Coyotes move up to No. 17 in USA Today Coaches Poll

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) —South Dakota women’s basketball moved up one spot to No. 17 in the USA Today Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll announced Tuesday.

No. 17 South Dakota (21-2, 10-0 Summit) has the nation’s ninth-longest winning streak at 10 games.

The Coyotes’ undefeated start to league play includes defeating Summit foes by nearly 35 points per game. USD’s defense has kept six of its 10 Summit foes to fewer than 50 points in the game.

Senior guard Ciara Duffy, named a semifinalist for Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year on Tuesday, paces the Coyotes with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists per game. She scored a career high 31 points at Denver on Sunday to earn Summit Player of the Week honors. Junior center Hannah Sjerven and junior guard Chloe Lamb join her in doudble-figures.

This marks South Dakota’s 10th-straight week in the USA Today Coaches Poll. It marks the second-longest streak in the coaches poll by a Summit team (South Dakota State, 14-straight weeks in 2008-09).

Announced yesterday, the Coyotes fell one spot to No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25. South Dakota has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for six weeks this season, including the last five consecutive weeks.

South Dakota also ranks second in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll for the third consecutive week. This marks the 45th-straight week for the Coyotes in the mid-major poll. USD has ranked in the top-five for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.

No. 22/17 South Dakota wraps up its three-game road stretch at North Dakota on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Grand Forks.