South Dakota Coyotes

Pack Mentality Keeping Crofton’s Arens Sisters Together At USD

Third Arens Sister To Join Coyotes Next Year

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  It’s the first thing that comes to mind when you watch Bridget and Allison Arens play for the Coyote women’s basketball team. “They’re tough. Both of them. Maybe in a little different ways but just physically, mentally, just really tough kids that take care of business.” USD Women’s Basketball Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit says. And it came…

From Fisher Price To National Stage For Jamming Tyler Flack

Coyote Senior To Compete in Slam Dunk Contest On ESPN

VERMILLION, S.D.  — When healthy, Coyote men’s basketball forward Tyler Flack proved himself to be one of the most spectacular dunkers the state has ever seen. Tonight he can prove he’s one of the best in the country. Tyler will be one of eight players competing in the 29th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Contest at Grand Canyon…

For Better (Or Worse) Social Media Fans Coaching Carousel Flames At USD & SDSU

Craig Smith Contract Latest Example Of Social Media's Impact

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  Yesterday USD athletic director David Herbster went in depth with us about what happened to keep men’s basketball coach Craig Smith at USD after Drake had offered him their job. A process which played out, for better and worse, on social media. It went pretty wild on Wednesday night with some reports suggesting that Smith had even…

USD’s Nilsen Is Summit Indoor Field Athlete Of The Year

Freshman Captured Summit League & National Pole Vault Championships

ELMHURST, Ill.–South Dakota freshman Chris Nilsen has been voted the 2017 Summit League Men’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year by the league’s head coaches as announced by the league office Friday.   Nilsen captured South Dakota’s second Division I national title by winning the pole vault at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a clearance of 18 feet, 8 ¼…

New Mexico’s Hannah Sjerven Transferring To USD

Will Have Three Years Of Eligibility Beginning In 2018-19

VERMILLION, S.D.–South Dakota women’s basketball head coach Dawn Plitzuweit has announced that Hannah Sjerven (SURE-vin) will transfer from New Mexico to South Dakota and will be eligible to compete for the Coyotes during the 2018-19 season. She will have three years of eligibility remaining.   “We are excited to welcome Hannah into our Coyote family,” said Plitzuweit. “Hannah is a…

Wild 24 Hours Ends With Herbster Bringing Smith Back To USD

Coyote Coach Gets New Three Year Deal

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  One year after Amy Williams left to take over the Nebraska women’s basketball team, the Division One coaching carousel took the University of South Dakota on another spin. This time, the Coyotes got off the ride with their leader still on board. After being offered the head coaching position at Drake, with some on social media claiming…

WNIT: Iowa Ends USD’s Reign

Defending WNIT Champion Coyotes Dethroned By Hawkeyes 78-73

IOWA CITY, IA  —  South Dakota’s reign as WNIT Champions is over. It ends in the same place where the USD men’s basketball squad saw their NIT and season end-Iowa City and Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Tied after three quarters, Iowa pulled ahead in the final period to defeat South Dakota 78-73 in the second round of the WNIT on Saturday afternoon….

Comfortable Coyotes Open Spring Ball Targeting Playoffs

Second Year Under Head Coach Bob Nielson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  The South Dakota Coyotes football team began spring camp in Sioux Falls at the Sanford Fieldhouse. Though they went 4-7 last year, USD lost five of those games by 7 points or less.  With many players returning including all-conference quarterback Chris Streveler, USD feels ready to make the jump into the playoffs. And they also feel…

WNIT: Coyotes Crush North Dakota

Defending WNIT Champs Roll 78-55 & Will Go To Iowa Saturday

VERMILLION, S.D.–South Dakota sophomore guard Allison Arens recorded her 13th 20-point game this season to lead the Coyotes past North Dakota 78-55 in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Thursday.   South Dakota (23-8, 11-5 Summit League) travels to Iowa (18-13) for the second round of the WNIT. The game…

Coyotes Will Face Iowa In The NIT

Will Play On National TV Wednesday Night

VERMILLION, S.D.—University of South Dakota’s men’s basketball team will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) at 6 p.m. Wednesday from Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.   South Dakota (22-11) earned an automatic bid to its first NIT by winning the Summit…

Coyotes Await Their NIT Fate

USD Guaranteed Bid In First D1 Postseason Tournament

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  For all the celebration in Brookings over making the NCAA Tournament, there’s been just as much heartbreak in Vermillion. After losing to SDSU 74-71 in the semifinals of the Summit League Tournament, USD knew their NCAA Tournament dreams had been dashed.  However, by virtue of winning the Summit League regular season title, the Coyotes do have an…

USD’s Chris Nilsen Wins NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Championship

Coyote Freshman Clears 18 Feet, 8 And A Quarter Inches

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—South Dakota freshman pole vaulter Chris Nilsen captured a national title with a clearance of 18 feet, 8 1/4 inches, at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Gilliam Indoor Stadium. Nilsen, a freshman from Kansas City, Mo., becomes South Dakota’s second NCAA Division I champion, joining alumna Bethany (Buell) Firsick who won the outdoor pole vault in 2013. Nilsen…

Summit League Tournament Semifinal Photo Gallery

Check Out Photos From SDSU and USD's Summit League Semifinal Games Monday!

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Summit League Tournament Quarterfinal Photo Gallery

Pictures From USD and SDSU Tournament Quarterfinal Games

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SUMMIT LEAGUE-Omaha Stuns USD To End Coyotes Championship Streak

UNO Wins 64-58 To Hand Coyote Women First Non-Championship Game Summit League Tournament Loss

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–Omaha forward Mikaela Shaw scored 25 points to lead the Mavericks to a 64-58 upset of South Dakota in the quarterfinal of the Summit League Tournament inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center on Sunday afternoon.   It’s the first time in five years that South Dakota (22-8) will not compete in the Summit League Tournament final. Omaha (16-14)…

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE! Coyotes Pull Out Overtime Victory Over Western Illinois In Summit Opener

USD Wins 78-69 In Overtime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Top-seeded South Dakota outscored Western Illinois 10-1 in overtime to earn a 78-69 win Saturday at the Sanford PREMIER Center in the first game of the Summit League Tournament. The Coyotes (22-10), winners of seven in a row, advanced to the semifinals for the second time in the last three seasons. They will play again at 6 p.m….

Being Counted Out Fuels Coyote Men

Summit League Regular Season Champs Open Tourney Tomorrow

VERMILLION, S.D.  —  We are less than 24 hours away from the start of the Summit League Tournament which, you’d think, top men’s seed South Dakota would be favored to win.  USD opens tomorrow at 6 against Western Illinois. Of course nobody picked the Coyotes to be in this position at the start of the season.  The team picked 7th…

USD’s Craig Smith Is Summit League Coach Of The Year

Postseason Honors For Coyote Men's & Women's Basketball

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  In advance of the Summit League Tournament beginning in two days on Saturday at the PREMIER Center, the Summit League’ s postseason honors were announced.  Below are the honorees for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at the University of South Dakota. MEN South Dakota men’s basketball has two first-team all-Summit League picks, three of the…

Coyotes Go From Seventh To The Peak Of The Summit

USD Men First Regular Season League Title

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  In the Summit League preseason poll the USD men’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh out of nine teams. Now, they stand alone at the Summit as champions. Their 92-85 win at IUPUI last night coupled with North Dakota State’s loss at Omaha gave the Coyotes their first outright Summit League title in program history….

Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket

Champion USD Plays Saturday, SDSU On Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.  —  Brackets for the Summit League Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls next Sunday are out and they could be setting South Dakota and South Dakota State on a semifinal collision course. USD won their first ever regular season Summit League championship outright and enters as the tournament’s top seed.  The…