MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State overcame a sluggish start Friday night at DSU Fieldhouse, hosting Trinity Bible (N.D.). The Trojans erased a nine-point deficit in the first-half to defeat the Lions 78-62 to give DSU's head women's basketball coach Joe Reints his 100th career collegiate win.
Dakota State snapped their nine-game losing streak to improve their overall record to 6-16. Trinity Bible dropped their record to 15-11.
The Lions went 3-for-4 from the field in the first two minutes and 10 seconds of the game to earn a quick 7-0 lead. DSU missed its first four shots during that span.
Katy Pillar's lay-up with 17:05 left ended the scoring drought for DSU.
Trinity Bible would extend their lead to nine-point at 18-9 with less than 13 minutes before halftime.
The Trojans answered back with a 29-14 scoring surge to close the first-half for a 38-32 halftime lead.
DSU maintained control in the final twenty minutes of the game to seal the victory as they outscored the Lions 40-30. Trinity Bible could get no closer than seven points (39-32) with 19:43 remaining in the game.
The Trojans had their largest lead of the game in two occasions (71-48 and 73-50).
Dakota State had four starters scored in double digits led by Kylie Westover's 25 points. She was 9-for-19 from the field, including 7-for-12 from the 3-point arc (tied for third in DSU's record book for most 3-pointers in a single game). Westover had six rebounds. Pillar added 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Cassie Jacobsen had 11 points and earned nine boards. Julie Munson tallied in 10 points and dished out six assists. Jayda Swenson scored eight points off the bench, while Kirby Bertman added seven points. Jaynie Spier pulled down eight rebounds.
Treva Nutter poured in 21 points for the Lions. She was 7-for-19 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Nutter dished out six assists. Shianne Montgomery added 17 points and recorded three steals. Kayla Droste scored 13 points and earned five rebounds.
DSU shot 46.7 percent from the field (28-for-60) compared to TBC's 45.3 percent (24-for-53). The Trojans were 9-for-21 from the 3-point line, while the Lions were 7-for-14.
The Trojans outrebounded Trinity Bible 48-21.
Dakota State continues their three-game home stand on Tuesday night. The Trojans host their in-state rival Mount Marty for their second meeting of the season (MMC won the first meeting 70-49 on Nov. 8, 2011 in Yankton, S.D.). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director