South Dakota prevailed over No. 1 seed Minnesota, 101-89, in the WNIT second round Sunday.
The Coyotes took on Minnesota and star guard Rachel Banham at the Gophers’ house. After trailing 19-26 after the first quarter, South Dakota took a two-point lead into the half, and outscored Minnesota 25-15 in the third quarter.
Both teams shot exceptionally. The Coyotes shot 46 percent from the field, including shooting 13 for 32 from three (41 percent); South Dakota was also 10 for 11 from the free throw line. They were led in scoring by senior Kelly Stewart with 19, Summit League Player of the Year Nicole Seekamp followed with 18, Caitlin Duffy put up 17, and Kate Liveringhouse and Jasmine Trimboli each had 14.
Minnesota was led by Banham’s 37 points. She had scored 48 points in the Gophers’ first-round game. Minnesota shot 40 percent from the floor and were 18 of 20 from the free throw line. They were outrebounded by the Coyotes by four, and committed three more turnovers than South Dakota.
The Coyotes move on to round three, and will host Northern Iowa Thursday night. The two teams met earlier in the season, when the Panthers won, 64-43. The Coyotes were without the play of Nicole Seekamp in that match up.
Other scores today:
Temple 64, Quinnipiac 62
Ohio 64, Virginia Tech 57
Virginia 71, Rutgers 55