South Dakota steady at No. 21 in USA Today Coaches Poll

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) —South Dakota women’s basketball holds steady at No. 21 for the second-straight week in the USA Today Coaches Poll. It marks the highest ranking the Coyotes have earned in either poll.

The Coyotes (11-1) cracked the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time this season on Monday with a ranking of No. 25. South Dakota is now in its third week of being ranked by the coaches’ poll.

South Dakota also continues its 38-week streak in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll, ranking third for the third-straight week.

South Dakota is coming off a 96-64 win over Montana on Sunday. The Coyotes knocked down 15 3-pointers in the game while shooting 58.5 percent from the floor. Senior guard Ciara Duffy scored 23 points and tallied a career-high nine assists in the game. Junior center Hannah Sjerven’s stat line included 18 points, seven boards and five blocks.

This becomes the fourth Summit League team to be ranked in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll in the same season. Others include Northern Illinois (1993-94), South Dakota State (2008-09) and South Dakota (2018-19).

The stage is set for a top-25 matchup next Sunday in Columbia. No. 25/21 South Dakota will face No. 5/6 South Carolina with tip-off scheduled for 11 a.m. (CT).