MITCHELL, S.D. - Monday's night women's basketball game between in-state rivals Dakota State and Dakota Wesleyan saw two different tales at the Corn Palace. The Trojans held the Tigers to 21.9 percent from the field in the first-half, while DWU held DSU to 27.8 percent in the second-half. When the Trojans held a 44-39 lead with less than five minutes, DWU closed the game with a 14-4 run to sealed a 53-48 victory over Dakota State.
DSU dropped their overall record to 3-6. Dakota Wesleyan, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, raised their record to 6-3.
The Tigers jumped to a 6-0 lead in the early going of the game. Dakota State broke their scoring drought by Courtney Hamblin's 3-pointer with sixteen minutes and 32 seconds left in the first-half.
With DWU leading at 12-8 with 11:15 on the clock, DSU sparked a 19-6 run to gain the game's largest lead of the game at 27-14 with 3:14 left before intermission. The Trojans held DWU to one field goal in a span of nearly ten minutes.
Dakota Wesleyan closed the first-half with a 7-1 run to trim DSU's lead to 28-21 at halftime.
The Trojans shot 42.1 percent in the first-half (8-for-19), while draining six 3-pointers in 12 attempts. DWU was 7-for-32 from the field and 3-for-13 from the 3-point arc.
The Tigers began the second-half with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 28-28 with 17:22 left in the game.
DSU would extend their lead to five-point on two occasions (35-30 with 14:04 left and 44-39 with 4:46 left).
DWU regained their lead to 49-44 with 1:22 left in the game.
DSU could get no closer than two points on two occasions (49-47 and 50-48). DWU sealed the victory by converting 3-of-4 free-throws in the final five seconds of the game.
The Trojans committed five turnovers in the final 4:46 of the game as DWU rallied back for the victory.
Dakota State made five baskets in 18 attempts in the second-half (27.8 percent). DWU was 10-for-22 from the field (45.5 percent) in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Kylie Westover had 14 points for the Trojans. Jayda Swenson added 13 points and pulled down five rebounds. Yui Onodera scored 12 points off the bench and dished out four assists. Katy Pillar and Cassie Jacobsen each had seven rebounds.
Kim Johnson was the lone double digit scorer for DWU. She had 15 points on her 5-for-7 shooting from the field, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. Whitnee Clayton had eight points off the bench and earned seven rebounds. Celeste Beck dished our four assists.
DSU shot well than the Tigers overall from the field (35.1 percent to 31.5 percent).
The Trojans suffered 24 turnovers, while DWU turned the ball over 14 times.
Dakota Wesleyan outrebounded the Trojans 35-29.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column on Friday night. The Trojans head to the Lied Fitness Center to face Saint Mary (Neb.), No. 19 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Omaha, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director