VERMILLION — South Dakota current graduate Hannah Sjerven, the three-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, has inked a take care of the Sydney Flames of the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) in Australia. She joins Abigail Fogg (2017) and Bridget Yoerger (2009) as former Coyotes persevering with their enjoying careers abroad.
Sjerven obtained picked twenty eighth total within the WNBA Draft this previous April by the Minnesota Lynx. While she didn’t make the staff’s closing roster, she acquired the chance by a hardship contract to play in three common season WNBA video games with the Lynx. A hardship contract is a brief roster spot granted by the league when a staff’s participant is out for a number of video games due to damage, sickness or different circumstances. Sjerven made historical past this spring, turning into not solely the primary Coyote to get drafted into the WNBA, however simply the fourth Summit League participant all-time to verify into a daily season WNBA recreation.
In the following a part of her journey, Sjerven ventures to Sydney, Australia, this fall to assist raise a Flames squad that completed on the backside of the WNBL standings in 2022. Sjerven would be the ninth Coyote alumna to play abroad since 2008 and the third to play in Australia’s WNBL (Nicole Seekamp, 2017-20; Amber (Hegge) Cunningham, 2013-17).
A local of Rogers, Minnesota, Sjerven was a three-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, three-time all-Summit League first staff, four-time Summit all-tournament staff and a finalist for the 2021 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year. South Dakota’s all-time blocks chief, Sjerven additionally completed her Coyote profession ranked within the top-10 at USD in scoring, rebounding and steals.
Fogg lately wrapped up her second season with BCF Elfic Fribourg in Switzerland, successful the Swiss Championship for the second-straight yr. Fogg averaged 13.6 factors and seven.1 rebounds in 31 video games. Her squad went 22-2 in league play, to seize the SBL title for the second-straight season as properly.
Yoerger, after 5 seasons with the Musel Pikes, will be a part of the Sparta Bertrange for the upcoming season. It can be her twelfth season in Luxembourg and 14th season enjoying abroad. She averaged 14.7 factors, 14.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per recreation for the Musel Pikes final season. Yoerger lately made the journey again to Vermillion as she was inducted to the Henry Heider Coyote Sports Hall of Fame final fall.