VERMILLION, S.D.—A day after entering the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history, South Dakota women’s basketball has entered the USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 25 as well. The Coyotes had received votes for nine of the past 10 weeks.
This marks South Dakota’s first time being ranked since the 2007-08 season. In their final season of NCAA Division II, the Coyotes went 33-2 en route to finishing as NCAA Division II Runners-Up. South Dakota was ranked second in the USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Top-25 poll at the end of the season.
South Dakota boasts a 22-3 record this season in the midst of the program’s best NCAA Division I season to date.
The Coyotes have two top-25 wins on their resume, knocking off No. 23/22 Iowa State, 64-59, inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center back in November. USD also topped No. 22/24 Missouri, 74-61, on the road in Columbia on Dec. 15.
The polls’ announcement comes on the heels of regular season sweeps of Omaha and Oral Roberts. South Dakota put on a show Wednesday night, holding Omaha scoreless in the first quarter (29-0) en route to a 78-33 victory. The Coyotes followed that up by rallying from a double-digit deficit to defeat Oral Roberts 75-64 with a 17-2 run to end the game.
South Dakota travels to Western Illinois for its lone game of the week on Saturday, before returning home to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for three of their final four regular season games. Tickets can be purchased on GoYotes.com.