Coyote women win round one

VERMILLION, S.D. ( —It was a rivalry showdown unlike anything in recent memory. No. 25/21 South Dakota women’s basketball came out firing on all cylinders to defeat in-state rival South Dakota State 83-48 in front of 5,153 fans inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.

No. 25/21 South Dakota (17-2, 6-0) now stands alone at the top of the Summit League standings after handing South Dakota State (14-7, 6-1) its first loss in league play.

South Dakota senior guard Ciara Duffy recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 boards. She also handed out four assists. Junior center Hannah Sjerven joined her in double-figures with 16 points, five boards and a block. Both junior guard Chloe Lamb and senior forward Taylor Frederick scored nine points.

South Dakota State got 12 points from senior center Megan Bultsma and 11 from sophomore forward Paiton Burckhard.

The Jackrabbits fell to 14-7 overall and 6-1 in Summit League play after dropping its first conference contest of the season. The Coyotes improved to 17-2, 6-0 Summit League.

Next up for the No. 25/21 Coyotes are a pair of Summit home games this weekend. South Dakota hosts Purdue Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. Sunday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.  South Dakota State returns home to host North Dakota State on Friday at Frost Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.