MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State built the largest lead in the first-half Wednesday evening versus in-state rival Mount Marty at DSU Fieldhouse. The Lancers mounted a rally in the second-half to defeat the Lady T's by the score of 66-60.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 3-6. Mount Marty, member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, improved their record to 5-4 and won their ninth straight meeting in the series with DSU.
The Lady T's held Mount Marty to 14.3 percent shooting from the field (2-of-14) in the first eight minutes and 49 seconds as DSU earned a 17-5 lead. Dakota State was 7-for-13 (53.8 percent).
Yui Onodera nailed down a 3-pointer shot to give the Lady T's a nine-point halftime lead at 37-28.
DSU shot 53.6 percent from the field (15-for-28), including 5-for-13 from the 3-point line, in the game's first twenty minutes. The Lancers were 33.3 percent from the field (11-for-33).
With the Lady T's leading at 41-30 with 18:38 remaining, Mount Marty used a 16-4 scoring run in a span of 10 minutes to overtake the lead at 46-45.
The Lancers would extend their lead to 60-53 with 2:30 left. The Lady T's could get no closer than four points on two occasions (60-56 with 54 seconds left and 62-58 with 34 seconds left).
Mount Marty converted 16 free-throws in the second half in 23 attempts (69.6 percent). Dakota State went to free throw line six times, making three free-throws.
MMC outscored the Lady T's 38-23 in the second-half.
Alyson Drooger was one rebound shy for recording a triple-double for the Lady T's. She scored 16 points, recorded 11 blocked shots and pulled down nine rebounds. Drooger broke the Lady T's basketball school record for most blocked shots in a single game (previously set by Maria Gengler with 10 blocks versus Peru State on Dec. 1, 2006). She was 7-for-9 from the field.
Julie Munson had a double-double of 14 points and earned 11 boards off the bench for Dakota State. She dished out three assists and stole the ball three times. Kylie Westover added nine points. Cassie Jacobsen scored eight points. Yui Onodera and Courtney Hulstein each recorded three assists.
Four players scored in double digits for the Lancers. April Winne had 17 points and produced seven assists. She was 10-for-13 at the free-throw line. Allison De Kam added 16 points on her 8-for-17 shooting from the field. Brittany Little had a double-double of 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Taylor Forsch scored 11 points. Holly Hegge earned seven rebounds.
Dakota State shot 41 percent overall from the field (25-for-61) compared to the Lancers' 34.4 percent (21-for-61). Both teams made five 3-pointers in the game.
The Lancers went to the free-throw line 28 times in the game, making 19 free-throws (67.9 percent). Dakota State was 5-for-10 from the free-throw line (50 percent).
Mount Marty won the rebounding battle over the Lady T's 43-40.
DSU's bench outscored the Lancers 22-4 in the game.
Dakota State plays an exhibition game Thursday night at USD DakotaDome. DSU faces NCAA Division I South Dakota. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Vermillion, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director