Sjerven signs in Australia and other Coyote pro updates
VERMILLION, SD—Recent graduate from South Dakota Hannah Sjerven, three-time Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, has signed a deal with 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 continuing their playing careers overseas.
Sjerven was selected 28th overall in the WNBA draft last April by the Minnesota Lynx. Although she did not make the team’s final roster, she had the opportunity, through a difficult contract, to play in three WNBA regular season games with the Lynx. A hardship contract is a temporary roster spot granted by the league when a player on a team is absent for multiple games due to injury, illness, or other conditions. Sjerven made history this spring, becoming not only the first Coyote to be drafted into the WNBA, but also the fourth Summit League player of all time to appear in a WNBA regular season game.
In the next part of his journey, Sjerven ventures to Sydney, Australia this fall to help lift a Flames team that finished bottom of the WNBL rankings in 2022. Sjerven will be the ninth former Coyote to play in the overseas since 2008 and the third to play in the Australian WNBL (Nicole Seekamp, 2017-20; Amber (Hegge) Cunningham, 2013-17).
A native of Rogers, Minnesota, 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 runner-up for the Becky Hammon Mid. -Major 2021. Player of the Year. South Dakota’s all-time blocks leader, Sjerven also finished his Coyote career in the USD top 10 in points, rebounds and steals.
Fog recently concluded his second season with BCF Elfic Friborg in Switzerland, winning the Swiss Championship for the second consecutive year. Fogg averaged 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 31 games. His side went 22-2 in the league, to also win the SBL title for the second consecutive season.
Yoerger, after five seasons with the Musel Pikes, will join Sparta Bertrange for the upcoming season. This will be his 12th season in Luxembourg and his 14th season abroad. She averaged 14.7 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game for the Musel Pikes last season. Yoerger recently made the trip back to Vermillion when she was inducted into the Henry Heider Coyote Sports Hall of Fame last fall.