YANKTON, S.D. - Mount Marty raced to a 42-26 halftime lead over Dakota State in a match-up of in-state women's basketball game at Cimpl Arena Tuesday night. The Lady T's outscored the Lancers 51-43, but Mount Marty held on to an 85-77 victory.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 6-14. Mount Marty, which received votes to the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Poll Tuesday evening, lifted their record to 16-8. The Lancers recorded their tenth straight victory over DSU in the series.
With the game tied at 6-6, the Lancers went on an 11-1 run to earn a 10-point lead at 17-7 with twelve minutes and 45 seconds left in the first-half.
The Lady T's were able to trim MMC's lead to 31-26 with 4:09 remaining before halftime. Mount Marty scored the final 11 points of the first-half to earn a 16-point intermission lead (42-26).
MMC shot 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from the field in the first-half, including 5-for-10 (50 percent) from the 3-point arc. The Lady T's were 11-for-29 from the field (37.9 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game (and 3-for-9 from the 3-point line).
The Lancers maintained their double-digits lead for much of the second-half.
DSU could get no closer than seven points on three occasions (72-65 with 4:36 left; 79-72 with 50 seconds remaining and 84-77 with 12 seconds left in the game).
Courtney Hamblin and Cassie Jacobsen each had 16 points for the Lady T's. Courtney Hulstein scored 15 points off the bench on her 7-for-13 shooting from the field. Kylie Westover had 13 points.
Brittany Rosberg had nine points and earned a game-high 14 rebounds for DSU. Hamblin, Jacobsen and Jayda Swenson each earned four rebounds.
Yui Onodera, Jacobsen and Rosberg each produced two assists for the Lady T's.
April Winne scored 21 points for Mount Marty. She had six rebounds. Taylor Forsch added 19 points. Allison DeKam had a double-double of 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Brittany Lilttle added a double-double of 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Lancers shot 46.3 percent overall from the field (25-for-54). MMC was 7-for-18 from the 3-point range (38.9 percent). DSU shot 40.6 percent (28-for-69) overall from the field and 6-for-24 from the 3-point line (25 percent).
Mount Marty went to the free-throw line 36 times, making 28 free-throws (77.8 percent). The Lancers were 19-for-25 from the free-throw line in the second-half (76 percent). DSU made 15 free-throws in 18 attempts (83.3 percent), including 14-for-16 from the free-throw in the final twenty minutes of the game.
MMC outrebounded the Lady T's 42-35.
Dakota State continues their action on the road Wednesday night. The Lady T's travel to Mayville, N.D. to take on No. 19 Mayville State (N.D.) in an Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference game. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director