Hours after Creighton stunned Iowa on Sunday afternoon, South Dakota decided to join in on the fun.
The Coyotes took down Baylor 61-47 on its home floor for the second 10-seed upset of a 2-seed on the day. The Bears had made the Sweet 16 12 consecutive times prior to this loss, snapping the fourth-longest such streak in NCAA tournament history.
After a strong surge at the end of the regular season and in the Big 12 tournament, where her team fell in the championship game to Texas, Nicki Collen concludes her first season at the helm in Waco with a 28-7 record.
Baylor star NaLyssa Smith, an expected top-two WNBA draft pick next month, had 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting in Sunday’s loss.
The Bears’ early exit marks the first time since 2016 that two or more top-two seeds lost in the first two rounds of the tournament. That year, Maryland and Arizona State, both 2-seeds, lost in the second round. It is also the first time since 2018 that two double-digit seeds made the Sweet 16 (Central Michigan and Buffalo did so that year).
With the win, South Dakota advances to the program’s first Sweet 16 in school history. It is just the second time a program from the Summit League has made it to the second weekend of the tournament, with South Dakota State previously making the Sweet 16 in 2019.
South Dakota, which upset 7-seed Ole Miss in the first round to clinch a matchup with the Bears, led for all but the first 32 seconds of the game.