Lamb, Coyotes Win Third Straight Conference Title

Lamb, Coyotes Win Third Straight Conference Title

The South Dakota Coyotes are going dancing again as USD defeated Omaha Tuesday afternoon winning 66-43 to claim its third consecutive Summit League Championship.

Onida Native Chloe Lamb hit three 3-pointers and scored 17 points as she was named Tournament MVP while teammate Hannah Sjerven led all players with 20 points and nine rebounds. South Dakota climbed the Summit with three wins all by more than 20 points. Lamb, Sjerven and Liv Korngable were picked to the all-tournament team.

Lauren Frost came off the bench to lead Omaha with 10 points and Elena Pilakouta added nine points. The Mavericks finished at 7-13 on the year and were the first No. 8 seed to advance to the championship game.

South Dakota, at 19-5, scored the first 13 points of the game and led 15-5 after one. USD was able to hold Omaha to 2-of-11 shooting and forced four turnovers in the opening quarter. Lamb and Korngable combined for 10 first-quarter points.

Lamb averaged 19 points and shot 61 percent from the floor on her way to being named MVP. She was an all-tournament player last season when Sjerven garnered MVP. Sjerven averaged 16 points and seven boards while shooting 57 percent. Korngable averaged 15.7 points and matched Lamb’s 61 percent shooting.

The Coyotes will now wait for the selection show to determine who they will play in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.