WBB: Coyotes secure two seed in Summit Tourney

VERMILLION, S.D. (GoYotes.com) —South Dakota senior Hannah Sjerven, fouled on an offensive putback with .02 seconds remaining, made one-of-two from the line to seal an 82-81 victory for the Coyotes inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.

Senior Chloe Lamb scored a team-high 22 points and freshman Maddie Krull pitched in a career high 20 points, marking the first time two Yotes have surpassed 20 points in a game since Jan. 3. Joining them in double-figures were seniors Hannah Sjerven and Liv Korngable with 12 apiece.

Sjerven tallied her eighth double-double of the year with 12 points and 12 rebounds. She added three steals and two blocks.

Liv Korngable added seven assists and six rebounds to her stat line. The league’s leader in assist-to-turnover ratio, she was 7-to-1 on Saturday.

The Bison were led by guard Heaven Hamling’s 30 points with eight 3-pointers. She was joined in double-figures by Emily Dietz with 11 points, Reneya Hopkins with 11 points off the bench and Michelle Gaislerova with 10.

South Dakota senior Hannah Sjerven tallied her third-straight double-double to lead the Coyotes to an 81-61 senior day victory over North Dakota State on Sunday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

South Dakota (16-5, 12-2) set a new Summit League record for consecutive home league wins with 31.

USD honored its five seniors – Sjerven, Liv Korngable, Chloe Lamb, Claudia Kunzer and Monica Arens – ahead of tip-off. This class has never lost at home to a Summit League team and are 52-3 overall on Abbott Court.

Sjerven finished with 24 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots and four assists. It marks her ninth double-double of the season and a season-high for blocks. She moved to second in USD history for blocked shots during the game, passing alumna Amber Hegge (2007-12) with 178 in her Coyote career. Sjerven’s senior campaign includes 20 outings in double figures with seven 20-point games.

Korngable added 19 points, a career-high eight assists and career-best five steals.

Freshman Maddie Krull added 11 points in limited minutes for her sixth-straight game in double-digits. Sophomore Macy Guebert made 4-of-4 off the bench to tie her season high of 11 points.

Lamb added nine points, while Kunzer pulled down four rebounds with two steals. Sophomore Jeniah Ugofsky came off the bench for senior day with seven points and three boards.

North Dakota State (14-8, 9-7 Summit) locked in the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Summit League Tournament. The Bison were led by Heaven Hamling for the second-straight game. She followed up yesterday’s 30-point game with 19 on Sunday. All 19 points came in the second half as the Coyote defense held her to 0-for-3 in the first. NDSU’s Ryan Cobbins added 15 and Emily Dietz scored 10.

Next on the slate for the Coyotes is the Summit League Tournament to be held at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. South Dakota secured the No. 2 seed for the tournament and will play Oral Roberts at 2:45 p.m. Saturday, March 6.