USD to Host Opening Round of WNIT

Coyote Crazies photo Coyote Crazies cheer on the Coyotes at the Sanford Coyote Sports Complex.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The South Dakota women’s basketball team will host North Dakota in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

The 64-team bracket was announced late Monday. The winner will face either Iowa or Missouri State in the second round at a date and time to be determined.

As the reigning WNIT Champions, South Dakota (22-8) earned an at-large bid to the tournament after finishing with an 11-5 record in the Summit League. USD is one of three league teams to earn a spot in the WNIT as the league boasted its best RPI (11th) in history at the end of the regular season. The Coyotes are competing in a postseason tournament for the seventh consecutive season with its fourth WNIT appearance in that span. South Dakota is 8-2 all-time in the WNIT.

South Dakota and North Dakota meet for the 73rd time in program history and fourth time in consecutive seasons. For information on purchasing tickets, please visit GoYotes.com, by phone at 605-677-5959 or in person at the Coyote Ticket Office.

ABOUT USD

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 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, 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 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.