USD picked to finish second in Summit

October 4, 2018 GMT

SIOUX FALLS — A trio of Coyotes were voted to the Summit League Preseason Teams while the South Dakota women’s basketball team was picked second in the preseason poll.

Senior Allison Arens and junior Ciara Duffy were voted to the preseason all-Summit League first team while junior Madison McKeever was picked to the preseason all-Summit League second team.

Under the direction of 2018 Summit League Coach of the Year Dawn Plitzuweit, the Coyotes ran through the Summit League slate with a perfect 14-0 record last season. South Dakota became the first Summit program to finish the league slate undefeated in 24 years.

The reigning Summit League regular season champions received 257 points and nine of 32 first-place votes for second place. South Dakota State edged the Coyotes out of the top spot with 271 points and the remaining 23 first-place votes. Western Illinois took home the third spot with 192 points.

A native of Crofton, Nebraska, Arens is a two-time all-Summit League first-team pick. She averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game in 2017-18. The senior boasts an impressive career field-goal percentage of .477. Arens has also stamped her name across USD’s record books from the charity stripe, setting five school records for free throws.

Duffy, a native of Rapid City, South Dakota, earned a spot on last year’s all-Summit League first team and the Summit League all-tournament team. She led the Coyotes with 12.3 points and five rebounds per game, while also contributing 2.5 assists and one steal per game.

Hailing from Erskine, Minnesota, McKeever was Summit League honorable mention a year ago. She averaged 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game while playing point for the Coyotes. McKeever ranked second in the Summit with 78 steals on the season and led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) during Summit League play.

South Dakota opens the season on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Creighton in Omaha, Nebraska.