The Coyote road trip continues in Omaha

The game

South Dakota visits Omaha for a game at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.

Fans can tune in to the game on the Coyote Sports Network with Carter Woodiel, broadcast on KVHT 106.3 FM in Yankton/Vermillion or by using The Varsity Network app. A live stream of the game is available on OMavs.com.

Coyotes

South Dakota (13-4, 6-0) has the fourth-longest winning streak in the nation at 11 games. The Coyotes got off to a 45-5 start Thursday night in Denver with an impressive opening 15 minutes of basketball. Four Coyotes hit double digits with Chloe Lamb, Hannah Sjerven and Maddie Krull all scoring 14 points. Grace Larkin chipped in 12. Lamb, Sjerven and Liv Korngable all double-digit averages to pace the Coyote‘s offense. South Dakota’s defense is holding Summit opponents to a league-best 48 points per game.

The Mavericks

Omaha (6-10, 2-5) is playing its third straight home game of the week, dropping games at Kansas City (Monday) and South Dakota State (Thursday) earlier in the week. The Mavericks are led by center Elena Pilakouta’s 11.6 points per game at a 54% clip. Mariah Murdie is also averaging double digits at 11.1 points per game. Murdie ranks in the Summit’s top 10 in rebounds (7.2) and blocks (1.4) per game. Freshman Grace Cave has gone strong in league play, averaging 10.3 points per game in seven games. Omaha’s defense is fourth in the league behind the two schools in South Dakota and St. Thomas. The Mavericks have forced the second-most turnovers this season behind the Coyotes.

The series

South Dakota leads the all-time series 50-35, including 18 of 20 meetings at the NCAA Division I level. Coach Dawn PlitzuweitUSD’s 100th win was the last time these teams met in the regular season (January 29, 2020). COVID-19 canceled the regular-season series last year, but Omaha’s Cinderella run to the Summit League tournament title game as the No. 8 seed gave the Coyotes some insight of the Mavericks under first-year head coach Carrie Banks. USD won 66-43 to reclaim their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

One last thing

The USD career charts were moving and shaking on Thursday night. Lamb moved up to sixth in career points and third in career 3-pointers. Sjerven moved up to sixth place in rebounds.


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