RAPID CITY, S.D. - In the final Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) regular season road game, the Dakota State University women's basketball faced SD Mines at the King Center on Saturday. The Trojans struggled from the field and lost to the Hardrockers 78-58.
DSU fell to 6-18 overall record and 2-10 in the DAC conference. SD Mines won their third straight game and raised their record to 12-14 and 6-6 in the conference.
The Hardrockers raced to a 42-21 halftime lead. Dakota State shot 24.1 percent from the field (7-for-29) compared to SD Mines 48.6 percent (17-for-35) in the first-half.
The Trojans outscored SD Mines 37-36 in the second-half.
Aneshia Starks led Dakota State with 13 points off the bench. She had four steals. Yui Onodera added 10 points. Courtney Hamblin had eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Katie Bourk recorded six rebounds.
For the Hardrockers, Ariel Granillo scored 28 points. She shot 10-for-14 from the field, including 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. Jerika Ihnen had a double-double of 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Hillary Hawkins scored 11 points.
SD Mines shot 48.3 percent overall from the field (28-for-58) compared to the Trojans' 30.3 percent (20-for-66). DSU struggled from the 3-point arc, shooting 5-for-28 (17.9 percent).
The Hardrockers outrebounded DSU 50-34.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they return home for their final DAC conference games. The Trojans will face Valley City State on Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director