VERMILLION — A game of attrition.

That was the description used by South Dakota head coach Dawn Plitzuweit, and she had a valid point.

Another apt description?

Thriller.

South Dakota survived to capture a 105-98 double overtime victory over rival South Dakota State in a wild Summit League game in front of a capacity crowd Sunday afternoon at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

“It was kind of a game of attrition, because the game went so long and such a physical game,” Plitzuweit added.

The result of the battle between two of the country’s top mid-major programs?

Plenty of deep breaths.

There were a total of 64 fouls called, 71 free throws attempted and six players fouled out.

It was truly a game of survival for the Coyotes (14-3, 2-1), ranked second in the latest mid-major poll.

“With games like this, double overtime, it’s a long game,” said USD junior Ciara Duffy, who finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Four straight points for USD sophomore reserve Hannah Sjerven broke a 93-93 tie in the second overtime, and the Coyotes made free throws to close out the victory.

In a game with not too much difference or separation, it came down to trust, Duffy added.

“There are highs and lows, and the lead changed I don’t know how many times, and that’s where we have to look to really trust each other and trust our coaches,” she said.

“And with this group, that’s not very difficult to do.”

Each team had a chance to win earlier in the game — USD at the end of regulation and the Jacks after a 7-point lead in the first overtime.

The difference was, though, USD’s 8-of-12 clip on free throws in the second overtime, compared to SDSU’s 3-of-4.

“We got in foul trouble,” SDSU head coach Aaron Johnston said. “That was certainly an issue we had to try and manage for a long time.”

The Jackrabbits (10-6, 2-1), who beat USD in last year’s tournament championship game, very nearly lost in regulation.

A Macy Miller three-pointer with 6.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter tied the game at 80-80, but a controversial no-call on the final play sent the game to overtime.

Duffy found Sjerven under the basket, but her shot was blocked by Tagyn Larson — the crowd wanted a foul called — at the buzzer.

The Coyotes were, though, able to work the ball inside all game to Sjerven, the 6-foot-2 transfer from New Mexico. She made 8-of-13 shots for 23 points to go along with nine rebounds off the bench.

South Dakota senior Allison Arens added 20 points and six assists, and sophomore Monica Arens contributed 13 points and four assists.

The Jackrabbits, meanwhile, got 31 points, six rebounds and five assists from Miller, who also became the first player in program history to eclipse 2,000 career points.

Larson added 19 points and six rebounds, and Myah Selland had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists. Madison Guebert scored 15 points.

Both coaches were asked about the significance of Sunday’s game, and each said essentially the same thing: It was exciting, but it’s only one game.

“They count as one in the standings, but they feel different,” Johnston said.

The rematch will be played Feb. 24 in Brookings.

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SOUTH DAKOTA STATE (10-6, 2-1)

Tagyn Larson 7-14 4-4 19; Myah Selland 7-12 4-4 19; Madison Guebert 3-13 8-10 15; Macy Miller 11-17 7-8 31; Tylee Irwin 0-3 1-2 1; Rylie Cascio Jensen 0-2 0-0 0; Lindsey Theuninck 0-1 0-0 0; Sydney Palmer 3-4 0-0 7; Paiton Burckhard 2-2 2-2 6; Sydney Stapleton 0-1 0-0 0; Megan Bultsma 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 33-69 26-30 98.

SOUTH DAKOTA (14-3, 2-1)

Taylor Frederick 0-3 3-4 3; Ciara Duffy 7-15 11-14 28; Allison Arens 6-11 6-6 20; Chloe Lamb 5-9 2-4 13; Madison McKeever 2-6 0-0 5; Claudia Kunzer 0-0 0-0 0; Liv Korngable 0-0 0-0 0; Monica Arens 4-7 2-2 13; Hannah Sjerven 8-13 7-11 23. TOTALS 32-64 31-41 105.

SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 16 21 19 24 11 7 — 98

SOUTH DAKOTA 21 18 12 12 11 14 — 105

Three-Pointers — USD 10-20 (Monica Arens 3-4, Duffy 3-7, Lamb 1-2, McKeever 1-3, Frederick 0-1), SDSU 6-26 (Miller 2-6, Palmer 1-1, Larson 1-1, Selland 1-3, Guebert 1-8, Irwin 0-1, Theuninck 0-1, Stapleton 0-1, Cascio Jensen 0-2). Total Rebounds — USD 41 (Duffy 9, Sjerven 9), SDSU 30 (Larson 6, Miller 6). Assists — USD 19 (Duffy 7), SDSU 19 (Selland 5, Miller 5). Turnovers — SDSU 13, USD 11. Personal Fouls — SDSU 37, USD 27. Fouled Out — Larson, Selland, Irwin, Palmer, Burckhard, Allison Arens, Monica Arens. Attendance — 6,004.

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