SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The Dakota State University women's basketball team traveled to RVSC-Allee Gym Tuesday night to visit the NAIA's nationally-ranked Morningside College of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Mustangs never trailed in the game as they defeated the Trojans 76-43.
DSU lost their third straight game and dropped their overall record to 6-19. Morningside, No. 5 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, won their seventh straight game and raised their record to 21-6.
The Mustangs raced to 17-3 lead in the first five minutes of the game. MC extended their lead to 38-22 by halftime.
Morningside maintained their lead in the second-half as they outscored the Trojans 38-21.
The Trojans could get no closer than 17 points (42-25) with 18:39 remaining in the game.
Cassie Jacobsen led DSU with 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds. She was 6-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from the free-throw line. Sharee Galbraith was 4-for-5 from the field for nine points off the bench. She had five rebounds. Kylie Westover added seven points and earned six boards. Jayda Swenson had eight rebounds. Courtney Hamblin and Kirby Bertram each had three assists.
For Morningside, Chelsie Trask had 18 points, three assists and three steals. Leann Osten added 11 points. Brittany Alfredson had eight points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Mustangs shot 43.8 percent from the field (28-for-64) compared to the Trojans' 34 percent (16-for-47).
DSU dominated the boards, recording 44 rebounds while Morningside had 28 boards. The Trojans recorded 16 offensive rebounds, but converted into six second-chance points.
MC outscored the Trojans 45-12 points off turnovers in the game. DSU suffered 36 turnovers (which Morningside recorded 25 steals) compared to the Mustangs' 11.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans host another opponent from the Great Plains Athletic Conference, Midland (Neb.), in DSU's final regular-season home game. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director