Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 3, 2011


MADISON, S.D. - Dakota State outscored Mayville State 11-4 in overtime as the Trojans defeated the Comets 67-60 Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse.  DSU avenged their earlier loss at Mayville State (82-67) on Nov. 5.

The Trojans improved their overall record to 3-5.  Mayville State, which played their second straight overtime game (lost 94-87 in overtime to Martin Luther Friday night in Mayville, N.D.), dropped to 8-4.

The Comets missed its first six shots to open the game to give DSU a 5-0 lead with sixteen minutes and seconds on the clock in the first-half.

Mayville State answered back with six straight points from Hailey Longtin to take their first lead of the game at 6-5 with 15:21 left before intermission.

With the Comets leading at 8-7, the Trojans used a 10-0 scoring tear to extend their lead to 17-8 (DSU had seven assists on seven field goals) with 12:13 left in the first-half.  Mayville State responded back with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 17-17 with less than nine minutes remaining in the first-half.

DSU and MaSU battled through the rest of the first-half with five ties.

A 3-pointer by DSU's Kylie Westover before the halftime buzzer gave the Trojans a 32-29 halftime lead.

Mayville State regained their lead back in the opening minutes of the second-half.  The Comets extended their largest lead to five points on two occasions (43-38 and 45-40).

The Trojans took the lead back at 48-47 by Jayda Swenson's jump with 10:09 left in regulation.

As the Comets led at 55-54 with 5:15 remaining in regulation, both teams struggled to find their scoring in a span of nearly five minutes.

Cassie Jacobsen broke the scoring drought with 25 seconds left with a lay-up to give DSU a 56-55 lead.

With :00.8 seconds left, the Comets send Longtin to the free-throw line for a two-shot attempts (fouled by DSU's Courtney Hamblin).  Longtin missed the first free-throw attempt, but made the second attempt to tie the game at 56-56 and forced overtime.

DSU sealed the game by making 3-of-4 shots from the field in overtime, while the Comets missed all seven shots.  Both Trojans and Mayville State made four free-throws in overtime.

Two Trojans players recorded double-double.  Katy Pillar scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.  Westover added 17 points and grabbed 12 defensive rebounds.  Jacobsen had 22 points on her 11-for-14 shooting from the field.  Hamblin had three steals and four assists.

Yui Onodera, who played her first game this season Saturday evening after suffering from an injury, dished out a career-high 12 assists off the bench.  It was the third most assists in a single game in Trojan women's basketball record book.

Erin Ericson had 15 points for the Comets.  Ashley Homstrom and Missy Kassube each added 14 points.  Longtin scored 11 points.  Holmstrom recorded eight rebounds. 

DSU shot 40.4 percent overall from the field (23-for-57) compared to the Comets' 32.8 percent (21-for-64).  The Trojans were 17-for-22 from the free-throw line, while Mayville State converted 13-of-18 free-throws.

Dakota State outrebounded the Comets 48-32.

Mayville State outscored the Trojans 20-0 in bench points. 

The Trojans committed 24 turnovers in the game, while the Comets turned the ball 14 times.

Dakota State heads on the road on Monday night.  The Trojans look to make it two straight wins as they face their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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