SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--South Dakota junior guard Raeshel Contreras hit a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to send the Coyotes past Western Illinois, 96-94, and into Monday's Summit League Tournament semifinal against top-seeded South Dakota State.
VERMILLION, S.D.--Megan Waytashek scored a game-high 18 points and Mariah Clarin and Gabby Boever added 14 points each to lead South Dakota State in a 99-88 win against South Dakota Sunday at the DakotaDome in the regular season finale for both teams.
OMAHA, Neb.--South Dakota rebounded from a 17-point hole in the first half and took a 58-57 lead with 3:36 remaining before falling at Omaha 69-61 Thursday night at Sapp Fieldhouse. It was the Coyotes' first loss in four games.
VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota scored the first 16 points of the second half and didn't look back in an 84-71 win against Fort Wayne Thursday inside the DakotaDome. The Coyotes (13-11, 4-5 Summit) have won four of their last five. The Mastodons (12-12, 5-5) have lost three of four.
VERMILLION, S.D.--Four South Dakota starters scored at least 14 points and Kelly Stewart added eight points off the bench as the Coyotes opened the second half of Summit League play with an 88-67 win against Denver Friday inside the DakotaDome.
2013-14 One of three Coyotes who have started all 32 games this season ... is second on the team in minutes played ... ranks fourth on the team in rebounding and assists and is the team's sixth-leading scorer ... scored a season-high 24 points (11-14 FG) in a win against Wyoming (11/30) ... scored in double figures five other times ... had 17 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Omaha (1/25)
2012-13 Started 18 of 35 games played... averaged 5.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game... career-high scoring effort of 14 against Omaha (12/30/12)... had 13 rebounds and 12 points at Western Illinois for first double-double of USD career (01/24/12).
2011-12 Played in 19 games as a freshman, averaging 0.9 points and 1.2 rebounds per game...had career-highs of nine points and eight rebounds against Tabor (11/28/11)...had four rebounds at Southern Utah (1/28/12)...finished with 22 rebounds, five assists and three steals...named to Academic All-Summit League team, earning Distinguished Scholar status.
Prep Named Class 4A All-State honorable mention as a senior and also earned all-state honorable mention honors from the St. Paul Pioneer Press...also named all-conference as a senior after averaging 14.1 points per game...was all-state honorable mention as a junior and finished as a three-time All-Classic Suburban Conference first-team selection...earned the team MVP award during her junior season, when she averaged 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game...finished with 1,195 career points.
Personal Daughter of Joe and Ann Loeffler...Kinesiology and Sports Science major with a minor in Coaching.
Career Highs Points: 14 vs. Omaha (12/30/12) Rebounds: 13 at Western Illinois (01/24/13) Assists: 3 at Lamar (03/24/13) FG: 7 vs. Omaha (12/30/12) 3-pt: 1 vs. Oakland (01/19/13) Steals: 3 at Cleveland State (11/09/12) Blocks: 2 2x, last at Omaha (02/28/13) Double-digit games: 5