MADISON, S.D. - Midland (Neb.) raced to a 20-point halftime lead over Dakota State in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Warriors never trailed in the game as they defeated the Lady T's by the score of 80-68.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 4-8. Midland, member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), improved their record to 7-11.
The Lady T's missed its first six shots of the game to allow the Warriors earn a 10-0 lead with fifteen minutes and three seconds in the first-half.
A jumper by Kendra Lindblad ended a six-minute scoring drought as Lady T's trimmed their deficit to 10-2.
At 21-12, Midland closed the first-half with a 17-6 scoring run for a 38-18 lead.
The Warriors shot 42.4 percent (14-for-33) from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game. MU was 4-for-9 from the 3-point arc. DSU struggled from the field, shooting 21.4 percent (6-for-28). The Lady T's did not make a 3-pointer in 11 attempts in the first-half.
Midland maintained their double-digit lead in the second-half, despite that the Lady T's outscored the Warriors 50-42 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
DSU could get no closer than 12 points at 45-33 with 14:58 remaining in the game.
The Lady T's shot 61.3 percent from the field (19-for-31) in the second-half compared to the Warriors' 43.8 percent (14-for-32).
Alyson Drooger scored 14 points for the Lady T's. She grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and recorded six blocked shots. Cassie Jacobsen and Kylie Westover each added 13 points and produced four assists. Lindblad and Haley Stover each scored eight points off the bench. Stover pulled down eight rebounds.
Taylor Shepard went 7-for-14 from the field and 6-for-10 from the free-throw line to earn 20 points for the Warriors. Kellie Page had 15 points off the bench where she shot 5-for-10 from the field (4-for-9 from the 3-point line).
Shepard and Danielle Stephan each earned seven boards for Midland. Sammy Hislop dished out four assists.
The Warriors shot 43.1 percent overall from the field (28-for-65), while the Lady T's were 42.4 percent from the field (25-for-59). MU was 7-for-20 from the 3-point line (35 percent) compared to DSU 2-for-17 (11.8 percent).
Both teams went to the free-throw line 25 times in the game. The Warriors made 17 free-throws while the Lady T's made 16 free-throws.
Midland outrebounded the Lady T's 41-38.
MU outscored DSU 14-4 in second-chance points and 39-24 in bench points.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Wednesday night as they host another GPAC foe. DSU welcomes Dordt (Iowa) with a tip-off starting at 5:30 p.m. The game will be held at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director