SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Four Coyotes scored in double figures as South Dakota used a third-quarter run to top Missouri State 85-74 inside JQH Arena on Tuesday night.

South Dakota (8-1) won its sixth-straight game, while Missouri State (1-5) recorded its first double-digit loss. It also marked the Bears’ third loss at home in the last 20 games inside The Q.

“Tonight was a very good win versus a very talented and well-coached team in Missouri State,” said USD head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “There is a lot of tradition here and playing in Springfield is one of the harder places to play in the region.

“This has been a really tough stretch of games and now it’s nice to have some time to focus on both finals and continuing to improve our team.”

It was a tale of two halves for USD’s leading scorers Ciara Duffy and Allison Arens. Duffy scored 19 of her 23 points in the final two quarters. Arens led the team early with 14 of her 20 points in the first half. This marked the first time two Coyotes have scored more than 20 points in a game since last February.

Duffy was 8-of-12 from the field with five rebounds and three assists. Arens finished 6-of-10 from the floor with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.

Redshirt-sophomore center Hannah Sjerven was aiming for a triple-double with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks. She was 7-of-10 from the floor. Sjerven’s seven blocks was two shy of the school record held by Jodi Boss.

Sophomore guard Chloe Lamb was the fourth Coyote in double figures with 13 points and three assists. Lamb had nine of her 13 points in the third period.

Missouri State was led by senior guard Danielle Gitzen’s 17 points. Freshman forward Jasmine Franklin and junior guard Alexa Willard added 14 points apiece for the Bears.

The Coyotes held a 35-34 advantage at the half, but back-to-back triples by Duffy started an 18-5 run for USD headed into the fourth quarter.

South Dakota shot 56.4 percent for the game, helped by an impressive 11-of-12 shooting (91.7 percent) in the third quarter. It marked the second time this season the Coyotes have shot above 50 percent in a game.

The Coyotes return home to host Bellevue at 1 p.m. Sunday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center. It marks USD’s final nonconference game at home this season.


Taylor Frederick 1-4 0-1 2, Ciara Duffy 8-12 4-5 23, Allison Arens 6-10 5-6 20, Chloe Lamb 5-8 3-3 13, Madison McKeever 3-10 1-2 7, Claudia Kunzer 0-0 0-0 0, Liv Korngable 1-1 0-0 3, Monica Arens 0-0 0-0 0, Regan Sankey 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Sjerven 7-10 3-3 17. TOTALS: 31-55 16-20 85.


Shameka Ealy 3-8 0-0 6, Jasmine Franklin 5-10 4-9 14, Danielle Gitzen 7-12 2-2 17, Brice Calip 2-6 0-2 4, Alexa Willard 5-10 0-0 14, Elle Ruffridge 3-4 0-0 9, Abby Hipp 2-2 0-0 4, Sydney Wilson 0-0 2-2 2, Mya Bhinhar 0-4 2-2 2, Dariauna Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Manning 1-3 0-0 2, Emily Gartner 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS: 28-61 10-17 74.

SOUTH DAKOTA 20 15 28 22 — 85

MISSOURI STATE 14 20 15 25 — 74

Three-Pointers: MSU 8-15 (Willard 4-5, Ruffridge 3-4, Gitzen 1-2, Ealy 0-2, Calip 0-1, Manning 0-1), USD 7-15 (Duffy 3-4, A. Arens 3-5, Korngable 1-1, McKeever 0-3, Lamb 0-1, Frederick 0-1). Rebounds: MSU 31 (Franklin 8), USD 30 (Sjerven 7). Personal Fouls: MSU 20, USD 16. Fouled Out: None. Assists: USD 15 (A. Arens 4), MSU 14 (Gitzen 5). Turnovers: USD 15, MSU 14. Blocked Shots: USD 8 (Sjerven 7), MSU 4 (Franklin 2). Steals: MSU 7 (Franklin 2, Gitzen 2), USD 4 (A. Arens 2). Attendance: 1,820.

S.D. State 71, Chattanooga 54

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The South Dakota State women’s basketball team opened Tuesday night’s game against Chattanooga with a 10-0 run and cruised to a 71-54 win in nonleague action in front of 1,279 fans in McKenzie Arena.

Macy Miller, who moved into second in career scoring at SDSU (5-3) on a 3-pointer in the second quarter, led four Jackrabbits in double digits in scoring. The senior tallied 17 points and was a perfect four-for-four from 3-point range. Paiton Burckhard scored 12 points and grabbed a team- and career-best seven rebounds. Madison Guebert and Myah Selland each had 11 points.

Lakelyn Bouldin led UTC (4-6) with 18 points. Mya Long added 12 points.

Drake 91, Clarke 43

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Becca Hittner scored 23 points to lead No. 21 Drake past Clarke College 91-43 on Tuesday.

Sara Rhine had 22 points, making all 10 of her shots for Drake (8-1). A record crowd of 6,031 at the Knapp Center was on hand for the annual game for elementary and middle school students.

Tina Ubl led Clarke (7-3) with 14 points and Makenna Haase added 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks.

The Bulldogs led 52-22 at halftime and held Clarke to just nine points in the third quarter.

Drake shot 59 percent from the field and made 9 of 18 from 3-point range.

The Bulldogs, who led the country in assists coming into the game, had 29. Maddie Monahan had seven of them.


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