Hannah Sjerven becomes first former Coyote to get WNBA playing time – Mitchell Republic
MINNEAPOLIS — University of South Dakota alum Hannah Sjerven signed a tough contract with the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, becoming the first former Coyote to earn playing time in the WNBA regular season.
A hardship exception is granted as a temporary place on the roster granted by the league when a player is absent due to injury, illness or other conditions.
Drafted 28th overall by Minnesota in April, Sjerven, 23, appeared in both preseason games where she had 12 points, 10 rebounds and an assist. Sjerven appeared in Saturday’s game against the Chicago Sky, playing four minutes against the defending WNBA champions. The Lynx are on the road this week for games in Los Angeles (Tuesday), Las Vegas (Thursday) and Dallas (Saturday).
The Rogers, Minnesota native made history when she arrived on Saturday by becoming the first Coyote to play in a WNBA game. She is the fourth in 30 years from the Summit League to play in the WNBA. The previous three women – EC Hill of northern Illinois, Marlous Nieuwveen of Valparaiso, Zane Teilane of western Illinois – were members of the Mid-Continent Conference, as the league was once known.
Sjerven was a three-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time Summit League First Team, a four-time Summit All-Tournament Team, and a finalist for Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year. 2021. South Dakota’s all-time blocks leader, Sjerven also finished his Coyote career in the top 10 in the USD for points, rebounds and steals.
Sjerven shot 62.5 percent over three games in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 17.7 points and 6.3 rebounds while leading the USD to the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history.