Coyotes to play at Paradise Jam

VERMILLION, S.D. ( —South Dakota women’s basketball will be one of eight teams to play in the 2021 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Nov. 25-27. The tournament field includes Arizona (Pac-12), DePaul (Big East), Northwestern (Big Ten), Pittsburgh (ACC), Rutgers (Big Ten), South Dakota (Summit), Texas A&M (SEC) and Vanderbilt (SEC).

South Dakota makes its debut at the Paradise Jam, one of the premier women’s basketball tournaments in its 22nd year. The Coyotes have 13 returners in 2021-22, including all five starters, from this past season’s NCAA Tournament squad.

The Paradise Jam returns to the Virgin Islands after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 tournament. The games will be played at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas. The field will be split into two divisions of four teams, guaranteeing each team three games.

The field includes five NCAA Tournament teams, highlighted by the national runner-up Arizona Wildcats. The other four NCAA squads are Northwestern, Rutgers, South Dakota and Texas A&M.

All tournament games will be streamed live on ESPN3 or ESPN+. The full tournament schedule will be announced at a later date.

More information on fan packages will be announced at a later date. For updates on the tournament, visit