USD competes Friday, Saturday in Las Vegas

South Dakota will compete in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic on Friday and Saturday at Orleans Arena. The Coyotes face Santa Clara on Friday and Fordham on Saturday. Both games will be announced at 11am local time, 1pm CT.

how to watch

The event features a live stream of the tournament for $25. Announcers are not provided in the stream. Navigate here for information.

how to listen

Carter Woodiel of the Coyote Sports Network is on the road delivering a radio show. You can listen to Friday’s game here and Saturday’s game here.

The coyotes

South Dakota is in Las Vegas for the first time since 2019 when the Coyotes defeated Ohio State and Northern Illinois over the holiday. USD enter with a 4-1 record that includes away wins at Bradley and Saint Louis. The Coyotes are in the middle of their longest road trip of the season. The team travels to northern Colorado on December 2 before returning home on December 6 for a mid-major showdown with Drake.

Point Guard Grace Larkins leads the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. Alexi Hanpe and Madison Grange added 11 points per game to that point. Senior Jenia Ugofsky scored a career-best 13 points in Sunday’s win in Saint Louis.

The Coyotes shoot 43 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks sixth nationally, and the USD is making 10 3-pointers a game. Defensively, the team has conceded an average of 64 points to their three Division I opponents. USD has overtaken all five of its opponents.

Santa Clara

Santa Clara drew 3-3 with a 35-point home win over Kansas City on Tuesday night. The Broncos were making 15 three-pointers, the second-highest in program history, and shooting more than 50 percent from the field for the first time this season.

Santa Clara was 16-15 last year, marking the program’s second consecutive successful season. The Broncos added several new plays, including top performers Tess Heal, Ayzhiana Basallo and Olivia Pollerd. Heal is a freshman guard from Melbourne, Australia who leads the team in goals and assists. Basallo competed for Arizona State last season, while Pollerd played sparingly for Washington a year ago. Nine Santa Clara players have averaged double-digit minutes over six games.

Fordham

Candice Green, an assistant at Fordham since 2019, was appointed interim head coach last July following the departure of Stephanie Gaitley, the program’s most successful coach, who had spent 11 seasons in the Bronx. Green is inheriting a senior-laden ball club from an 18-11 campaign a year ago. The Rams (3-2) have already met national leaders Maryland (L, 83-76) and a solid roster from Princeton (L, 70-67).

Anna DeWolfe is a two-time All-Atlantic 10 first-team honoree who was assistant player of the year two seasons ago. DeWolfe and another All-Conference honoree, Asiah Dingle, both average more than 16 points per game. Kaitlyn Downey averages 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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