Coyotes advance to semifinals by fending off hot-shooting Oral Roberts


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — After seeing top-seeded South Dakota State get upset before they took the court, the No. 2 seed Coyotes cruised into the semifinals with a 89-66 win over seventh-seeded Oral Roberts Saturday at the Sanford Pentagon. 

Senior Chloe Lamb paced the Coyote attack with a game-high 22 points. The former Sully Buttes standout went 9-of-14 from the field and nailed a team-high four 3-pointers. Liv Korngable added 19 points and Hannah Sjevern finished with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

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Coyote head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said the Coyotes “weathered the storm” and praised the effort from the Golden Eagles. She noted Oral Roberts’ first basket of the game was a 3-pointer.

Oral Roberts drilled 11 3-pointers on 19 attempts to hang with the Coyotes. Freshman Tierney Coleman led the Golden Eagles with 21 points.

South Dakota led 20-15 after the first quarter and increased the margin to 43-31 at halftime. Oral Roberts outscored South Dakota 26-23 in the third quarter making it 66-57 heading into the final period.

Korngable said the Coyotes stayed aggressive in the fourth quarter.

South Dakota (17-5) advances to face the winner of No. 3 North Dakota State/No. 6 Denver in the semifinals at 2:45 p.m. Monday. 

KELOLAND News will have coverage throughout the Summit League men’s and women’s basketball championships on the Summit League webpage full of stories, live blogs during games, livestreams of post-game news conferences and daily highlights from the action on Heritage Court. 

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