THIS WEEK: Dakota State (2-4 overall record) plays one game this week. The Trojans travel to Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa to take on the Great Plains Athletic Conference member Briar Cliff (6-1, 2-0 GPAC). The Trojans and Chargers, No. 5 in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Preseason national poll, will tip-off at 3 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: DSU went 1-1 for the week last week. The Trojans suffered a 76-65 home defeat to their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on Nov. 15. DWU used a 16-0 spurt to break off a 17-17 tie into a 33-17 lead with four minutes left in the first-half. DSU could get no closer than six points (46-40) with 11:23 remaining as the Tigers secured the win. Dakota State ended their four-game losing streak on Nov. 19 at Trinity Bible. The Trojans had five players scored in double digits in 80-45 rout over the Lions. Briar Cliff opened their GPAC conference play with two straight road wins over No. 1 Northwestern (Iowa) 76-69 on Nov. 16 and Dakota Wesleyan 96-70 on Nov. 19.
LAST MEETING: Briar Cliff never trailed throughout the game at Dakota State on Dec. 18, 2010 in their last meeting. DSU missed its first seven shots to open the game to allow the Chargers to score their first six points of the game. Briar Cliff raced to a 35-18 halftime lead and extended to their largest lead of the game at 53-29 with 13:04 left in regulation. DSU used a 26-8 scoring tear in a span of nine minutes to trim their deficit to 61-53 with less than five minutes remaining in the game. The Chargers secured a 74-59 victory over the Trojans.
TROJANS RANK NATIONALLY: According to NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, Dakota State ranks 12th in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (16.8) and 18th in total rebounds per game (45.0). The Trojans are 30th in the nation in total rebound margin (+5.7) and 3-point field goal defense (27.2 percent). DSU ranks 32nd in defensive rebounds per game (28.2) and 34th in field goal percentage defense (36 percent).
QUICK LEADERS: Julie Munson leads the Trojans with 11.8 points per game. She shoots 32.5 percent from the field. Munson leads the team in steals with 13 (2.2 steals per game). Sharee Galbraith averages 9.8 rebounds per game (49 total rebounds) for DSU. She ranks fourth in the nation in offensive rebounds per game (4.6) and 12th in total rebounds per game). Galbraith records three blocked shots this season. Courtney Hamblin leads the team with 17 assists (2.8 assists per game).
DSU GETS ANOTHER FOR 2012-13: Dakota State women's head basketball team signed another recruit - Courtney Hulstein - for 2012-13. Hulstein will graduate from Fulda High School in Minnesota this spring. The 5-foot-7 guard averages 18.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a junior. She was named to All-State Coaches' Association and All-Conference. Hulstein currently holds a school record in most 3-pointers made with 96 in her junior year. She recorded 81 3-pointers in her sophomore year, which are the second most 3-pointers in school history. She accumulates 254 3-pointers through three years at Fulda, the most 3-pointers in school history.
COACHES' CORNER: Joe Reints, a native of Willow Lake, S.D., enters his fourth season at the Trojan helm. He currently holds a 93-99 career coaching record. Reints comes to DSU from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. where he served as head coach of the Lady Eagles, an NAIA Division I school, for three seasons. The Lady Eagles earned the 2007 NAIA Division I National Championship. Reints had additional coaching experience with Mount Marty College, Northern State University and Texas State University.
COACH STOEBNER: Chris Stoebner returns back to South Dakota after being an assistant men's basketball coach at St. Olaf (Minn.) last season. Prior to St. Olaf, he was the girls' basketball head coach and guidance counselor at Orono High School in Long Lake, Minn. for three years. Stoebner played for South Dakota State University Jackrabbit men's basketball team during his four-year collegiate career and qualified to the regional tournament in each year. He was named to All-Conference team in his senior year and earned North Central Conference All-Academic Honorable Mention in 2002 and 2003.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State women's basketball and athletics all season long at www.dsuathletics.com
UP NEXT: Dakota State plays an exhibition game on Tuesday night, Nov. 29 at NCAA Division II Augustana (S.D.). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Trojans return home on Saturday, Dec. 3 at DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans face their former Dakota Athletic Conference foe Mayville State for their second meeting of the season. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director