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VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota women's basketball has moved back into the Associated Press Top 25 and extend its streak of appearances in the USA Today Coaches Poll coming in at No. 22 in both this week.
It marks the highest ranking the Coyotes have earned in the AP Top 25 in four weeks of being ranked the last two seasons. South Dakota is ranked in the AP Top 25 for the second time this season, previously clocking in at No. 25 on Dec. 16. Prior to this year, only four other Summit League teams had ever made it into the AP Top 25 with one of those being the 2018-19 Coyotes.
The Coyotes also extended their streak of appearances in the USA Today Coaches Poll to six consecutive weeks on Tuesday. The program previously spent five consecutive weeks in the poll from Feb. 12 to March 12 last season.
No. 22/22 South Dakota is one of five mid-majors in the poll, joining No. 15 Gonzaga, No. 18 Missouri State, No. 23 Princeton and No. 25 Florida Gulf Coast. Those five teams make up the top-five of the CollegeInsider.com mid-major poll where the Coyotes rank fourth. South Dakota has been ranked in the mid-major poll for 41-straight weeks and been in the top-five for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.
South Dakota (14-2, 3-0) kicked off Summit League action with three wins in eight days by an average scoring margin of 32 points. The Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Ciara Duffy is leading the way with 16.8 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Fellow preseason Summit picks Hannah Sjerven and Chloe Lamb join her in double-figures this season. Sjerven's averaging 12.2 points, 6.7 boards and 1.9 blocks per game, while Lamb's stat line includes 10.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists a contest.
The Coyotes tip-off against Omaha at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first half of a doubleheader with the South Dakota men inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Tickets are available on GoYotes.com.