MADISON, S.D. - South Dakota Mines women's basketball team built a double-digit lead over Dakota State for the majority of the game Saturday afternoon at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans mounted a rally late in the second-half before the Lady Hardrockers escaped for a 73-62 victory.
Dakota State dipped their overall record to 5-15 and suffered their eighth straight defeat. South Dakota Mines, a member of NCAA Division II, raised their record to 9-8.
SDM opened the game by scoring ten straight points from all five starters for a 10-0 lead. Dakota State was limited to one field goal in the first six minutes and 11 seconds to give the Lady Hardrockers a 14-2 lead.
South Dakota Mines extended their lead to 40-25 at halftime.
The Lady Hardrockers continued to maintain their double digits in the second-half.
The Trojans trimmed their deficit to single digits for the first time since in the early first-half at 65-55 with 3:39 remaining in the game.
Dakota State got no closer than six points at 68-62 with 1:14 left in the game as SD Mines escaped with an eleven-point victory. The Hardrockers converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:04 of the game.
Four starters scored in double digits for DSU. Katy Pillar tallied in 17 points and pulled down five rebounds. Cassie Jacobsen added 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists. Julie Munson scored 12 points and stole the ball three times. Kylie Westover had 10 points and recorded a game-high six assists.
All five starters scored in double digits for the Lady Hardrockers. Justine Blade went 9-for-14 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free-throw line for 20 points. She had seven rebounds and recorded four blocked shots. Blade dished out five assists and stole the ball three times. Shalane Hampp had 15 points. Hillary Hawkins added 12 points and three steals. Janele Strampe and Katie Strandholm each had 10 points. Strampe had eight rebounds.
South Dakota Mines shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-for-60) compared to the Trojans' 40 percent (22-for-55).
DSU had a slim rebounding advantage over SDM 35-34.
The Lady Hardrockers poured in 38 points inside the paint, while DSU scored 20 points in the paint.
The Trojans committed 22 turnovers in the game compared to SDM 15.
Dakota State heads on the road on Wednesday night to face a former Dakota Athletic Conference member. The Trojans visit Valley City State for both teams' second meeting of the season. VCSU won the first meeting 68-52 on Jan. 8 at DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off from the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m. in Valley City, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director