October 30, 2013
ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team debuts their 2013-14 season Wednesday evening at the Strode Center, visiting Presentation (S.D.) in a non-conference game. The Lady T's opened the game by scoring four straight points and never trailed in the game to earn a 71-60 season-opening game victory.
The victory gave the Lady T's their ninth consecutive season-opening game win since 2005. Presentation, who joined the National Intercollegiate Association of Athletics (NAIA) and North Star Athletic Association (NSAA), dropped their overall record to 0-2.
DSU opened the game by earning a 4-0 lead with sixteen minutes and 38 seconds left in the first-half.
The Lady T's continued their scoring run as their lead grew to 14-4 with 12:20 remaining before intermission.
With DSU leading 29-19, the Saints closed the first-half with a 13-6 scoring run as the Lady T's held a 35-32 halftime advantage.
Dakota State shot 46.6 percent in the first-half, converting 14 field goals in 30 attempts. Presentation was 9-for-30 from the field (30 percent) and made 13 free-throws in 14 attempts.
The Lady T's started the second-half with a 9-4 scoring run to regain a double-digit lead at 44-34 with less than 17 minutes left in the game.
The Saints could get no closer than six points on two occasions – 45-39 with 14:03 left and 47-41 with 12:26 remaining.
DSU expanded to their largest lead of the game at 60-42 with 7:57 remaining and secured the game by hold double-digits lead for the rest of the game.
The Lady T's outscored PC 36-28 in the second-half.
Dakota State was 31.3 percent from the field (10-for-32) and made 13 free-throws in 19 attempts (68.4 percent) in the game's final 20 minutes. PC was 8-for-27 from the field (29.6 percent) and 12-for-19 from the free-throw line (63.2 percent).
Four Lady T's scored in double digits in the game. Cassie Jacobsen and Katy Pillar each scored 13 points off the bench for the Lady T's. Jacobsen was 7-for-8 from the free-throw line. Erin Rabenberg added 11 points. Kylie Westover scored 10 points. Jayda Swenson had nine points off the bench.
Jacobsen pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for DSU. Rabenberg added seven rebounds. Pillar earned six rebounds.
Drooger led DSU with four blocked shots. Westover, Olson, Rabenberg and Pillar each had a blocked shot.
Olson and Pillar each recorded two steals for the Lady T's.
Hannah Phillips and Janvier Barbarin each had 13 points for Presentation. Phillips was 9-for-11 from the free-throw line. Rachel Fuhrmann and Jackie Miller each had 12 points.
Phillips grabbed down eight rebounds for the Saints. Miller added seven rebounds.
PC Abbie Geraci and Miller each recorded three assists. Phillips stole the ball six times in the game.
The Lady T's shot 38.7 percent overall from the field (24-for-62). DSU was 5-for-19 from the 3-point arc and converted 18 free-throws in 27 attempts (66.7 percent).
Presentation was held to 29.8 percent overall shooting from the field (17-for-57). The Saints were 1-for-5 beyond the 3-point line. PC went to the free-throw line 33 times, making 25 free-throws (75.8 percent).
The Lady T's won the rebounding battle over the Saints 40-33.
DSU had eight blocked shots compared to PC three blocked shots.
The Lady T's bench outscored the Saints 40-22. DSU had 16 second-chance points, while PC scored four second-chance points.
Dakota State continues their busy season opening week as they play a pair of games this weekend. The Lady T's play two games against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the Midland (Neb.) Classic. DSU takes on the host-team Midland (Neb.) on Friday at 8 p.m. and Hastings (Neb.) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be at the Events Center in Fremont, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director