The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State basketball teams will clash. The women will play at 7 tonight (Wednesday) in the DakotaDome in Vermillion. The men will play at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Frost Arena on Midco Sports Network TV.
The SDSU women (15-6) are leading the Summit League (7-1), with the Coyotes (11-10, 6-2) in second place. The SDSU women beat the Coyotes 72-60 Jan. 6 in Brookings.
The USD women feature three-year starting point guard Alexis Yackley. The senior from Onida and Sully Buttes High School is averaging 3.6 points and 4.9 rebounds and is leading the Coyotes with 107 assists and 36 steals.
The SDSU women lead the all-time series 49-21. SDSU won the first game in the series 35-26 during the 1966-67 season.
The USD men (8-13, 4-5) have beaten SDSU (16-6, 7-2) twice in a row. The Coyotes shocked SDSU 74-71 Jan. 5 in Vermillion.
The SDSU men lead the all-time series 115-92. USD won the first game in the series 31-18 during the 1914-15 season.
SDSU marks falling
Two Watertown men are losing their place atop some of the top records in SDSU men’s basketball history.
And they are just fine with that.
Earlier this season, SDSU senior and top NBA prospect Nate Wolters took over the all-time scoring mark. Wolters is now at 2,048 career points and climbing.
That record was held by Watertown’s Mark Tetzlaff, father of NSU senior standout Dustin Tetzlaff. The elder Tetzlaff scored 1,931 points over 118 games from 1981-85. However, his SDSU career rebound record (1,132) is safe.
Now, Wolters is fast approaching the all-time assist record at SDSU. Wolters has 590. Watertown boys’ basketball coach Brian Norberg is the leader with 605 career assists from 1995-99.
Norberg is the brother of Brent Norberg, the boys’ basketball coach at Aberdeen Central.
Like Mark Tetzlaff, Brian Norberg couldn’t be happier for Wolters.
“It is fitting that he will hold the scoring and assist record at SDSU,” Brian Norberg said of Wolters. “He is a phenomenal player who has helped bring SDSU basketball to a new level. I am just honored to have my name mentioned with his as he approaches the record.
“It is pretty easy to be happy for a guy like that who has worked so hard to become the player he is today. I still take a lot of pride in being part of the Jackrabbit basketball family so it is really easy to see a record of mine being broke by him or any other SDSU player. I am a big fan and my three kids all want Nate Wolters jerseys!”
Norberg credited his assist record with all the great players he called teammates. Names Norberg mentioned included SDSU 1,000-point plus scorers Jason Sempsrott, Kurt Meister and Casey Estling, along with Matt Wallace and Bill Fischer. “Those guys made my job really easy,” he said.
Norberg said he wasn’t a great scorer so he was constantly “looking to set someone else up with an easy basket. That is what makes Nate so great is that he has all these assists while being one of the most prolific scorers in the country. Truly amazing!”