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VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota women's basketball enters the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 25. It marks the third time in program history the Coyotes have made the AP Top 25, following a two-week stint last February.
The Coyotes become the fifth team in Summit League history to earn a spot in the AP Top 25, following Northern Illinois (1992-93, 1993-94), South Dakota State (2008-09) and last year's South Dakota team (2018-19).
South Dakota women's basketball holds steady at No. 21 for the second-straight week in the USA Today Coaches Poll. It marks the highest ranking the Coyotes have earned in either poll. South Dakota is now in its third week of being ranked by the coaches' poll.
The Coyotes (11-1) have been receiving votes in both polls since the start of the season. South Dakota also continues its 38-week streak in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll, ranking third for the third-straight week.
South Dakota has put together wins against the Big Ten's Ohio State, the SEC's Missouri and the Pac-12's Utah this season. The Coyotes also have nonconference wins over preseason Missouri Valley favorite Drake, Horizon League favorite Green Bay and the Big East's Creighton. The lone loss on the year came at the hands of No. 20 Missouri State.
The Coyotes and the Bears join No. 17 Gonzaga as the three mid-majors in the poll.
Senior guard Ciara Duffy leads the Coyotes with 16.4 points, 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. Joining her in double-figures through 12 games are junior center Hannah Sjerven with 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game, along with junior guard Chloe lamb with 10.2 points and 2.7 assists per game.
South Dakota is coming off a 96-64 win over Montana on Sunday. The Coyotes knocked down 15 3-pointers in the game while shooting 58.5 percent from the floor. Duffy scored 23 points and tallied a career-high nine assists in the game. Sjerven's Junior center stat line included 18 points, seven boards and five blocks.
This becomes the fourth Summit League team to be ranked in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll in the same season. Others include Northern Illinois (1993-94), South Dakota State (2008-09) and South Dakota (2018-19).
Next on the docket for South Dakota is No. 5 South Carolina at 11 a.m. (CT) next Sunday.