MADISON, S.D. - The Dakota State University women's basketball team hosted Dordt College (Iowa) on Tuesday night at DSU Fieldhouse. The Defenders handed DSU their first loss of the season by a 63-61 score.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-1. Dordt remained undefeated in three games, all against Dakota Athletic Conference members.
There were six ties along with eight lead changes in the first-half. Dordt was able to hold a five-point lead (largest by either team in the first-half) at 32-27 with 1:47 left to go in the half. DSU closed the first-half on 5-0 run to tie the game at 32.
The first ten minutes of the second-half was much similar as the first-half start as both teams held five-point leads of their own, only to see the other team come back to tie the game.
DSU led at 43-38 with 14:29 left in regulation. Dordt went on a 19-3 run over the span of nine minutes to open up a 57-46 lead with 5:17 left to play.
With 1:13 left on the clock, DSU's Aneshia Starks tied the game at 59 with two free-throws. Dordt secured the victory with a 4-2 run as a last second shot by Starks bounced off the rim.
The Trojans had four players in double figures led by freshman Courtney Hamblin with 15 points on her 5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. Katie Bourk had 12 points. Starks scored 11 points. Cassie Jacobsen scored 10 points off the bench. She shot a perfect 4-for-4 from the field, including 1-for-1 from the 3-point line and 1-for-1 at the free-throw line. April Mielke grabbed nine rebounds, six of them on the offensive side.
Brianna Spronk scored 16 points to lead Dordt. Bre Schneidermann had 11 points and Amber Soodsma added 10. Spronk also led the Defenders with eight rebounds.
DSU outrebounded the Defenders 38-34. The Trojans recorded 14 offensive rebounds compared to the Defenders' five.
Dordt committed 20 turnovers compared to DSU 18.
Dakota State shot 31.1 percent (19-for-61) from the field and 6-for-18 (33.3 percent) from the 3-point line. Dordt shot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the field for the game and 5-for-13 from the 3-point line (38.5 percent).
Dakota State shot better at the free-throw line, going 15-for-17 (88.2 percent) compared to Dordt's 10-for-18 (55.6 percent).
Dakota State will start their eight straight road games on Saturday. The first stop for the Trojans will be against the 2010 defending champions and current NAIA Women's Basketball Division II's Preseason No. 1 Northwestern (Iowa). Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director