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Coyotes Crunch Denver Again

Published: Jan. 3, 2021 at 9:12 PM CST
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VERMILLION, S.D.—Senior center Hannah Sjerven scored her 1,000th career point as the Coyotes downed Denver 89-74 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center on Sunday afternoon.

A 12-0 run by the Coyotes (6-3, 2-0 Summit) from the end of the third quarter into the start of the final frame put the Coyotes up by as many as 35 points. Denver (2-8, 0-2) closed off the game on a 28-8 run in the final eight minutes, but it was not enough to catch the Coyotes.

“Today we played really well in stretches, but we have to continue to grow in our defensive energy and communication on every possession,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “We now have to quickly learn and improve from the last two games as we continue to work on our team as well as prepare for UMKC next weekend.”

Sjerven finished just shy of back-to-back double-doubles with 25 points and nine boards in game two. She was 12-of-18 from the field. Sjerven’s 1,000th career point came on her final basket of the game with 6:05 to play in the fourth. She sits 37 points away from 1,000 in a Coyote jersey.

Senior guard Chloe Lamb added 24 points on 7-of-12 shooting and four 3-pointers. She grabbed six boards, handed out five assists and tallied one coast-to-coast steal.

Joining the pair in double-figures was classmate Liv Korngable with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. Freshman Natalie Mazurek put away eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in less than nine minutes.

The Coyotes tallied a season-high 25 assists during the game led by six from freshman Maddie Krull.

Denver’s Uju Ezeudu led the Pioneers for the second-straight game with 22 points with 16 of those points coming from the free-throw line. Meghan Boyd, who led DU in scoring during nonconference, added 18 points and five assists.

South Dakota put in another efficient shooting performance by making 36-of-70 (.514) from the field and 10-of-26 (.385) from 3-point range. Denver shot an improved 21-of-55 (.382) on Sunday, making 12-of-27 (.444) from deep.

The Coyotes outscored the Pioneers 46-14 in the paint.

South Dakota’s winning streaks extend to 20 consecutive league wins, 16 consecutive home victories and 27 consecutive home league victories.

After a 40-point Coyote win on Saturday, Denver kept the game close through the first 17 minutes today. USD capped off the first half on a 15-3 run with eight from Lamb during the stretch.

South Dakota led by roughly 20 points throughout much of the third quarter before an 18-2 run pushed the lead to 35 early in the fourth period.

The Coyotes resume action at Kansas City next weekend, playing back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday with tip-off at 2 p.m. both days.

-RECAP AND HIGHLIGHTS COURTESY USD ATHLETICS

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