After finishing second place finish in the Summit League tournament last month, the University of South Dakota women’s basketball team received a piece of good news Monday afternoon.
Senior Nicole Seekamp has been granted another year of eligibility and will compete again in the Coyote jersey for the 2015-16 season following a two-game withholding.
Seekamp originally had to forfeit a year of eligibility because she had competed in amateur basketball prior to coming to the U.S. The USD athletic department appealed the penalty and was successful, barring Seekamp sits out two games.
Seekamp’s return will limit the damage for the Coyotes, who expected to lose three starters to graduation in May.
Now, Seekamp will team up with incoming first-year Allison Arens and transfer Caitlin Duffy to fill the other graduates’ spots.
Seekamp already has a decorated career at USD. She has been named first-team all-Summit League twice and Summit League Tournament Most Valuable Player twice. She is also the seventh-leading scorer in program history and was a leader for the first team to qualify for the NCAA tournament in 2014.
Seekamp said she would have traded her tournament MVP award last year if it would have given USD the conference championship instead.
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