A week after a disappointing loss to South Dakota State in the Summit League Tournament championship game, USD celebrated an NCAA berth, which put the sting behind them.
"We obviously had the goal to win the conference tournament. That didn't pan out like we were hoping, and so now making the NCAA Tournament on an at-large bid kind of gives us a chance to make a new ending for our season." says Ciara Duffy.
The 8th seed Coyotes will play 9th seed Clemson in Starkville Mississippi. The Coyotes tough schedule, which included two wins over top 25 schools, will help them against the ACC Tigers.
"The way that they prepared us and the scheduled has prepared us, we hope that we've been prepared well enough. That this will be another small bump in the road that we get over." says Chloe Lamb.
"Ultimately our challenge was to put together a schedule that in time would help us prepare for an at-large bid. Didn't know that it would happen in this first year of doing that but very thankful that it did. But in doing so our players have played against some great competition during the course of this season." says head coach Dawn Plitzuweit.
USD has only one senior in Allison Arens. The Crofton Nebraska native is winding down a great career, where she wanted to be.
"Gosh we came so close all three years that I was here. And it's kind of a dream come true. I'm very fortunate to play with this group of girls, these coaches, it's quite and honor." says Allison Arens.
"This is something that's really really special for all of our young ladies. But to be a senior and have this happen in your senior season is something you could write a book about, this is kind of a fairy tale ending. We hope we go on the road and play the best of our ability and see what happens." says Plitzuweit.