VERMILLION, S.D.—South Dakota head women's basketball coach Dawn Plitzuweit
is pleased to announce that the Coyotes will open the 2016-17 season against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 11.
The Coyotes finished 32-6 in 2015-16 and are coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history. South Dakota won the Women's National Invitation Tournament and secured their second-consecutive Summit League regular season title by finishing 15-1 in league play. South Dakota hired Plitzuweit as its new head coach in April after Amy Williams accepted the top job at the University of Nebraska.
"It is an incredible opportunity to start our season at a great facility within an hour of Vermillion," said Plitzuweit. "The Pentagon staff has done a fantastic job of bringing major programs to the Midwest from across the country. Plus, the community support of women's basketball has been astounding in this region, from the record-setting attendance at the Summit League Tournament to winning the bid to host an NCAA Regional last season! We couldn't be more excited about this chance to play at the Pentagon!"
The Coyotes played the first-ever NCAA Division I women's basketball contest inside the Pentagon back in 2013, falling to Drake 89-81 in a November overtime contest.
A member of the Ohio Valley Conference, SIUE went 18-13 a year ago and advanced to the semifinals of its conference tournament. Paula Buscher enters her fifth season as the head coach of the Cougars.
"We are looking forward to playing USD in the Pentagon," said Buscher. "I have heard great things about this facility and I am excited to get the opportunity to take our team to play in the venue. USD is coming off a great season and I know Dawn will have her team ready to compete."
South Dakota holds a 5-2 lead in the all-time series dating back to the 1985-86 season. The two programs last met in 2012 when South Dakota topped SIUE 64-61 in Vermillion.
Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 at ticketmaster.com and the Pentagon box office.
About the Sanford Pentagon
The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, S.D., is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities – including high definition video boards and executive suites – with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. For more information, visit sanfordpentagon.com.