VERMILLION, S.D. - With a WBI championship berth at stake, the South Dakota women will host McNeese State in a semifinal matchup at the DakotaDome on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Pregame with R.J. Pattison will start at 6:30 p.m. and can be heard on 106.3 KVHT.
Sioux Falls, S.D.-- South Dakota women's basketball scored 54 second-half points on 77 percent shooting from the field en route to an 82-72 victory against the IUPUI Jaguars on Monday at the Sioux Falls Arena. The Coyotes will play South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow for the Summit League Tournament Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
After giving coach Amy Williams her 100th career coaching victory, the South Dakota women's basketball team will host Dakota State on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Amy Williams is in her second season as the head women's basketball coach at the University of South Dakota. Williams was named the Coyote head coach on June 4, 2012.
Williams, a native of Spearfish, S.D., and a 1998 Nebraska graduate, led the Coyotes to a 19-16 record in her first season with a Summit League championship game appearance and a WBI semifinals appearance. The Coyotes finished third in the Summit League standings (10-6), won seven of their last nine games, had Tempestt Wilson named to the All-Summit League team and had Nicole Seekamp named Summit League Tournament MVP.
Before coming to USD, Williams was an assistant coach for several years at the Division I level, including serving as the top assistant/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2001-05, and holding the same position at Tulsa from 2005-07.
In March of 2007, Williams was named the first head women's basketball coach at Rogers State University and built the program from scratch into an NAIA national contender. In five seasons at Rogers State, Williams recorded a 97-65 record. Last year, the Hillcats were 22-12 and advanced to the NAIA Final 8 for the first time in school history. She led the Hillcats to back-to-back NAIA national tournament appearances.
Williams joined the Hillcats after successful coaching stints as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at The University of Tulsa and Oklahoma State University. She previously worked as an assistant at the University of Texas-San Antonio and was a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
At Tulsa, Williams helped the Golden Hurricane claim its first Conference USA regular-season and tournament championships in 2006. The Hurricane also earned its first ever trip to the NCAA tournament and logged its first win in the field of 64, finishing the season with an impressive 26-6 record.
Before joining Tulsa, Williams served as the top assistant at Oklahoma State from 2001-2005. She compiled a number of accolades as the recruiting coordinator at OSU, including being named the 11th ranked recruiting coordinator in the nation based on impact to program and signing the Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year in 2003. Her 2003 recruiting class was ranked 19th in the country according to All-Star Girls Basketball Report.
Williams served as an assistant coach at Texas-San Antonio from 2000-01, where she was involved with scouting, practice preparation, recruiting and preseason conditioning workouts.
Williams was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Nebraska, where she graduated with a degree in biology and mathematics in 1998.. She earned Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors as a senior in 1997-98 and was named a Phillips 66 Student-Athlete of the Week in 1997.
After graduating from Nebraska, Williams joined the University of Nebraska-Kearney staff as a graduate assistant, where she earned her master's degree in sports administration in 2002.
Williams' family includes her husband, Lloyd, and daughters Kennadi Capri (8) and Bentli Marie (4).
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