VERMILLION, S.D. — South Dakota's Hannah Sjerven was fouled on a putback attempt with .02 seconds remaining, then made a free throw to seal an 82-81 victory over North Dakota State on Saturday at the Coyote Sports Center.
With the game tied 81-81, USD's Maddie Krull missed a layup with one second left but Sjerven rebounded and drew contact. She missed the first foul shot, made the second for the game-winner and NDSU had no time for a response.
The Bison trailed by double-digits early in the fourth quarter but rallied to tie the game at 81 with 21 seconds left on a Heaven Hamling 3-pointer.
The Coyotes (15-5 overall and 11-2 in the Summit League) have tied the Summit League record 30 consecutive home wins.
North Dakota State (14-7, 9-6 Summit) dropped its third-straight game to a school from the state of South Dakota. The Bison were led by Hamling’s 30 points with eight 3-pointers. She was joined in double-figures by Emily Dietz with 11 points, Reneya Hopkins with 11 points off the bench and Michelle Gaislerova with 10.
Coyote senior Chloe Lamb scored a team-high 22 points and Krull pitched in a career high 20 points. Sjerven and Liv Korngable both scored 12.
The teams finish the regular season at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in Vermillion.