MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University women's basketball returned home to conclude their final two Dakota Athletic Conference regular season games. The Trojans hosted Valley City State in a 'Think Pink' event at the DSU Fieldhouse on Friday night. VCSU out-rebounded the Trojans 54-32 and defeated the Trojans 76-67.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 6-19 and 2-11 in the conference. Valley City State, No. 24 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, won their seventh game in the last eight games. The Vikings raised their overall record to 18-9 and 9-4 in the conference.
Dakota State scored five straight points in the first two minutes of the game. The Vikings answered back with six straight points with a 6-5 lead with 15:22 left before halftime.
With VCSU leading at 17-16 with less than 10 minutes in the first-half, the Vikings stormed with an 11-2 run to grab a 28-18 lead (4:36 left before intermission).
The Trojans trimmed the Vikings lead to seven points at halftime (35-28).
Valley City State recorded 32 rebounds (17 offensive rebounds) in the first-half compared to the Trojans' 17.
VCSU controlled the final 20 minutes of the game as the Vikings held their lead between nine- and 16-points.
Katie Bourk had 14 points and three assists for the Trojans. She was 5-for-9 from the field, including 4-for-8 from the 3-point arc. Kylie Westover added 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. April Mielke scored 10 points and dished out four assists. She recorded two blocked shots. Aneshia Starks scored six points and recorded six rebounds.
For Valley City State, Brittany Lehner scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench. She shot 8-for-14 from the field. Caitlyn Wojahn had 15 points and six rebounds. Amanda Brown scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Mandi Bindas added nine points and recorded seven boards.
The Trojans shot better from the field (40.7 percent) compared to the Vikings' 38 percent. DSU had 10 3-pointers, while the VCSU had three.
Valley City State was 19-for-26 from the free-throw line compared to the Trojans' 9-for-17.
The Vikings had 26 offensive rebounds in the game to earn 23 second-chance points. The Trojans had 10 offensive boards and scored two second-chance points. VCSU outscored the Trojans 44-26 inside the paint.
Dakota State will try to bounce back in the winning column on Saturday. The Trojans host Jamestown in the final DAC conference game at the DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. Seniors will be recognized prior to the game.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director