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Seekamp's 3-pointer gives USD first win at Frost Arena in 26 years

BROOKINGS--The University of South Dakota has waited a long time for a moment like this. Twenty-six years, to be exact. When Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Nicole Seekamp drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, it not onl...

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South Dakota State Jackrabbits guard/forward Kerri Young (10) scrambles for a loose ball with South Dakota Coyotes center Kate Liveringhouse (34) along the sideline during a game on Sunday at Frost Arena in Brookings. (Matt Gade/Republic)

BROOKINGS-The University of South Dakota has waited a long time for a moment like this.

Twenty-six years, to be exact.

When Summit League Preseason Player of the Year Nicole Seekamp drained a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, it not only sealed a 63-58 win over in-state rival South Dakota State on Sunday, but also gave the Coyotes their first win in Frost Arena since 1990.

"It's been no secret about how long it's been since the Coyotes have come into Frost Arena and been able to get away with a win," USD head coach Amy Williams said. "We're happy for our seniors to walk out of here with this kind of a win."

Seekamp's 3-pointer came with 13.7 seconds remaining with the score tied at 58 apiece. The senior guard only had four points at halftime, but didn't let her first half scoring output stop her down the stretch.

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"I was trying not to think about all the misses I had previously," said Seekamp, who finished with a game-high 23 points. "I just stepped behind that line, felt confident and stepped up and made the shot. Thankfully it went in, and that sealed the game for us."

The Jackrabbits had an opportunity to take the lead on the possession before, but a layup from Mitchell native Macy Miller rattled off the rim with 40 seconds remaining.

"We had a good look at the end there. Macy makes that shot a lot," SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said. "If we were able to go up two there, that changes the complexion of the game. And then on the other end, we probably gave up the one shot you can't give up at the end, a 3-pointer."

When Seekamp's shot found the bottom of the net, Johnston immediately called a timeout to set up a play of his own.

Inbounding the ball from half court, SDSU swung the ball around the perimeter until Madison Guebert had a decent look from downtown. Unfortunately for the Jackrabbits, Guebert's 3-pointer fell short, sealing the Coyote win.

SDSU shot 40 percent from the floor, while USD made 39 percent of its shots.

The Jackrabbits were 5-of-18 from 3-point range, and the Coyotes were 5-of-17. Turnovers plagued SDSU (14-4, 4-1 Summit League), as the Jackrabbits gave the ball away 19 times.

"We were playing tight and frazzled," Miller said. "We were scared of making a turnover and not playing loose like we normally do. We just turned it over too much, and they capitalized on that."

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Miller led the Jackrabbits with 20 points, while Guebert and Clarissa Ober tallied 10 points each. Ober recorded eight blocks in the contest, which tied an SDSU record.

Former Mitchell Kernel Kerri Young had seven points, six rebounds, four assists and five turnovers in the loss.

In addition to Seekamp, Kelly Stewart contributed for USD (13-5, 4-1) with 13 points.

SDSU takes on Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis on Thursday at Frost Arena, while USD faces Fort Wayne on Thursday at the DakotaDome in Vermillion.

"Right now, this feels awful," Miller said. "We're going to take that feeling into our next practices and games coming up and we're going to bounce back from this."

NOTES: Frost Arena drew 4,082 fans for Sunday's contest between USD and SDSU.

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