South Dakota women’s basketball has moved back into the Associated Press Top 25 this week at No. 22. And who are they keeping company with? At the top of the poll is UConn and Oregon. South Carolina, Stanford, and Baylor round out the top five.

Pretty good company wouldn't you say?

I this week's release this marks the highest ranking the Coyotes have earned in the AP Top 25 in four weeks of being ranked the last two seasons.

With impressive play, South Dakota (14-2, 3-0) kicked off Summit League action with three wins in eight days by an average scoring margin of 32 points.

Senior guard Ciara Duffy, the reigning Summit League Player of the Week, is averaging 17 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Summit League play. This is the third time this season Duffy has taken POW honors.

The Coyotes tip-off against Omaha at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first half of a doubleheader with the South Dakota men inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. Tickets are available on

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