DES MOINES, Iowa – Four Coyotes scored 10 points or more as the South Dakota women's basketball team grabbed a 74-69 win over the Drake Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon.
It was the first win of the young season for the Coyotes (1-1), and the first win for Amy Williams as head coach at South Dakota.
Nicole Seekamp (Renmark, Australia) led the Coyotes in scoring for the second straight game by scoring 18 points. Alexis Yackley (Onida, S.D.) had 12 points, Tempestt Wilson (Elk River, Minn.) recorded 11 points, and Polly Harrington (Kansas City, Mo.) added 10 points to the offensive effort.
The Coyotes shot 48.5 percent (16-for-33) in the first half and led 41-37 a half. Seekamp had 10 first half points and Yackley scored seven. Seekamp also dished out four assists and Yackley had three of her four steals in the first half.
South Dakota led by as many as 16 points in the second half. Drake (0-1) cut the lead down to its final margin with an 18-7 run over the final 5:45.
Harrington and Margaret McCloud (Rapid City, S.D.) led South Dakota in rebounding with eight apiece. McCloud also added eight points in 14 minutes of play. Overall, South Dakota held an edge in rebounds, 49-44.
The defense made things difficult for Drake's best returning offensive player, Kyndal Clark. Clark, who averaged 9.8 points per game last season, shot 5-21 on Sunday. She converted 10 of 11 free throws to reach 21 points. Morgan Reid grabbed the most rebounds for Drake with 13.
South Dakota will next play Northern Iowa (0-1) at the McLoed Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Thursday at noon.