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No. 17 South Dakota women overtake Oral Roberts on the summit

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Taylor Frederick scored 16 points, Hannah Sjerven added a double double with seven blocks and South Dakota number 17 passed the fourth semifinal Oral Roberts 65-43 in the semifinal of the Summit League on Monday.

The Coyotes (29-2) were tied with the Golden Eagles (15-16) after a quarter before dominating the second quarter en route to their 18th consecutive victory.

Sjerven, who had 15 points and matched his career maximum with 13 rebounds, scored the first seven points in a 14-0 quarter-final run, and South Dakota finished with nine consecutive points leading the 35-15 in the middle. The Coyotes were 10 out of 16 from the field and limited Oral Roberts to one cashed in 3 points out of 20 shots plus two free throws.

South Dakota advanced to its third consecutive league game, facing South Dakota’s second seeded state on Tuesday.

Frederick, the sixth woman at the top of the year, shot 8 out of 10, the two misses came in the first quarter when South Dakota was 5 out of 20. League player of the year Ciara Duffy added 10 points. Sjerven, the defensive player of the year, matched the maximum of her career for blocked shots and raised her season total to 63. She finished fourth on the school career list with 126.



Oral Roberts, who lost 12 in a row in the series, was led by Keni Jo Lippe with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

South Dakota gained 65-29 when they scored their last basket with 5 1/2 minutes of play. The Golden Eagles, who lost only two at home in their last game, South Dakota’s only conference game did not win by double digits, scored the last 14 points of the game.

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