Women's Basketball

    4   Tia Hemiller
    Tia Hemiller


    Watertown, S.D.

    High School:
    Watertown HS




    Gritty Debut

    AMES, Iowa--South Dakota led early, battled throughout and made proud the large contingency of Coyote fans at Hilton Coliseum before falling to second-seeded Stanford 81-62 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


    Dethroned! Coyotes on to Summit League final

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D.--Polly Harrington made her first seven shots, Nicole Seekamp sank 13 free throws and Bridget Arens contributed 12 points off the bench as South Dakota beat top-seeded South Dakota State, 72-58, in a Summit League Tournament semifinal game at Sioux Falls Arena.


    Contreras 3 sends Coyotes into semis

    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.


    Five USD starters reach double figures, but Jacks prevail

    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.


    Coyotes rally from 19 down to beat NDSU in overtime

    VERMILLION, S.D.--South Dakota rebounded from a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat North Dakota State, 95-87, in overtime Thursday night at the DakotaDome. The Coyotes (16-12, 7-6 Summit) won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 11-1 at home this season.


    USD vs. Stanford

    USD vs. Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Ames, Iowa


    South Dakota vs. Denver

    South Dakota defeats Denver 82-71 to win the 2014 Summit League Tournament


    South Dakota vs. SDSU

    South Dakota vs. SDSU


    USD vs. Western Illinois

    USD vs. Western Illinois


    South Dakota vs. IUPUI

    South Dakota vs. IUPUI, Feb. 15, 2014

    Starting point guard who leads the team in both assists and rebounds ... amongst all Summit League players, ranks second in defensive rebounds and fourth in total rebounds ... is one of three USD players who have started all 32 games this season ... leads the team in minutes played (29.2 mpg) ... leads the team and ranks fifth in the Summit in assists ... is the second-most accurate 3-point shooter in the League at 42.3 percent (33-of-78) ... leads the team with four double-doubles ... had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in the championship game of the Summit League Tournament ... was a rebound shy of a double-double in two other contests ... had 13 assists against four turnovers in 89 minutes at the Summit League Tournament

    Played in 33 games during freshman season... had season-high 13 points against Dakota State (12/06/12)... tallied season-high eight rebounds against Utah Valley (12/01/12)... had 10 points and five rebounds against Peru State (12/15/12).

    Athletic guard who had strong career at Watertown High School...first-team all-state selection as a senior after averaging 18.1 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game...named Class AA All-Star...first-team all-conference as a senior...also first-team all-state as a junior...was also an all-conference selection and a member of the Eastern South Dakota Conference championship team...has been Watertown's Most Valuable Player the past two seasons and is a five-year letterwinner overall....assumed starting point guard duties as a freshman in 2008-09 as the Arrows won the Class AA state championship...is a five-year letterwinner and also is a standout in track and field, where she has placed in more than 20 events at the state meet, including being part of winning sprint medley relay as a senior.

    Daughter of Bobby and Jodi Hemiller...Undecided major.

    Career Highs
    Points: 13 vs. Dakota State (12/06/12)
    Rebounds: 8 vs. Utah Valley (12/01/12)
    Assists: 3 2x, last at Boise State (12/22/12)
    FG: 5 2x, last vs. Peru State (12/15/12)
    Steals: 3 2x, last at Kansas State (12/9/12)
    Blocks: 0
    Double-digit games: 2

    15 South Dakota (19-14) 62
    2 Stanford (30-3) 81
    Ames, Iowa Box Score
    • NCAA Tournament - 1st round
    • Seekamp: 22 pts (made first six shots)
    • Harrington: 9 pts (4-6 FG), 4 rebs, 3 asts
    • Hemiller, Stewart: 8 pts each
    6 Denver (9-23) 71
    4 South Dakota (19-13) 82
    Sioux Falls, S.D. Box Score
    • USD: first DI NCAA Tournament App.
    • First NCAA Tourn. since 2008 (Final Four)
    • Selection show: 6 p.m. March 17 (ESPN)
    • Harrington: 16 pts (Tournament MVP)
    • Seekamp: 11 pts (All-Tourney Team)

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