MADISON, S.D. - For the first time since Dec. 16, the Dakota State University women's basketball team returned back to action Friday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans faced AIB (Iowa) from the Midwest Collegiate Conference. DSU built the largest lead of the game in the first-half and held on to defeat the Eagles 74-69 in overtime thriller.
Dakota State won their second straight game and improved their overall record to 5-7. The Trojans finished the month of December undefeated at home with a 3-0 record. AIB (from Des Moines, Iowa) dropped their record to 7-8.
The Trojans and Eagles battled through the first ten minutes with three ties and six lead changes. With DSU leading 15-14 with 9:30 left in the first-half, the Trojans used a 21-11 scoring run to gain their biggest lead of the game at 36-25 with less than three minutes remaining before intermission.
Dakota State was unable to convert a field goal in the final 2:55 of the first-half as the Eagles closed with an 11-1 run. The Trojans held a slim 37-36 halftime advantage.
With the eighth tie of the game at 65-65 with 34 seconds remaining in the game, the Trojans committed a turnover with five seconds to go. A 3-pointer shot by AIB's India Shivers at the buzzer fell as the game extended into overtime.
Dakota State outscored the Eagles 9-4 in overtime to seal the victory.
The game featured nine times and nine lead changes.
Katy Pillar recorded a double-double of 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the Trojans. She was 7-for-17 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Kylie Westover added 16 points. Courtney Hamblin scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists off the bench. Julie Munson had 11 points off the bench. Cassie Jacobsen and Jayda Swenson each recorded nine boards.
For AIB, Caitlin Hagarty had 27 points and dished out five assists. She was 9-for-18 from the field and converted 8-of-9 free throws. Hannah Redenius recorded a double-double of 10 points and earned 13 rebounds. Megan Howard added 11 points, four assists and stole the ball six times. Katira Young had 12 points off the bench.
Dakota State shot 42.9 percent (24-for-56) from the field compared to the Eagles' 38 percent (27-for-71). Both teams struggled from the 3-point arc as the Trojans made three in 16 attempts, while AIB had one in 14 attempts.
DSU was 23-for-30 from the free-throw line (76.7 percent). The Eagles converted 14-of-17 free throws (82.4 percent).
The Trojans outscored the Eagles 29-16 in bench points. The Eagles outscored DSU 10-0 in transition points.
Both teams scored 36 points inside the paint.
DSU outrebounded the Eagles 45-36.
The Trojans committed 2 turnovers in the game compared to AIB 18. The Eagles scored 27 points in turnover points compared to DSU 15.
Dakota State looks to make it third straight win as they head on the road on Tuesday night. The Trojans face their former Dakota Athletic Conference member Jamestown, No. 15 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director