‘Yotes top Jacks in double overtime



Landon Dierks, Sports Reporter

VERMILLION, S.D. — It took 40 minutes of regulation and two overtimes, but the South Dakota State women’s basketball team fell 105-98 at rival South Dakota on Sunday afternoon at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

Sunday’s loss marked the fifth consecutive time the Jackrabbits have fell to the Coyotes on its home court.

The game was close throughout — especially in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

With her team trailing 70-67 in the final quarter, USD’s Chloe Lamb stepped up with five big points.

The sophomore guard rained in a 3-pointer from the left wing to tie the game at 70 and gave the Coyotes a 72-70 advantage with a pull-up free throw line jumper with two minutes to play.

A  foul sent SDSU senior guard Macy Miller to the charity stripe for a pair of free throws with 25 seconds on the clock, but Miller misfired on her second attempt that would have drawn the contest level at 74.

Perfect free-throw shooting by the Coyotes preserved a one-point lead for the home team, but Miller would make up for her earlier miss by sinking a long 3-pointer that sent the game to overtime tied at 80.

The Jacks opened up a seven-point lead (their largest of the game) midway through the first overtime, but USD would battle back to force a second overtime with the score even at 91 apiece.

It was then that the ‘Yotes rallied to put away the Jackrabbits over the final five minutes of play.

USD benefitted from three 20-point efforts.

Guards Ciara Duffy (28 points) and Allison Arens (20) along with center Hannah Sjerven (23) off the bench carried much of the scoring load for the Coyotes.

SDSU found an offensive balance of its own with four of five starters scoring 15 points or more.

Miller led all scorers with 31 points on 11-for-17 shooting.

All in all, it was not enough as USD held decisive advantages in rebounding (41-30) and bench scoring (36-13).

The Jackrabbits will be back in action at 7 p.m., Wednesday in Frost Arena when they host the University of Denver.