South Dakota departs at the first stop on the St. Louis road route


The game

South Dakota embarks on its longest road trip of the season. The first stop is St. Louis, where the Coyotes will take on St. Louis at 3:00 p.m. The game can be viewed on ESPN+. Fans can also listen to the game on Coyote Sports Network with Carter Woodiel, which will be broadcast on KVHT 106.3 FM in Yankton/Vermillion. The radio show will also be available for free on The Varsity Network app.

The coyotes

South Dakota celebrated a home win over Bellevue last Wednesday that saw all 11 players enter the scoring charts. Senior Handover Madison Grange, who had 16 points in a Coyote win over Bradley last Sunday, led all scorers with 20 points. Redshirt newbie Carley Duffney added a season-high in her third collegiate game with 14 points from the bench.

As a squad, the Coyotes shoot 45 percent from deep and fired a program-record 19 three-pointers in the season opener against Midland. Last time Grange did all four threes she took. Red shirt sophomore Alexi Hanpe has made his mark as a starter this season, averaging 13 points per game.

Grace Larkins, the reigning Summit League Sixth Woman of the Year, shines in the starting XI this season. She led the Coyotes in points (15.3 ppg), rebounds (7.0 rpg), assists (5.5 apg), and steals (3.0 ppg) for the first two weeks.

 

The Billikens

Saint Louis starts the season 1-4 after rallying short in the second half against Green Bay on Friday night. Senior Kyla McMakin has 31 points in two of SLU’s five games this season, including a nearly double performance against Green Bay on Friday with nine rebounds. Graduate student Camree Clegg is perfect from the free throw line this season (14-14). At the start of the weekend, only Abby Prohaska (San Diego State) has made more of the NCAA without a miss (16-16).

The series

Sunday marks the first matchup between the Coyotes and the Billikens. South Dakota is the second of six teams in the 2021-22 NCAA tournament that Saint Louis will face this season.

One last thing

The Coyotes are No. 23 in the preseason Mid Major Top 25, having topped the poll last year and ranked 24th in the final Coaches Poll. South Dakota heads to Las Vegas November 25-26 for the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.

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