SDSU, Nebraska on USD women�s schedule

SDSU, Nebraska on USD women��?s schedule Ryun Williams, head coach of The University of South Dakota women's basketball team, has announced the team's 2009-10 schedule. The Coyotes will play 12 home games and cap off the season playing in the Great West Conference Tournament in Orem, UT on Mar. 10-13. "We are very excited about this season's schedule," said Williams. "We feel it will provide challenges as well as a great opportunity to grow in preparation for the Great West regular season." The opening game of the season will be held in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Falls Arena against Division I opponent Wisconsin Green Bay, which finished last season with a record of 29-4 and 18-0 in the Horizon League. The Phoenix had a 21-game winning streak and qualified for the NCAA tournament where the Phoenix fell in the first round to LSU by 10 points. USD will be facing 25 NCAA Division I opponents in the 2009-10 season, with eight of those games being played in the DakotaDome. Highlighting the home games will be match-ups against Seattle University, North Dakota, and Utah Valley. USD will take on Seattle on Jan. 10 in the DakotaDome. Seattle posted a record of 20-9 last season and earned three wins against the Coyotes. USD will look for revenge as the Coyotes lost three close battles by a combined 18 points. The Coyotes' next home contest will be against North Dakota on Jan. 16. UND finished 18-11 last season and defeated USD twice during this past season. Another good match-up at the DakotaDome will be on Feb. 18 against Utah Valley University who finished 17-10 overall last season. It will mark the first time USD and UVU have met in women's basketball. The road games are highlighted with contests against the University of Nebraska, University of Northern Iowa, Colorado State, Iowa State and in-state rival South Dakota State University. South Dakota will play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Dec. 3 in Lincoln, NE. The Huskers finished last season with a 15-16 overall record and a 6-10 record in the Big 12 Conference. Nebraska made its sixth consecutive post-season tournament appearance as it advanced to the second round of the WNIT. On Dec. 13 USD will face the University of Northern Iowa, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference who finished 11-19 overall in 2008-09. Last season, the Coyotes earned their first Division I win since making the jump to Division I over UNI in a 76-67 defeat over the Panthers in the DakotaDome. USD will face Colorado State for the second straight year as the Coyotes nearly pulled off a victory against the Rams last season, falling by a score of 56-55. USD and Colorado State, a member of the Mountain West Conference, will meet on Jan. 2 in Fort Collins, CO. On Jan. 5 the Coyotes will take on Iowa State in Ames, IA. It will be a tough atmosphere for the Yotes as ISU ranked third in national attendance last season averaging 9,754 fans per game. The Cyclones posted a 27-9 record last season and were 15-1 on their home court. Iowa State made it to the NCAA Division I Elite Eight last season. Former ISU player, Alexis Yackley is transferring to USD and will be eligible to play in the 2010-11 season for the Coyotes. The Coyotes will face their long-time in-state rival, South Dakota State University on Feb. 15 at Frost Arena in Brookings. This game will mark the first game between the two rival schools since SDSU started its Division I transition in 2004. The SDSU women will be coming off a historic year as they made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament and finished with an overall record of 32-3 while being ranked as high as 15th in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll. SDSU won its second consecutive Summit League regular season title and claimed the league's postseason tournament title. In 2009-10, USD will be entering is second season in the transition to Division I. The Coyotes finished last season with an overall record of 18-11 and capped off the season with an exciting battle against the University of North Carolina where the Coyotes almost defeated the No. 11 ranked Tar Heels but fell just short in a 75-69 final.

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