FREMONT, Neb. - The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball played Midland (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) for the second time this season on Saturday. The Warriors defeated the Lady T's by the score of 77-66 at the Events Center to earn a season series sweep.
Dakota State suffered their fifth straight defeat and dropped their overall record to 6-18. Midland improved their overall record to 11-17.
DSU and MU traded lead seven times in the first nine minutes and three seconds of the game.
With the game tied at 26-26 with less than seven minutes remaining before halftime, the Warriors went on a 12-5 run to earn a 38-31 lead with 4:14 left in the first-half.
The Lady T's trimmed MU's lead at 45-39 by halftime.
Midland shot 50 percent from the field in the first-half, shooting 17-for-34. The Lady T's were 14-for-33 (42.4 percent) from the field.
The Warriors opened the second-half by scoring seven straight points to earn a double-digit lead at 52-39 with 15:56 remaining in the game.
Dakota State could get no closer than nine points on two occasions (52-43 with 14:17 left and 55-46 with 13:47 remaining). The Warriors maintained their double-digits lead for the rest of the game as they secured the victory.
Cassie Jacobsen led the Lady T's with 16 points. She was 6-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-6 from the 3-point line and converted two free-throws. Courtney Hamblin and Jayda Swenson each added 13 points. Hamblin was 6-for-9 from the field. Swenson made seven free-throws in eight attempts.
Swenson pulled down five rebounds for DSU. Yui Onodera dished out a game-high six assists. Julie Munson added four assists.
Taylor Shepard (7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line) and Jamilah Johnson (8-for-12 from the field) each had 19 points for Midland. Joelle Andersen added 12 points. Darien Moon scored 11 points off the bench.
Andersen and Danielle Stephan each had six rebounds for the Warriors. Johnson produced four assists and stole the ball five times.
Midland outrebounded the Lady T's 41-32 in the game.
MU shot 43.9 percent overall from the field (29-for-66) compared to DSU 39 percent (23-for-59). The Warriors went 6-for-16 from the 3-point arc (37.5 percent), while the Lady T's were 5-for-18 (27.8 percent).
DSU was 15-for-17 from the free-throw line (88.2 percent) compared to MU 13-for-14 (92.9 percent).
Dakota State continues their action on the road next week in their final two regular-season games. The Lady T's head to nationally-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) for both teams' third meeting of the season on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D. The final regular-season game will be held at Valley City State (N.D.) next Saturday.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director