VALLEY CITY, N.D. - The Dakota State University Lady T's and Valley City State (N.D.) played their regular-season finale Saturday afternoon at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse. The Vikings held a five-point halftime lead and shot 61.9 percent in the second-half to earn an 86-64 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference victory over the Lady T's.
There were eight ties and eight lead changes in the first-half between DSU and VCSU. The Vikings held a 40-35 intermission lead.
The Lady T's were 52.2 percent from the field (12-for-23) in the first twenty minutes of the game, including a 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) display from the 3-point line. Valley City State was 45.7 percent from the field (16-for-35) and 1-for-8 (12.5 percent) from the 3-point arc in the first-half.
VCSU outscored the Lady T's 46-29 in the second-half to secure the victory.
The Vikings shot 13-for-21 from the field and converted 19 free-throws in 29 attempts (65.5 percent) in the second-half. DSU was 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) and 8-for-12 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent) in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Kylie Westover poured in 25 points for the Lady T's. She was 10-for-19 from the field, including four 3-pointers. Cassie Jacobsen added 18 points on her 6-for-10 shooting from the field and 4-for-7 from the free-throw line. Julie Munson had seven points.
Brittany Rosberg pulled down five rebounds for DSU. Alyson Drooger earned four rebounds and recorded three blocked shots.
Munson dished out four assists and stole the ball three times for the Lady T's. Yui Onodera added four assists.
Brittany Lehner was 10-for-16 from the field and made all four free-throws to earn 24 points for VCSU. Alysaa Hummel added 15 points. Kelsey Hunter had nine points.
Sadiqah Jihad scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Vikings. She dished out six assists and recorded six steals.
Valley City State shot 51.8 percent overall from the field (29-for-56) compared to the Lady T's 46.7 percent (21-for-45). DSU drained nine 3-pointers in 21 attempts (42.9 percent), while the Vikings were 2-for-10 from the 3-point line.
VCSU went to the free-throw line 37 times and made 26 free-throws (70.3 percent) in the game. Dakota State was 13-for-19 from the free-throw line (68.4 percent).
The Vikings had a slim rebounding advantage, recording 29 rebounds compared to DSU 28 rebounds.
Dakota State ended season with an overall record of 6-20 and 0-8 A.I.I. The Lady T's did not qualify for the A.I.I. Division II Women's Basketball Conference Tournament.
Valley City State, receiving votes to the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' national poll, improved their overall record to 22-6 and 9-4 A.I.I. The Vikings will prepare for the A.I.I. Conference tournament on Feb. 22-24 in Jamestown, N.D.
It was the final collegiate basketball career game for Onodera, Rosberg, Courtney Hamblin and Toni Zirbel.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director