Sjerven paves the way for USD victory over Kansas City

VERMILLION, SD (USD) – South Dakota senior Liv Korngable became the 30th Coyote to surpass 1,000 career points in the second quarter of Thursday night’s win over Kansas City inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

South Dakota (22-5, 15-1) held Kansas City (22-6, 12-5) more than 20 points below their average. Tonight marks the 12th time this season the Coyote defense has held an under-50 opponent.

“Tonight we did a great job defending against a really versatile and difficult team to defend against,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “We hope to see a full Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Saturday afternoon as not only do we face a very good opponent, but also when we honor four seniors in their final home game here at USD!”

Korngable hit the 1,000m mark with his signature pull on lane traffic early in the second quarter. She finished with 10 points and a pair of assists in the game.

Sixth-year senior Hannah Sjerven scored her second straight 20-point game with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting Thursday night. She also caught nine boards, blocked a pair of shots and had two interceptions. Tonight marked Sjerven’s 21st career in 20 plays and his fourth in the last six games.

Fifth-year senior Chloe Lamb had 18 points, four assists, three rebounds and two steals.

Kansas City forward Brooklyn McDavid was the only Roo to hit double digits in the game with 15 points. The USD held UMKC leading scorer Naomie Alnatas to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting, half her season average.

The Coyotes led from the opening jump ball and climbed to a 27-point advantage in the game.

South Dakota shot 46.8 percent from the field (29 of 62) while Kansas City finished 33.3 percent (18 of 54). Both teams went 5 of 18 (27.8%) from behind the arc, but the Coyotes outshot the Roos 38-20 in the paint. The Coyotes tied their season high for blocked shots with seven — three by sophomore rookie Kyah Watson, two from Sjerven and one each by sophomore sophomore Jeniah Ugofsky and junior Macy Guebert.

The USD also capitalized with 25 points on 15 UMKC turnovers.

South Dakota returns to action Saturday as the Coyotes host Oral Roberts for senior day at 1 p.m.

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