MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State missed its first 16 shots of the game Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse as the nationally-ranked Mayville State (N.D.) raced to a double-digit lead. The Comets never trailed in the game as they defeated the Lady T's 77-43 in DSU's home regular-season finale.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 6-17 and 0-6 in Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference record. Mayville State, No. 18 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, raised their record to 20-2 and 9-1 in the A.I.I.
The Comets scored the game's first 22 points to earn a 22-0 lead with ten minutes and 56 seconds left in the first-half.
The Lady T's ended their scoring drought with a basket by Courtney Hamblin to cut Mayville State's lead to 22-2 with 10:37 remaining.
MSU grabbed a 44-18 halftime lead.
DSU was held to 22.2 percent shooting from the field in the first-half, going 8-for-36 from the field. Mayville State was 16-for-34 from the field (47.1 percent), including 4-for-8 from the 3-point arc. The Comets nailed down all eight free-throw attempts in the first twenty minutes of the game.
Mayville State maintained control for the rest of the game, outscoring the Lady T's 33-25 in the second-half.
Kylie Westover scored 15 points for Dakota State. Cassie Jacobsen and Julie Munson each added six points.
Hamblin grabbed five rebounds for the Lady T's. Brittany Rosberg and Jayda Swenson each added four rebounds.
Yui Onodera dished out three assists for DSU. She had three steals. Musnon recorded four steals.
Rosberg, Westover and Hamblin each had one blocked shot.
Hailey Longtin poured in 23 points for Mayville State. She was 10-for-18 from the field. Marcisa McMIllan recorded a double-double of 16 points and earned 10 rebounds. She had three blocked shots. Samantha Heier scored 10 points.
Kay Laforet produced four assists for the Comets. She stole the ball three times in the game.
MSU shot 44.3 percent overall from the field (27-for-61) compared to the Lady T's 25 percent (17-for-68). The Comets were 5-for-13 from the 3-point arc, while DSU made three 3-pointers in 24 attempts (12.5 percent).
The Comets made 18 free-throws in 23 attempts (78.3 percent). DSU was 6-for-8 from the free-throw line (75 percent).
Mayville State had 30 more rebounds than the Lady T's (59-29). The Comets outscored DSU 25-6 in second-chance points.
MSU committed 26 turnovers in the game compared to DSU 14 turnovers.
It was the final home collegiate basketball game for four Lady T's seniors - Hamblin, Onodera, Rosberg and Zirbel.
Dakota State looks to snap their losing skid on Saturday afternoon. The Lady T's kick off their final three regular-season games on the road, visiting Midland (Neb.) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Tip-off from the Events Center is set for 2 p.m. in Fremont, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Informatoin Director