South Dakota women and men walk past Denver

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Four Coyotes scored in double figures as South Dakota beat Denver 81-53 Saturday afternoon at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion.

South Dakota senior center (20-5, 13-1) Hannah Sjerven notched her 26th career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She went 7 of 12 from the field, while making three interceptions and blocking a shot.

Freshman guard Grace Larkins tied her career high with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She added two assists and a steal.

Senior guards Chloe Lamb and Liv Korngable rounded out the group with double-digit scoring. Lamb had 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with three interceptions. Korngable finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 effective shooting. She enters next week’s road trip with 20 points shy of 1,000 in her career. She also delivered five assists.

Denver (8-18, 3-12) was led by Uju Ezeudu with 16 points and Indeya Sanders with 10.

South Dakota shot 50.7% (34 of 67) from the field while Denver shot 36.4% (20 of 55).

South Dakota celebrated its annual Pink Game with white and pink jerseys, pink accessories and pinks for honorary starter Becky Jensen. Additionally, USD auctioned off four pink jerseys and raised a record $3,025 for the Dakota Hospital Foundation in Vermillion.

Next up for the Coyotes is South Dakota’s final road trip of the regular season. The Coyotes will face St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Archambault leads the SHU men

Mason Archambault scored a game-high 25 points and South Dakota continued to play well on the road, outscoring Denver 84-76 on Saturday inside the Hamilton Gymnasium in Denver.

The Coyotes showed no fatigue as they played their fourth game in eight days, the last three on the road. They improved to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in Summit League play. They have won five of their last six road games inside the conference.

Denver (9-19, 5-10 Summit) got 19 points, six rebounds and five assists from KJ Hunt, but couldn’t crack the Coyote code. The Pioneers have lost nine straight in the series.

Kruz Perrott-Hunt added 15 points for South Dakota, but it was more production from the bench that pushed USD to victory. Erik Oliver went 3 of 4 from beyond the arc and scored 11 points. Damani Hayes shot 4-for-5 and converted a pair of and-1s midway through the second half when the USD broke free. Hayes totaled 10 points.

Archambault had 12 points in an alternating first half and South Dakota led 39-37 at the break. The Coyotes shot 15 of 30 in the first stanza while Denver shot 15 of 22.

Denver cooled to 36% shooting in the second half and the Coyotes forced 13 turnovers during the game while committing just six. Both teams made nine 3-pointers, but South Dakota beat Denver from the free throw line 21-9.

South Dakota returns home for its final home games of the regular season. Coyotes host St. Thomas Thursday at 7 p.m. and western Illinois Saturday at 4 p.m.

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