Contreras Helping Her Coyotes Succeed
Before Raeshel Contreras came to Vermillion, this was all the California native knew about South Dakota.
“Never even seen snow. Personally, I thought it snowed, like, every day throughout the year!” Contreras says.
“I do remember on her visit it was, like, pouring down with snow and I was like, ‘oh god, I hope she commits’!” USD Senior Forward Nicole Seekamp says.
“I actually liked it and I was, like, how cool would it be to experience a winter.” Contreras says.
Since joining the Coyotes last season, this is something USD fans have become used to.
“I mean yeah, it was a dream. You know, I kind of just threw it up and prayed and it went in.” Contreras says.
Raeshel’s game winner in the Summit League Quarterfinals was the signature moment in USD’s first ever trip to the N-C-Double-A Tournament, and the spark for her senior season.
“I think now that she just hit that shot she’s got that little bit more confidence. She knows she can do it so she just has to go out there and do it.” Seekamp says.
This year Contreras is the team’s leading scorer with nearly 18 points a game and is equally as dangerous on the defensive end, leading the Coyotes with 26 steals.
“She’s really made a commitment to be a better defensive player his year. And so that’s been a huge impact. It really influences the rest of our team. She has that capabilities of really leading our team, and they follow her.” USD Head Coach Amy Williams says.
Doing anything to win is typical for Raeshel, after all, it’s all she’s known since coming to South Dakota.
“I just wanted to play my role. When I have open shots take them. When I have to make plays, make the plays.” Contreras says.