' 88-68 win against IUPUI Saturday night at the DakotaDome. It was Myles' third 20-point effort in his last four games.
John Hart, who transferred to IUPUI after earning a degree from Purdue University, scored a career-best 29 points, but couldn't prevent the Jaguars from falling to 0-2 in the Summit League. IUPUI (3-6, 0-2 Summit) has lost five of its last six overall.
Myles had 19 first-half points in pushing South Dakota (4-4, 1-1 Summit) to a 49-33 halftime lead. Myles was 7-for-7 from the field including two three-pointers and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. He made his first shot of the second half and missed for the first time on a 3-point try with 14 minutes to play.
USD forward Karim Rowson scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half and finished a rebound shy of a double-double. Trevor Gruis added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Coyotes.
Behind Myles, South Dakota shot 70 percent in the first half (17-of-24). The Coyotes maintained at least a 14-point lead throughout the second half. South Dakota won the battle of the boards 42-27 and made more free throws (28) than the Jaguars attempted (7).
The Coyotes went 3-1 during their first home stand of the season. South Dakota hits the road next week for games against Iowa of the Big Ten Tuesday and Ball State Saturday.
Courtesy: USD Athletics