November 16, 2013
Photos credit by Donald Weidler
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team returned home at DSU Fieldhouse for the first time this season Saturday evening. Fourteen different Lady T's player scored in the game as DSU recorded their fifth straight home opener with a 91-37 rout over Trinity Bible (N.D.). The Lady T's never trailed in the game.
Dakota State snapped their four-game losing streak and improved their overall record to 3-4. It was an exhibition game for Trinity Bible as their overall record remained at 1-2.
The Lions missed their first nine shots of the game to allow the Lady T's earn a 16-2 lead with fourteen minutes and seven seconds left in the first-half.
Dakota State's lead continued to grow as they earned a 55-12 halftime advantage.
The Lady T's shot a sizzling 71 percent from the field in the first-half, converting 22 field goals in 31 attempts. DSU was 4-for-6 from the 3-point line (66.7 percent). Trinity Bible was held to three baskets in the first twenty minutes of the game in 27 attempts (11.1 percent).
The Lions opened the second-half with a 17-4 scoring run to trim Lady T's lead to 60-29.
DSU would close the game by outscoring Trinity Bible 31-8 in the final 13:28 of the game.
The Lady T's shot 50 percent from the field (11-for-22) in the final twenty minutes of the game. TBC was 33.3 percent from the field (10-for-30). DSU converted 12 free-throws in 16 attempts (75 percent) in the second-half.
Jayda Swenson scored 13 points off the bench for Dakota State. She was perfect from the field, converting five field goals (including a 3-pointer) and made both free-throw attempts. Kylie Westover and Alyson Drooger each added 11 points. Erin Rabenberg had 10 points on her 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the 3-point arc.
Rabenberg dished out six assists for DSU. BreeAna Olson added four assists.
Rabenberg stole the ball four times for the Lady T's. Olson and Munson each added two steals.
Aaren LaRose led the Lions with 14 points. Kelby Risse added 11 points. Kylie Simonsen had eight points and produced five assists. She recorded three steals.
Kayla Droste pulled down 11 rebounds for Trinity Bible.
Dakota State shot a season-high 62.3 percent overall from the field (33-for-53), including 6-for-11 from beyond the 3-point line (54.5 percent). Trinity Bible was 22.8 percent from the field (13-for-57) and 4-for-23 (17.4 percent) from the 3-point line).
The Lady T's made 19 free-throws in 27 attempts (70.4 percent) compared to TBC 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) from the free-throw line.
DSU outrebounded the Lions 50-24 in the game.
Dakota State produced a season-high 27 assists. Trinity Bible had 10 assists.
The Lady T's bench outscored Lions' bench 56-2.
After the completion of the game, Westover was recognized for her 1,000th-career points at Dakota State. She hit her career milestone in 63-61 road victory at Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 1. Westover became the 18th Lady T's to surpass the 1,000-point club. She scored 1,056 career points after tonight's game. She accumulated 180 3-pointers during her stellar career at DSU, which is the third most career 3-pointers in Lady T's record book.
Earlier in the day, the Lady T's junior varsity team remained undefeated this season with an overall record of 6-0. DSU survived a nail-biter over Iowa Lakes Community College by the score of 67-66 after Galbraith blocked ILCC's lay-up when time expired. The Lady T's junior varsity team is slated to host Northern State (S.D.) on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Dakota State returns back on the road on Wednesday evening. The Lady T's is slated to face No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) – a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference – in a make-up game from Nov. 5 (due to inclement winter weather). Tip-off from the Bultman Center is set for 5:30 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director