This weekend, the madness continues as the Summit League Tournament comes to town.
USD senior guard Nicole Seekamp, makes it home once a year, if even that much.
So when it’s tournament time, she’s lucky to have a few extra fans in the stands.
In her final season as a Coyote, Seekamp will try to take USD to their fourth consecutive Summit League Tournament Championship.
For the first time since last year’s tournament she’ll have a special fan in the stands. Her mom, Charmaine is here, from Australia, to watch her daughter in her final Summit League run. Just last week, Seekamp’s father, Alan, was also in Vermillion.
“It’s kind of nice to have them spread out and get to have family here for a month, considering that I don’t see them for eight, nine months of the year so it’s awesome to have them here,” Nicole said.
Charmaine says, she enjoys seeing the impact her daughter is making on and off the court.
“Everyone says, ‘ We just love Nicole. We love Nicole.’ And so do I, love Nicole,” Charmaine said.
Seekamp, who’s leading the Coyotes on their 14 game winning streak says having her mom in the stands, makes her a better player.
“You know, it’s awesome. I think she kind of relaxes me during games and she knows how I think in games so after something happens she knows exactly what I’m thinking so I can kind of talk to her about the game. So that kind of helps take the pressure off me and I can get myself focused on the next game,” Nicole said.
Although, the Australian duo rarely see each other, Charmaine says, she’s proud of what her daughter is accomplishing in the states.
“It’s always nice to be around her but she’s only playing basketball for a short amount of time in her life, so she’s to to take any opportunity that comes her way, so one door closes and another one will open,” Charmiane said.
And, when it’s all over, Charmaine says she’ll miss her annual trips to America.
“It really is going to be a sad time when we get on the plane and leave because we won’t be back here for a very long time,” Charmaine said.
But before she leaves, there’s just one last thing, she’d like to see her daughter do this weekend.
“Winning! Winning! That’s it. Playing the best basketball she can,” Charmaine said.
If you can’t make it to the tournament this weekend, you can follow Bailey Milne on Twitter as she’ll be live tweeting updates from the women’s games throughout the tournament.
You can also follow @KELOSports for the latest on all the sessions.
Also be sure to visit our Summit League page for the most up-to-date information during the tournament.