November 5, 2013
THIS WEEK: The Dakota State Lady T's continue their action on the road with a pair of games in Iowa. The Lady T's visit the nationally-ranked Northwestern (Iowa) (3-0) Tuesday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Bultman Center in Orange City, Iowa. On Friday night, DSU travels to Des Moines for a match-up with AIB (Iowa) (1-0) at AIB Activities Center. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m.
WESTOVER ECLIPSES 1,000-POINT CLUB: Kylie Westover eclipsed her 1,000 career points during her stellar four-year career at Dakota State. After Westover drained a 3-pointer in the second-half in 63-61 victory at Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 1, she became the 18th Lady T player to surpass 1,000th career point. Westover is a senior guard from Colman, S.D. She drained eight 3-pointers through three games, ranking her 15th-best in the nation. She is 39th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7).
ROAD WARRIORS: The Lady T's are undefeated on the road with a 2-0 record (last time DSU started the season 2-0 was in 2009-10 season) to start the season. DSU kicked off their 2013-14 campaign with a 71-60 non-conference victory at Presentation (S.D.) on Oct. 30. The Lady T's continued that streak with a 63-61 nail biter victory at Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 1. DSU dropped a neutral game to Hastings (Neb.) by the score of 73-58 in the Midland Classic on Nov. 2 in Fremont, Neb.
DSU VS. GPAC: Dakota State will be playing their third opponent from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) on Tuesday night. The Lady T's are currently 1-1 versus the GPAC, including a road victory at Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 1. DSU dropped a 73-58 neutral site contest to Hastings (Neb.) on Nov. 2 in Fremont, Neb. The Lady T's will face two more GPAC members on the road this month, visiting Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Nov. 13 and Mount Marty (S.D.) on Nov. 15.
LAST TIME OUT: DSU went 2-1 for the week last week with victories over Presentation (S.D.) 71-60 on Oct. 30 and 63-61 at Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 1. The Lady T's dropped a 73-58 contest versus Hastings (Neb.) on Nov. 2. Northwestern (Iowa) went undefeated in three games last week, including a pair of victories over members of the North Star Athletic Association—Jamestown (N.D.) and Valley City State (N.D.). AIB (Iowa) opened their season with an 80-73 over Waldorf (Iowa) on Nov. 2.
LADY T'S JUNIOR VARSITY TEAM UPDATE: The Dakota State University Lady T's junior varsity team is currently 3-0 on the season. The Lady T's won a pair of games in the Minnesota West Classic on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 with victories over host-team Minnesota West and Riverland (Wis.). DSU played their third game in four days on Monday night as they defeated Morningside's (Iowa) junior varsity team by the score of 82-70. The Lady T's will play their first home game of the season on Monday, Nov. 11 as they host Northwestern (Iowa) at 6:30 p.m.
DSU BLOCKS RANKS: The Lady T's are third in the nation in total blocks with 11 through three games this season. DSU is ranked 17h in he nation in blocks per game (3.7 blocks). Alyson Drooger records five blocked shots this season and is 5th in the nation for most blocks. She is 18th in the nation in blocks per game with an average of 1.7 blocks. Drooger had accumulated a total of 82 blocked shots through 25 games (3.3 blocks per game).
LADY T'S OFFENSE RANKS: Dakota State ranks 22nd in the nation in total scoring offense with 192 points. The Lady T's are 27th in the nation for total assists with 34 and 30th in total 3-pointers made (13). DSU shot 70.7 percent from the free-throw line through the first three games, which is 37th-best in the nation.
PLAY DEFENSE: According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Monday, the Lady T's are 11th in the nation in 3-point field goal defense (20 percent). Dakota State stole the ball 23 times this season, which is 30th-best in the nation. DSU is 42nd in the nation for allowing an average of 64.7 points per game. The Lady T's limited their opponents to a 37.2 percent shooting from the field, which is 47th-best in the nation.
TEAM LEADERS: Kylie Westover leads the Lady T's in scoring with an average of 12.0 points per game. She shoots 40 percent from the field. Cassie Jacobsen leads the team with 16 rebounds and averages 5.3 rebounds per game. Julie Munson records nine assists (3.0 assists per game) for the Lady T's. BreeAna Olson records five steals this season and averages 1.7 steals per game for the Lady T's. Alyson Drooger have five blocked shots through three games this season (1.7 blocks per game).
LIVE COVERAGE: Northwestern (Iowa) will be providing the live coverage of the Lady T's-NWIA women's basketball game on Tuesday night. Fans are encouraged to go on http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/northwestern.portal#. NWIA will also provide the live statistics and play-by-play on http://live.nwciowa.edu/livestats/bb/gamecenter.asp. AIB (Iowa) will provide the live coverage of the DSU-AIB women's basketball game on Friday night by going to http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/aib.portal#. All the links are also available on www.dsuathletics.com in the 'rolling' calendar of events with pictograph icons.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State Lady T's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State is scheduled to play three games next week with a pair of games on the road and returning back home for the first time this season. The Lady T's play a pair of in-state rivals and GPAC members, starting with Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on Nov. 13. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. On Friday, Nov. 15, the Lady T's visit Mount Marty (S.D.) at the Cimpl Arena in Yankton, S.D. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Lady T's return home on Saturday, Nov. 16 for a match-up with Trinity Bible (N.D.). DSU women's basketball season home opener is set for 5 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director