VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota women's basketball extended its streak of appearances in the USA Today Coaches Poll to six consecutive weeks on Tuesday. The Coyotes clock in at No. 22 again this week.

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 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.

The 22nd-ranked Coyotes sit 14-2 overall with a 3-0 start to league play. 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.

On deck for the Coyotes is a doubleheader against Omaha on Saturday tipping off at 1 p.m. Tickets are available on


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