VERMILLION, SD — It was a thriller to remember as South Dakota triumphed over South Dakota State 105-98 in double-overtime Sunday afternoon inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in front of a capacity crowd of 6,004.
Three Coyotes surpassed 20 points in the game, marking a first in South Dakota program history for the feat to be accomplished. Junior guard Ciara Duffy scored a career high 28 points, sophomore center Hannah Sjerven tallied a career high 23 points and senior guard Allison Arens pitched in 20 points.
South Dakota (14-3, 2-1 Summit) won its fifth-straight rivalry game in Vermillion over South Dakota State (10-6, 2-1 Summit).
“Players made big plays at the end of regulation and in overtime and then double overtime.” said South Dakota Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit “It just speaks volumes of the effort that our young ladies gave, the effort the South Dakota State players gave. I just thought it was a really fun game to be apart of and we certainly feel forunate enough to come out on top.”
Sjerven reached 20 points for the first time in her collegiate career and finished with a career best of 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. She also grabbed nine rebounds.
Arens posted her 19th career 20-point game with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She handed out six assists without a turnover in the game.
Freshman Alex Arians tossed in a career-best 19 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds to propel South Dakota State to a 79-61 victory over South Dakota on Sunday.
The Jackrabbits (12-6, 2-1 Summit League) won despite a rare off night from double-double machine Mike Daum. He was held to a career-low four points on 1-of-5 shooting. It was just the 10th time in 122 career games that the senior didn’t score in double figures. Daum, who averages 24.9 points per game for sixth in the nation and 10.6 rebounds, had 10 rebounds as SDSU outrebounded the Coyotes 46-35. Skyler Flatten topped the Jackrabbits with 20 points, while Tevin King and David Jenkins scored 14 apiece.
King’s 3-pointer capped a game-opening 22-9 burst by the Jackrabbits, who led 37-25 at halftime. Arians and King nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 20 with 12:07 left to play and the Jackrabbits coasted from there.
Sophomore Stanley Umude was a one-man show for South Dakota (7-9, 1-2), scoring 26 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Cody Kelly added 11 points and seven assists. Umude had 18 of the Coyotes’ 25 first-half points.