THE OPENING TIP
The Portland State women’s basketball team embarks on its most difficult road trip to date when it travels to the state of South Dakota for a pair of games. The Vikings head to Brookings, S.D. for a Thursday, Dec. 3 meeting with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits. They then head to Vermillion, S.D. where they will take on the University of South Dakota Coyotes on Saturday, Dec. 5. The games are slated for 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. CT starts respectively.
LIVE VIDEO: A live video stream will be available for both games. The link can be found on the women’s basketball schedule page on GoViks.com.
LIVE STATS: Fans can follow the action throughout the season online via Live Stats. Live stat links for each game can be found on the women’s basketball schedule page on GoViks.com.
LAST TIME OUT
• Portland State finished out the month of November with a pair of home losses last week. The Vikings opened the week with a 69-53 loss at the hands of cross-town rival the University of Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The Vikings then fell to the UC Davis Aggies, 82-70, the day after Thanksgiving.
• The Vikings had a tough shooting night against the Pilots shooting a season-low .242 (16-for-66) from the floor and .059 (1-for-17) from three-point range. They bounced back with a better shooting night against the Aggies going 23-for-64 (.359) from the floor and 8-for-23 (.348) from beyond the arc.
• Sophomore G Cici West led the Vikings in both scoring and rebounding on the week. West averaged 13.0 points and 13.0 rebounds per game over the two games. She went 9-for-17 (.529) from the floor and .727 (8-for-11) from the line for the week.
• West opened the week with a career game. She posted a career-high 16 points going 5-for-9 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the line. West was huge on the glass for the Vikings, pulling down a Peter W. Stott Center record 18 rebounds for her first career double-double. West’s 18 rebounds are tied for the fifth most ever by a Viking in a single-game.
• Freshman G Corey James wrapped up ‘Player of the Game’ honors against the Aggies with a career-high 23 points. It was the most points scored in a game by a Viking this season. James posted her 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the floor including four three-pointers. She also went 3-for-4 from the line and pulled down a career-high six rebounds.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE QUICK HITS
• Head Coach Aaron Johnston is 369-128 in 16 seasons leading the Jackrabbits. South Dakota State is 4-2 overall this season, 2-1 at home and 2-1 at a neutral site.
• South Dakota State won the Summit League tournament title a year ago and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it eventually lost in the first round to No. 10 Oregon State. The Jackrabbits finished the season 24-9 overall and 12-4 in Summit League action. They return eight letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team.
• South Dakota State opened the season with back-to-back wins over Marist and Arkansas. Its first loss came at home to No. 3 Notre Dame. The Jackrabbits then went 2-1 at the Paradise Jam Tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. They defeated Pittsburgh (55-54) and Old Dominion (71-39) at the Paradise Jam. In between their pair of wins, they fell to No. 6 Maryland (62-55).
• The Jackrabbits are averaging 66.3 points while allowing 61.2 points per game this season. They are shooting .384 from the floor, .369 from three-point range, and .661 at the free-throw line.
• Macy Miller leads the team with 19.7 points per game. She is shooting a team-best .494 (42-for-85) from the floor and .423 (11-for-26) from beyond the arc. She has scored double-digit points in all six games this season including a season-high 31 points against Arkansas.
VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: The Vikings and Jackrabbits will meet for the first time.
SOUTH DAKOTA QUICK HITS
• Head Coach Amy Williams is 67-41 in four seasons leading the Coyotes. She is 164-107 in nine seasons as a head coach. South Dakota is 3-3 overall this season, 1-0 at home, 1-3 on the road, and 1-0 at a neutral site.
• South Dakota went 26-8 overall and 13-3 in Summit League play last season. The Coyotes made it to the second round of the WNIT before losing to Northern Colorado.
• South Dakota returns seven letterwinners and three starters from last year’s team including Nichole Seekamp, its leading scorer from 2014-15.
• Seekamp is second on the team in scoring this season with 12.3 points per game. She missed the first two games of the season. She posted back-to-back double-doubles to start her season including a 20 point, 10 assist game in an overtime loss at Kansas State.
• Caitlin Duffy leads the team with 14.2 points per game this season. She has posted double-digit points in four-of-six games including a trio of 20-point performances.
VS. SOUTH DAKOTA: South Dakota leads the all-time series 2-0. They took the first meeting in South Dakota during the 1992-93 season. The Coyotes won last season, 87-57, at the Stott Center.