South Dakota women secure Summit League co-regular season championship
Coyotes improve to 24-5; No. 1 seed in Summit to be determined Tuesday morning
MACOMB, Ill. — South Dakota clinched a share of the Summit League women's basketball regular season title with a 75-48 win over Western Illinois on Monday night inside Western Hall.
South Dakota (24-5, 17-1 Summit) will be either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the upcoming Summit League Tournament, determined by the official NCAA NET Rankings released Tuesday morning. Both USD and South Dakota State finished 17-1 in league play. This marks South Dakota’s third regular season title in five years.
South Dakota’s trio of super-seniors led the way in scoring, with Chloe Lamb scoring a game-high 23, Hannah Sjerven tallying 20 and Liv Korngable adding 19.
Lamb knocked down four 3-pointers to pass Ciara Duffy for the second-most career threes in South Dakota program history (238) and the most by a Coyote in the program’s Division I era.
Sjerven recorded her 27th career double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Since 2000, she has the second-most double-doubles behind Mandy Koupal. She also moved past Angie Heisler for third in program history for rebounds at USD.
Korngable tallied 19 points on an efficient 7-of-11 shooting.
Western Illinois (14-14, 5-12 Summit) led 31-30 at the half, but the Coyotes came rallying back with a 25-9 third quarter to take the lead. USD continued to extend the advantage with a 20-8 fourth quarter.
South Dakota shot 41.2 percent (28-of-68) from the field and 36 percent (9-of-35) from behind the arc. Western Illinois finished 34 percent (17-of-50) from the field.