Entering a final three-game home stand, the University of South Dakota women’s basketball team will look to finish out their season with three consecutive home wins.
The start of that task will be on Saturday Feb. 25, when the Coyotes host the University of Oakland Golden
Oakland was chosen to finish in second in the Summit League during the preseason, however USD overcame Oakland in Rochester, Mich. with 58-51 victory on Dec. 3, 2011.
Head coach Ryun Williams said it has been a long season for both teams since that first meeting in the beginning of December.
“It was the first week of conference play when we last played Oakland,” Williams said. “They have improved, and we have improved so were looking at a real tough contest Saturday night.”
The Coyotes are coming off of a 62-47 victory over Western Illinois University on Feb. 20, one game after their eight-game winning streak was broken by Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis on Feb. 18
Williams said the key to beating the Golden Grizzlies will be on the defensive side of the ball.
“We will need to stop (Bethany) Watterworth” Williams said. “Oakland knows how to really push the ball and we need to be ready for that tempo. We will have to play strong convergence defense in order to slow down Watterworth.”
Defense is something the Coyotes have been leading the Summit League in all year long, leading the conference in scoring defense, scoring margin and field goal percent defense.
Williams said the final three home games for the Coyotes will be a chance for the team to cultivate a successful first season in the Summit League Conference.
“We have an opportunity to finish up our season on real positive note with these last three games at home,” Williams said. “These will be three tough games and we are working hard in order to finish the season out in our favor.”
After Saturday’s match-up, the Coyotes end the season hosting Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne on Feb. 28 and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville March 1.