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USD women move to semifinals, beat NDSU

SIOUX FALLS -- The South Dakota women's basketball team made good on their chance for a first impression at the Summit League tournament.

Third-seeded South Dakota used an 18-0 run over a span of seven minutes in the second half to break the quarterfinal affair with No. 6 North Dakota State wide open and the first-timer Coyotes moved to today's semifinals with a 73-53 victory in front of 3,971 fans at the Arena in Sioux Falls.

The tournament victory is the first for the Coyotes, who were finally eligible for the conference's showcase this year after years of transitioning to Division I.

"The University of South Dakota has been waiting for this for a whole time and it's finally here," USD guard Tempestt Wilson said.

Four Coyotes (16-14) finished the game in double figures, led by a pair of 15-point performances by guards Wilson and Nicole Seekamp. Senior Sam Mehr scored 14 points to help USD off the bench, where the Yotes held a 30-2 advantage over the Bison (10-19).

"We talked about needing to buckle down defensively," USD coach Amy Williams said about what changed for the Coyotes in the second half. "I thought we were playing passive. That's not South Dakota basketball and that's not what win you games this time a year."

USD advances to the semifinals to play No. 2 seed IUPUI (20-10), a team the Coyotes have already defeated twice this season.