Coyotes top Big East’s Seton Hall, 71-55

The University of South Dakota women's basketball dropped Seton Hall 71-55 behind Nicole Seekamp's 20 points and Heidi Hoff's 16 points to record the program's first win over a Big East program.

The win gave South Dakota third-place in the Pepperdine Holiday Tournament, and moved the Coyotes to 2-4.

Seekamp and Hoff both recorded career-high point totals, while Polly Harrington came up one point short of a double-double with 13 rebounds and nine points. Alexis Yackley recorded a season-high five assists, as well as six points and four rebounds.

USD's bench, led by Hoff, outscored the Pirate bench 33-3. Margaret McCloud also came off the bench to add seven points and four rebounds.

Despite losing, Seton Hall (2-4) had four players reach at least 10 points. Ka-Deidre Simmons had 14 points, Alexis Brown had 13 points, and Brittany Morris had 12 points. Alexandra Maseko had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Before Seton Hall, South Dakota had beaten only one school currently in the Big East. USD beat Notre Dame twice, topping the Irish 76-61 at home on Jan. 14, 1980, and again 67-60 at Notre Dame on Nov. 22, 1980.

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