South Dakota head men’s basketball coach Todd Lee’s postgame conversation on the Coyote Sports Network after the Coyotes fell to High point 60-56. South Dakota will play Air Force Sunday afternoon at 2:30pm CT.
Someone is going to pick up a talented player.
According to Jeff Kolpack of the Fargo Forum, Holly Johnson has played her last game for the Bison due to an injury. A foot injury has kept Johnson out of the lineup this season and apparently the injury has not healed enough for her to play this season. NDSU head coach Maren Walseth decided not to redshirt Johnson and move the program in a different direction.
Johnson has played every season for the Bison, including as a true freshman. Over the last two years she has averaged over 13 points and 6 rebounds per game. Johnson played in 87 games for the Bison and started all 59 over the last two years.
Johnson will be able to use the graduate transfer rule, since she will graduate from NDSU, and be immediately eligible next season.
In her career against South Dakota, Johnson has averaged 12 points and six rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game. Johnson’s best game against the Coyotes was in 2014 when she scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds. In that game USD rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Bison in overtime, 95-87. Oddly enough, in the only win for the Bison over USD in her career Johnson was held scoreless in a 2013 game.
With the ability to play right away Johnson can be a big addition to a team that needs immediate help on the inside.
Holly Johnson career against USD (regular season)
DATE RESULT PTS REB MIN
2/8/2015 L 83-79 8 6 33
1/15/2015 L 84-69 14 10 33
2/27/2014 L 95-87 OT 31 8 37
1/30/2014 L 83-70 13 5 24
2/2/2013 W 57-50 0 3 16
1/3/2013 L 73-52 6 6 22
For the longest time I have kept the position that officials do not decide games. Sometimes they make calls that certainly have an impact and when those calls happen late in a contest we, as fans, blame the officials for our team losing. In many of those instances you can argue that turnovers earlier in the game or poor shooting or whatever could have changed the outcome of the game. My argument has always been a game that has 40 or 60 minutes of game play does not get decided by a call that takes a couple of seconds. I realize some will not agree with that. Continue reading
Western Illinois star forward Ashley Luke is reportedly leaving the women’s basketball program for personal reasons.
WGEM Sports Director Ben Marth tweeted late Tuesday night about the departure..
Why would she leave? According to Marth she is getting married, though he suggests the decision is not final. Continue reading
There is usually a large following for men’s basketball bracketology as the season gets closer to the end. And I think women’s basketball following is certainly growing. How early do you start watching the bracket predictions? Do the predictions matter to you at all? Obviously none of the predictions mean that is what will happen at the end of the season or have any bearing on the selection committee decisions, but it’s still fun to follow. Especially if you have a horse in the race.
Brecketologists pretty much look at how teams are currently doing and then decide who is better of their seed groupings and start to put the bracket together. For most mid-major conferences they look at who the current team is at the top of the standings and put them into the projection. That is how we find South Dakota in the women’s basketball bracketology. Continue reading
The South Dakota women’s basketball team defeated in-state rival South Dakota State on Saturday, 82-78. The Jackrabbits were without leading scorer Megan Waytashek (14.1ppg), who missed the game due to illness. Raeshel Contreras led USD with a career-high 32 points. The senior is averaging 24 ppg over her last three and the Coyotes have won all three of those games. She has also led the team in scoring in eight of 18 contests this season.
The Coyotes are now at the top of the Summit League with a 4-1 mark in league games and 14-4 overall.
|North Dakota State||4-2||8-10|
|South Dakota State||3-3||12-7|
South Dakota is back on the road this week when they travel to Fort Wayne on Thursday and IUPUI on Saturday. Through 24 leagues games this season home teams are 19-5.
Watch highlights of Saturday’s win on GoYotes.com by clicking here.
After the game I joined Jay Elsen of Midco Sports to talk about the game.
After a 1-1 start to the season the South Dakota women’s basketball team will play two games on the west coast, starting with Portland State tonight. The Vikings are 0-1 after falling in their season-opener at Seattle. The two teams have only met one time in history with South Dakota earning a 87-71 win in Vermillion on Dec. 28, 1992. The Coyotes opened their season with a win at Drake before falling on the road at Kansas on Sunday.
About South Dakota
The Coyotes are led by Raeshel Contreras and Nicole Seekamp. The two seniors have each poured in a 20 point effort this season. Contreras, the Summit League player of the week, is averaging 20.5 points per game through two contests, while Seekamp is averaging 14. Seekamp needs just 18 points to join the 1,000 point club at South Dakota. Only 20 other players have reached the mark at South Dakota, with Mandy Koupal’s 2,142 point career at the top. Speaking of scoring marks, Margaret McCloud is just 10 points away from her 500th career point. The junior has started two games this season after coming off the bench the first two years of her career. McCloud scored 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds at Kansas on Sunday to record the 7th double-double of her career.
About Portland State
The Vikings fell to Seattle on the road to start the season. They are without one of their top players to start the season after junior Alicia Carline suffered a hand injury diving for a loose ball in an exhibition game against George Fox. The 6’3″ center had 21 points and 10 rebounds at the time of her injury. Two players, Lariel Powell and Emily Easom, played 40 minutes in the first game of the season. Both players struggled from the field, but Powell dished out a career high seven assists. The Vikings only return two starters from last season and have six newcomers into the program. In the loss to Seattle, PSU was only able to score 16 points in the second half of play. The Vikings had three players score in double digits in the first game of the season. Portland State is directed by Sherri Murrell, who is in her eighth season.
Tipoff is set for 9:00pm CT. You can hear the game on Classic Hits 106.3 and kvht.com with pregame beginning at 8:30pm.
Next up: Tomorrow night the Coyotes will be in Seattle to play the Washington Huskies.