South Dakota's Hannah Sjerven selected by Minnesota Lynx in WNBA Draft in third round

Sjerven is USD's first WNBA draft pick in school history.

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South Dakota's Hannah Sjerven turns to the basket as Michigan's Emily Kiser defends during the NCAA Wichita Regional semifinal at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday, March 26, 2022 in Wichita, Kansas.
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VERMILLION, S.D. — University of South Dakota women's basketball player Hannah Sjerven became the first Coyote women's basketball player in school history to be drafted in the WNBA on Monday night.

Sjerven, a native of Rogers, Minnesota, was drafted by her home state's team, the Minnesota Lynx, with the 28th overall pick in the third round.

The 6-foot-2 center averaged 15.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game for the Coyotes, finishing her career as the three-time Summit League defensive player of the year and becoming USD's all-time leader in blocks.

Sjerven's status as a potential pro rose during the NCAA tournament, outplaying Ole Miss' Shakira Austin and Baylor's NaLyssa Smith in the first two rounds. Smith was the No. 2 overall pick to Indiana on Monday, while Austin went third to Washington.

Sjerven averaged 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals in the month of March, leading the Coyotes to the team’s third-straight Summit League Tournament crown and the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.


Preseason workouts for Sjerven and the Lynx are expected to begin next week. Minnesota’s season opener is at Seattle on May 6. The home opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 8 against the Washington Mystics.

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