BOSTON, Mass.— The University of South Dakota women's basketball team used a 13-point run in the final three minutes to defeat Northeastern 80-76  as a part of Boston School Day, in Tuesday's season opener inside the Cabot Center. 

"We showed a great resilience today," said South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. "We are so proud of how our team continued to fight for 40 minutes and how we found a way to be successful against a very good opponent in a very challenging environment."

Senior guard Ciara Duffy, a St. Thomas More graduate, paced all five starters in double-figures with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. She added five rebounds and five assists to her stat line. Junior Monica Arens made her first career start with 16 points and three steals.

Senior guard Madison McKeever's stat line included 13 points, six boards and three steals. Junior guard Chloe Lamb had 11 points and five boards. Junior center Hannah Sjerven nearly tallied a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

South Dakota made the first basket of the game, holding onto the lead until the final minute of the third quarter. Northeastern (0-1) and the students from Boston School Day never allowed the Coyotes to get comfortable.

The Huskies' starting forward Alexis Hill took the game into her hands midway through the fourth quarter, scoring seven points in less than two minutes to put the Huskies up by six. A pair of triples by Husky guard Kendall Currence, with a basket from Sjerven sandwiched in between, gave Northeastern a 72-62 lead with three minutes left.

Duffy knocked down a triple out of the timeout to kick off 13 unanswered points. Arens' converted a 3-point play after stealing a pass in the frontcourt. Arens had a second steal-and-score 30 seconds later to close the Huskies lead to 72-70. Lamb came up clutch for the Coyotes by drilling the triple with less than a minute left to give the Coyotes a 73-72 advantage.

Drama continued to unfold down the stretch with a big-time block by Sjerven in the final 30 seconds and 7-of-8 made free throws in the final minute.

Northeastern was paced by Currence's 19 points, with five 3-pointers in the game. Hill added 15 points, four steals and three blocks. 

South Dakota returns to action at Green Bay at Noon (MDT) Saturday in Wisconsin.

Men's College Basketball

Jacks open season with 70-57 victory

South Dakota State men's basketball opened its season with a 70-57 victory Thursday night over Texas-Rio Grande Valley at Frost Arena.

Three Jackrabbits reached double figures in the win, led by Douglas Wilson's 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Matt Dentlinger turned in a 17-point, 14-rebound effort for his first-career double-double, and Brandon Key added 15 points alongside six assists.

Alex Arians added 10 rebounds for a team that was plus-12 on the boards, converting 10 offensive rebounds into 16 second-chance points.

Maldonado scores 32 to carry Wyoming over Idaho St. 54-40

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Hunter Maldonado had a career-high 32 points as Wyoming defeated Idaho State 54-40 on Tuesday night.

Maldonado finished 12-of-19 shooting and missed just two of his 10 free throw attempts. The Cowboys led 21-18 at the half, which were the fewest points the Cowboys have allowed in a first half under head coach Allen Edwards.

Wyoming held the Bengals to 8-of-25 shooting before intermission including 1 of 11 from 3-point range. Austin Smellie's layup with 14:29 before halftime gave Idaho State its last lead of the game, 7-6.

Malik Porter led Idaho State with nine points and Jared Stutzman scored eight.

College Volleyball

Coyotes sweep SDSU, clinch share of Summit title

VERMILLION – A strong offensive night at the net pushed South Dakota past its in-state rival South Dakota State for the ninth straight time.

The Coyotes, sparked by three in double figures in kills and a team hitting percentage of .331, posted the eighth straight sweep in the Showdown Series, downing the Jackrabbits 25-22, 25-17, 25-11 in Tuesday’s Summit League match before a strong crowd of 1,631 inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

South Dakota pushed its win streak to 21 and is now 24-1 overall and a perfect 13-0 in Summit League play, clinching at least a share of the regular season title, its second in the last four seasons.

Elizabeth Juhnke continued her strong freshman campaign with a three set career-high 20 kills, producing a .366 hitting percentage. She has reached double figures in kills in all but one Summit League match for South Dakota.

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