WBB: Coyotes hold off North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Freshman Maddie Krull’s forced turnover and ensuing flying made layup with two minutes to go were key plays in the Coyotes holding off North Dakota 72-63 inside the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Saturday afternoon.

Four Coyotes reached double-digits in the scoring column. Senior Liv Korngable led the group with 16 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. She set career highs for both rebounds and assists in the game.

Senior Chloe Lamb’s stat line consisted of 15 points, five rebounds, five steals and a pair of assists. Senior center Hannah Sjerven added 14 points and nine rebounds in 22 minutes. Sjerven, limited in minutes due to foul trouble, also drew 11 fouls off UND players in the battle on the block.

Krull was the fourth Coyote to reach double-digits with 13 points. Six of those came in the fourth quarter to help the Coyotes fight off a comeback.

North Dakota was led by forward Megan Zander’s 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Teammates Jaclyn Jarnot and Claire Orth joined her in double-figures with 13 points each.

South Dakota senior center Hannah Sjerven notched her sixth double-double of the season to pace the Coyotes in a 64-47 win at North Dakota inside the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on Sunday.

South Dakota (12-5) wrapped up its eight-game conference road stretch on Sunday and moved to 8-2 in the Summit.

Sjerven scored 24 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked three shots and stole the ball twice. It was her sixth double-double of the season and fifth 20-point game.

Joining Sjerven in double-figures was senior guard Chloe Lamb with 13 points and freshman guard Maddie Krull with 11. Lamb set a new career high for steals with six and added six rebounds to her stat line.

Sophomore forward Jeniah Ugofsky added seven points, three rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Liv Korngable finished with six points as her streak of 10-straight games in double-figures ended.

Sunday’s game was senior day for North Dakota (2-17, 2-11 Summit), who honored seniors Mikayla Reinke and Julia Fleecs ahead of their final game inside the Betty. No Fighting Hawk reached double-figures in the game with Jaclyn Jarnot and Juliet Gordon both tallying eight points.

South Dakota returns home to the Sanford Coyote Sports Center for the first time in 48 days on Saturday. The Coyotes are scheduled to host Oral Roberts at 1 p.m. Saturday followed by a noon tip on Sunday.