WBB: South Dakota leads wire-to-wire in NCAA Tournament win over Baylor


WACO, T.X. (GoYotes.com) — South Dakota women’s basketball led wire-to-wire in a 61-47 win over No. 7/5 Baylor inside the Ferrell Center in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.

The Coyotes (29-5) are just the second Summit League team to advance to the Sweet 16. Sunday also marks the first win over a top-10 nationally ranked team in Summit history.

USD’s historical afternoon included ending Baylor’s streak of 12-straight Sweet 16 appearances and handed the Bears’ just their third second-round loss in 19 tournament appearances. It was the first non-Big 12 loss on Baylor’s home floor since 2014.

South Dakota’s trio of super seniors paced the Coyotes with double-figure scoring. Hannah Sjerven scored 16 points, Chloe Lamb had 15 and Liv Korngable added 11 points and five assists.
Baylor (28-7) was led by seniors Queen Egbo and NaLyssa Smith with 13 and 10 points, respectively. The pair were both members of Baylor’s 2019 NCAA Championship squad.

South Dakota plays the winner of third-seeded Michigan and 11th-seeded Villanova next Saturday in Wichita, Kansas.