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USD Women's Basketball Team Hosts WNIT Final

Image Amy Williams Head Coach Amy Williams announces that USD will host the WNIT championship game, with David Williams, senior associate athletics director for external relations.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Coyote fans are snatching up tickets for Saturday’s WNIT championship game at the DakotaDome after the women's basketball team routed Oregon in a game that produced the No. 1 ESPN SportsCenter Top Ten play.

The Summit League posted on its website Thursday that the Coyotes are the first team in the league to compete for a national postseason tournament championship.

Six USD players scored in double figures Wednesday and the Coyotes shot 54 percent from the field to defeat Oregon 88-54 in front of a crowd of 5,080 fans. (Read the game summary.) They drowned out Coach Amy Williams when she announced USD will host the WNIT final game at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Coyotes find out Thursday evening if they meet Michigan or Florida Gulf Coast.

The shot of Wednesday’s game came with six minutes left when senior guard Tia Hemiller sunk a one-handed throw from half court as the shot clock buzzed. It started out as the No. 2 top 10 play on SportsCenter but ended the evening as No. 1. (Watch the play.)

Tickets for the championship game can be purchased online at, by phone at 605-677-5959 or in person at the Coyote Ticket Office. The game will also be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News