SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Nationally-ranked Briar Cliff, which qualified for the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national tournament 'Sweet Sixteen' last year, raced to a 59-28 halftime lead Saturday afternoon to defeat Dakota State 110-45 at Newman Flanagan Center.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-5. Briar Cliff, ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, won their seventh straight game to raise their overall record to 8-1.
Both teams struggled to find their scoring in the opening minutes of the game. DSU's Julie Munson scored a lay-up with 18 minutes and 17 seconds left in the first-half.
The Chargers took the lead back at 4-2 with 17:48 remaining before halftime. Briar Cliff never trailed for the rest of the game.
BC outscored the Trojans 51-17 in the second-half.
Katy Pillar led DSU's offense attack with 12 points. She was 4-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Munson added 10 points and recorded three steals. Kylie Westover and Jayda Swenson each scored seven points. Swenson pulled down nine rebounds. Courtney Hamblin dished out six assists.
Thirteen different players scored for Briar Cliff. Mattie Murren had 18 points off the bench. Kelah Ciak added 16 points. Sara Reeves had 13 points. Christian Stewart recorded 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Kylie Dilla had 11 points, dished out four assists and stole the ball eight times.
Dakota State committed 45 turnovers in the game, which of those 37 DSU's turnovers are from Chargers' steals. BC had 14 turnovers.
The Chargers shot 57.8 percent from the field (46-for-81) compared to the Trojans' 40.5 percent (17-for-42).
Briar Cliff had two more rebounds than DSU (34-32).
Dakota State steps aside of their regular-season play on Tuesday night. The Trojans travel to the Elmen Center on Tuesday night to play an exhibition game with Augustana College. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director