Either Coyotes or Jackrabbits will have an old friend for a late lunch this afternoon.
Sully Buttes graduate and University of South Dakota senior point guard Alexis Yackley helped the Coyotes to the Summit League Women’s Basketball Championship. The Onida native had nine assists, four points and three rebounds as USD rolled past IUPUI 82-72 in Monday’s semifinals.
The Coyotes (17-14) will play rival South Dakota State (24-7) for the title on ESPNU at 2:30 this afternoon at the Sioux Falls Arena. The winner will advance to the NCAA Division I national tournament.
IUPUI led 31-28 at halftime. However, the Coyotes scored 54 second-half points on 77 percent shooting from the field en route to the win.
Nicole Seekamp keyed a balanced USD attack with 27 points, 23 of them coming in a second half in which she made 8 of 9 shots from the field, including all three of her 3-point attempts. Tempestt Wilson scored 14 points, Polly Harrington had 11 and Lisa Loeffler added 10.
IUPUI's Kerah Nelson scored a game-high 32 points and grabbed six rebounds. Her partner in the low post, Nevena Markovic, chipped in 13 points as the Jaguars outscored USD 34-22 in the paint and held a 15-5 advantage on second chance points.
The Coyotes used a 29-13 run to turn a 44-39 deficit into a 68-57 advantage with 4:14 remaining in the contest and maintained that margin for the majority of the remainder of the game. The team hit all four of its 3-point attempts in the second-half and had seven triples overall.
Sam Mehr came off the bench to hit three treys and also had team-highs in steals (3) and blocked shots (2).
USD outrebounded IUPUI 33-26, although the Jaguars held a 14-7 advantage on the offensive glass. Margaret McCloud topped USD with six boards while also contributing seven points and a steal.