Buffalo, Central Michigan and Ohio are expected to battle for Mid-American supremacy, while Gonzaga should set the bar for all mid-majors.
South Carolina will join Oklahoma, South Dakota and Gonzaga in a four-team round-robin tournament in South Dakota on Nov. 28-30.
Using a single-simulation method, we picked the entire tournament using BPI-weighted coin flips.
ESPN.com tabbed the Oregon senior for top honors. Coach Dawn Staley, freshman Aliyah Boston and mid-major star Ciara Duffy also earned accolades.
Hannah Sjerven scored nine of her 15 points in the fourth quarter and 17th-ranked South Dakota earned a return trip to the NCAA Tournament with a 63-58 win over second-seeded South Dakota State in the Summit League championship game on Tuesday.
Taylor Frederick scored 16 points, Hannah Sjerven added a double-double with seven blocks and No. 17 South Dakota coasted past fourth-seeded Oral Roberts 65-43 in the Summit League semifinals on Monday.
Ciara Duffy scored 17 points and Monica Arens 16 and No. 17-ranked South Dakota gashed Omaha 99-40 on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Summit League Tournament.
Ciara Duffy scored 17 points, Taylor Frederick added 15 and No. 20 South Dakota rolled to its second undefeated Summit League season and school-record 27th win with a 76-47 win over North Dakota on Saturday.
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Chloe Lamb scored 22 points, Madison McKeever added 19 and the two combined for 19 fourth-quarter points to help No. 20 South Dakota fend off South Dakota State 77-67 and claim the outright Summit League championship Saturday.
Ciara Duffy scored 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting and No. 20 South Dakota beat North Dakota State 96-57 on Thursday night to clinch at least a share of the Summit League regular-season title.
Chloe Lamb scored a career-high 24 points and No. 21 South Dakota jumped to a big early lead and held on to defeat Oral Roberts 77-73 on Saturday.
Hannah Sjerven scored 18 points with 11 rebounds and No. 21 South Dakota beat Western Illinois 88-51 on Thursday night for the Coyotes' 12th consecutive victory.
Ciara Duffy scored 17 points as one of six South Dakota players to reach double figures and the No. 22 Coyotes rolled to their 11th consecutive win, beating North Dakota 93-46 on Sunday.
Ciara Duffy scored a career-high 31 points and No. 21 South Dakota rolled past Denver 104-61 on Sunday for the Coyotes' 10th straight victory.
Taylor Frederick scored a season-high 21 points and No. 21 South Dakota made Dawn Plitzuweit's 100th win with the Coyotes an easy one, racing past Omaha 73-42 on Wednesday night.
South Dakota's Ciara Duffy, whose team is up to No. 2 in our mid-major top 10, is the favorite, with Bella Alarie and Micaela Kelly also in the race.
Monica Arens and Ciara Duffy scored 18 points apiece and No. 24 South Dakota beat Oral Roberts 79-56 on Sunday.
Ciara Duffy had 13 points with seven assists in a balanced South Dakota offense and the No. 24 Coyotes rolled past Purdue Fort Wayne 79-25 on Friday night for their seventh straight victory.
Ciara Duffey scored 21 points, Hannah Sjerven added 16 and No. 25 South Dakota routed rival South Dakota State 83-48 on Sunday in a game postponed one day because of bad weather.
Ciara Duffy scored 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 25 South Dakota beat North Dakota 80-36 on Thursday night.
Ciarra Duffy and Hannah Sjerven combined for 14 points in a pivotal third quarter and No. 22 South Dakota beat Omaha 77-44 on Saturday for the Coyotes' fourth straight win
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