OMAHA, Neb. (USD) — Maddie Krull found Hannah Sjerven open for a layup under the basket with three seconds left to give South Dakota a 73-71 victory on Thursday night inside D.J. Sokol Arena.
South Dakota (7-3) has won five in a row entering Summit League play next week. It was the first loss for Creighton (6-3) on their home floor this season.
Four of the five Coyote starters finished in double-figures. Senior guard Chloe Lamb finished with a team-high 20 points, Sjerven tallied 17, Krull pitched in a season-best 16 points and senior guard Liv Korngable finished with 12 points. Freshman guard Kyah Watson added eight points, all in the second half.
Creighton was led by Sioux Falls native Emma Ronsiek’s 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Tatum Rembao joined her in double-figures with 15 points.
Creighton led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter and held a 38-30 lead at the halftime break.
South Dakota knocked down six of its season-best 11 3-pointers in the third quarter, shooting lights out at 81.8 percent for the frame. There were only six missed shots combined between the two teams during the third quarter. USD entered the final frame trailing by four points, 61-57.
With 7:39 remaining in the fourth quarter, Watson knocked down an open 3-pointer to bring the Coyotes within one point at 64-63. She came up with a steal on the other end and Lamb scored on a pull-up to give the Coyotes their first lead of the game with 7:10 to play.
Creighton’s Ronsiek gave the Bluejays the lead back twice on a pair of buckets in the next two minutes, bookending a Krull 3-pointer. Sjerven tied it at 69-all from the free-throw line with 4:38 to play.
A tough defensive battle ensued for the next three minutes with neither team scoring. Ronsiek ended the drought with a layup just before the final minute. Watson tied it up again at 71-all on a pair of made free-throws with 40 seconds left.
The Bluejays missed their next attempt, giving USD the opportunity to advance the ball and a chance at the final shot. Krull drew out two defenders on a pick-and-roll, leaving Sjerven open beneath the basket for a layup in the final seconds.
South Dakota shot at a 49.1 percent (28-of-57) clip for the game and made a season-best 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from behind the arc. It marked the first time USD’s scored 10 or more 3-pointers in a game since Feb. 28. Creighton shot 56.3 percent (27-of-48) from the floor and made 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from deep.
The Coyotes hit the road to begin Summit League action next week. Oral Roberts is up first at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma.