MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University women's basketball team hosted its in-state rival Mount Marty in both teams' second meeting of the season Tuesday night at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans fell to the Lancers 61-37 and give Mount Marty a season sweep over DSU. MMC had won the last eight meetings in the series versus the Trojans.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 6-17. Mount Marty, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, raised their record to 15-9.
The Lancers raced to a 7-0 lead in the early going. MMC would extend their lead to 23-10 with less than five minutes remaining before halftime.
DSU answered back by scoring eight straight points to trim their deficit to 23-18 with 2:33 left before intermission.
Mount Marty closed the first-half with a 7-2 run to grab a ten-point halftime lead at 30-20.
The Lancers maintained their double-digits lead in the game's final twenty minutes. MMC had their largest lead of the game at 61-31 with 2:22 remaining.
DSU was held to four field goals and committed 19 turnovers in the second-half. Mount Marty outscored Dakota State 31-17 in the second-half.
Courtney Hamblin led the Trojans with 10 points and pulled down seven rebounds. She dished out three assists. Katy Pillar added six points and earned nine boards. Jayda Swenson had six points and four rebounds.
Taylor Forsch had 19 points and five assists for the Lancers. She had two blocked shots and recorded three steals. Kylie Gross had a double-double of 14 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. She had three blocked shots. April Winne added 11 points.
Mount Marty shot 40.8 percent from the field (20-for-49) compared to the Trojans' 31 percent (13-for-42). The Lancers held DSU to no 3-pionters in 12 attempts, while MMC recorded six 3-pointers in 19 attempts.
Both teams recorded 32 rebounds in the game.
The Trojans suffered 28 turnovers in the game compared to the Lancers' 14.
Mount Marty had six blocked shots compared to DSU one.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday night. The Trojans conclude their three-game home stand versus their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls (USF won the first meeting from DSU 74-46 on Jan. 17 in Sioux Falls, S.D.). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director