SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Omaha women’s basketball team concluded its season with a 66-43 loss to No. 2 South Dakota in the Summit League Championship Final on Tuesday afternoon at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.
The Mavericks are the first No. 8 seed on the men’s and women’s side to make the Summit League Championship Final in tournament history. Omaha finishes the 2020-21 campaign with a 7-13 overall record.
Leaders for South Dakota
Hannah Sjerven led Coyotes with a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds while Chloe Lamb tallied 17 points and six rebounds. Liv Korngable and Maddie Krull chipped in eight points apiece.
Omaha shot 32.5% (13-of-14) to South Dakota’s 44.1% (26-of-59). The Mavericks shot 6-of-12 from beyond the arc and 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. USD outrebounded Omaha 33-27 and outscored the Mavericks 32-12 in the paint.
Inside the First Quarter
South Dakota opened the game with a 13-0 lead before a three by Josie Filer and a jumper by Claire Killian got the Mavericks within eight. The Coyotes forced four Omaha turnovers and hit three three-pointers to take a 15-5 lead after the first.
Inside the Second Quarter
Trailing 21-14, the Mavericks got back-to-back treys from Murdie and Sophie Johnston to cut the deficit to one with 3:21 left. South Dakota answered with a 9-1 run over the next three minutes to take a 29-21 lead into halftime.
Inside the Third Quarter
Pilakouta began the third with a layup before the Coyotes reeled off 13 straight points to stretch the lead to 42-23 midway through the third quarter. Pilakouta added three points in the final minute of the quarter. USD outscored the Mavericks 20-9 in the quarter to expand the lead to 49-30 heading into the final quarter.
Inside the Fourth Quarter
Frost had a team-high four points in the final quarter while Abby Johnson added three points for the Mavericks. Sarah Schmitt scored a layup and Murdie added a basket while Kia Wilson had a pair of free throws.