USD women's basketball prepares to take on Clemson

The University of South Dakota Women's basketball team will face Clemson in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The #8 Coyotes and #9 Tigers will play Friday, March 22 at 6 p.m. CST in Starkville, Miss.

The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2.

This is the first time Clemson (19-12) and South Dakota (28-5) have played each other. The Tigers from the ACC are lead by Kobi Thornton and Simone Westbrook. Thornton (#44) is 6'2 and averages 14.6 points per game. Westbrook averages 13.5 points per game.

They shoot 35% as a team from three-point land. Westbrook along with Danielle Edwards and Aliyah Collier are who you can expect to take those shots.

On the Coyotes side, Rapid City native, Ciara Duffy leads the way in scoring. She is still recovering though from an injury that limited her play in the Summit League Championship game. Duffy averages 14.8 points per game. She also shoots 40% from behind the three-point line. Allison Arens averages 12 points per game. She is even a bigger threat from three at 44%.

Hannah Sjerven is a huge threat for the Coyotes, and it has shown in her last couple games. She averages 11.7 points per game and was the Summit League's Sixth Woman of the Year.

The winner of this game will go on play the winner of Southern University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Mississippi State.