MADISON, S.D. - Twelve different Lady T's basketball players scored in a 112-39 season home opener victory over Oglala Lakota (S.D.) Thursday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The victory extended DSU's winning streak in season opening game to eight straight wins.
The Lady T's head coach Jeff Dittman returned for the first time after a four-year coaching stint at Hastings (Neb.). He holds the most victories by any DSU women's basketball in team history.
Dakota State shot a sizzling 68.4 percent from the field (26-for-38) to earn a 64-24 halftime lead over the Lady Bravehearts. Kylie Westover was 10-for-13 from the field, including 6-for-9 from the 3-point arc for 26 points in the first-half.
The Lady T's outscored Oglala Lakota 48-16 in the second-half to secure the win.
Westover finished the game with 31 points. She was 12-for-17 from the field and 7-for-10 from the 3-point line (tied for third most 3-pointers in a single game in DSU record book). Alyson Drooger and Courtney Hulstein each added 14 points. Cassie Jacobsen, Courtney Hamblin, Jayda Swenson and Katy Pillar each finished with eight points.
Drooger grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots for the Lady T's. Swenson added six rebounds. Pillar had three blocked shots and five rebounds.
Eleven different Lady T's players recorded at least an assist in the game. Hulstein dished out six assists. Hamblin added five assists.
Julie Munson stole the ball four times in the game for the Lady T's. Hamblin, Yui Onodera, Hulstein and Swenson each added three steals.
Alyssa Looks Twice poured in 31 points for Oglala Lakota. She was 12-for-21 from the field. Desirae Blacksmith recorded five assists.
DSU shot 54.7 percent from the field (47-for-86) compared to the Lady Bravehearts' 33.3 percent (13-for-39). The Lady T's was 12-for-25 from the 3-point arc (48 percent).
Dakota State outrebounded Oglala Lakota 45-24. The Lady T's recorded 21 offensive rebounds for 18 second-chance points.
DSU outscored the Lady Bravehearts 57-6 in points off turnovers. Oglala Lakota recorded 40 turnovers in the game, while the Lady T's had 14 turnovers.
The Lady T's recorded 10 blocks in the game.
Dakota State remains home on Wednesday night. The Lady T's host the three-time NAIA Division II defending Women's Basketball Champions, No. 2 Northwestern (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director