SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The defending women’s Summit League champions are back on top again. USD rolled to their second straight conference title with a 66-43 win over eighth seeded Omaha.
USD has played in eight of the last nine championships, as Tuesday’s win earned the Yotes their third Summit League title.
“Certainly a very exciting day for our program. I’m just so proud of our young ladies for all that they’ve been through in the last year and how hard they worked,” USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said. “It’s great to see this all come to fruition for them. They’ve worked their tails off and they’ve earned this opportunity.”
View the tournament trophy celebration below:
The Coyotes started the game on a 10-0 run, holding the Mavericks to just three shot attempts.
Omaha finally got on the board late in the first quarter, but it took just under seven minutes. However, the second quarter saw a strong start by the Mavericks as they started a 13-4 run that cut the deficit down to one.
On the ensuing Coyote possession, Chloe Lamb, attacked the rim and finished with a tough layup, giving the Yotes a three point lead. The senior finished the contest with 17 points.
“I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. They have a lot of confidence in me,” USD senior Chloe Lamb said. “Even is my confidence is wavering, I know that they are right there with me. They set me up a ton and I can’t even take the credit for it. I just have to put the ball in he hoop because they are putting me into position, so it’s pretty easy to do that.”
That play helped spark an 8-1 run in the final three minutes as USD took a 29-21 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, Omaha scored first as Elena Pilakouta laid in two of her team high nine points, cutting the USD lead to 6.
That’s when the Coyotes found their stride on offense. Lamb scored five straight points, followed by back-to-back triples by Maddie Krull and Hannah Sjerven, building a 17 point lead.
The third quarter was all USD as the Coyotes outscored Omaha 20-9, while forcing seven turnovers, that lead to 16 points.
Sjerven led the charge in the fourth quarter as she scored six points in five minutes. The USD senior led all scorers with 20 points to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
USD continued their strong defense down to the finish as they held Omaha to just 43 points on 33% shooting from the field. The Yotes also forced 17 turnovers and led the contest the entire way.
The Coyotes will now advance to the NCAA tournament.
Following the contest, the Summit League all-tournament team was announced and USD’s Chloe Lamb was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
SUMMIT LEAGUE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
USD met with the media following Tuesday’s win, here from them here: