SPEARFISH, S.D. - The Dakota State University women's basketball team began their final Dakota Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Post-Season Tournament on Wednesday night. The eighth-seeded Trojans faced the DAC's top seed Black Hills State in the quarterfinals action at the Donald E. Young Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets survived a scare from Dakota State, 71-62.
Dakota State ended their season with an overall record of 6-21. Black Hills State, No. 9 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, raised their record to 22-6. The Yellow Jackets will host fourth-seeded Jamestown (defeated fifth-seeded Dickinson State 83-65) in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon.
BHSU scored the first nine points of the game to grab a 9-0 lead in the opening minutes. The Trojans answered back to trim the Yellow Jackets' lead to 12-7.
Black Hills State extended their lead to 29-19 in the late first-half. DSU scored seven straight points to cut their deficit to 29-26 with less than two minutes before halftime. The Yellow Jackets went on to lead 34-29 at halftime.
The Trojans were unable to come closer than eight points in the game's final 20 minutes. The Yellow Jackets outscored DSU 37-33 in the second-half.
Aneshia Starks led Dakota State with 15 points off the bench. She was 5-for-10 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Starks grabbed five rebounds. Courtney Hamblin added 13 points and recorded five rebounds. Katie Bourk scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds. Ashley Hansen had eight points off the bench. Cassie Jacobsen had seven points and dished out three assists.
For Black Hills State, Katelynn Lamb had 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds. She was 8-for-12 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Kristi Ryan added 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Bayley Chevron scored 12 points off the bench. Keely Krolikowski had 11 points.
The Yellow Jackets shot 41.3 percent from the field (26-for-63) compared to the Trojans 34.5 percent (19-for-55).
Black Hills State outrebounded DSU 42-37.
Dakota State will be making a transition to NAIA Independent next year, while Black Hills State makes a move to NCAA Division II.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director