November 1, 2013
FREMONT, Neb. – Dakota State (S.D.) kicked off the two-day Midland (Neb.) Classic Friday evening at the Events Center against the host-team Warriors. The Lady T's built the largest lead in the first-half and held off Midland's second-half rally as Alyson Drooger nailed down two free-throws with :00.9 seconds left to earn a 63-61 victory.
Dakota State remained undefeated in two games (2-0 overall record). Midland, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) dropped their season opener (0-1).
The Lady T's raced to a 7-0 opening lead with eighteen minutes and 13 seconds left in the first-half.
At 14-13 mid-way in the first-half, DSU went on a 19-6 scoring tear to record the biggest lead of the game at 33-19 with 2:54 remaining before intermission.
The Warriors would close the first-half with a 10-1 run as the Lady T's held on to a 34-29 halftime lead.
Dakota State was 13-for-28 (46.4 percent) from the field in the first-half, including 4-for-10 from the 3-point arc. Midland was 12-for-35 (34.3 percent) from the field and 2-for-8 from the 3-point line.
Midland continued their scoring tear to start the second-half. The Warriors went on an 8-2 scoring run to gain their first lead of the game at 37-36 with 14:57 remaining.
Trailing 39-36, Kylie Westover surpassed her 1,000th career point as she hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 39-39 with 13:47 left in the game.
Both teams traded leads four times and tied the game eight times for the rest of the second-half.
Knotted at 61-61 with 28 seconds remaining, Drooger blocked MU's Jamilah Johnson's shot and MU was whistled for a foul with :00.9 seconds left. Drooger nailed down both free-throws and MU committed a turnover as the Lady T's secured the win.
Midland outscored DSU 32-29 in the second-half.
The Lady T's shot 45.8 percent from the field (11-for-24) compared to the Warriors' 38.7 percent (12-for-31) in the final twenty minutes of the game.
Westover scored a game-high 19 points for the Lady T's. She was 7-for-11 from the field and drained 5 3-pointers. Drooger added 11 points and converted all five free-throw attempts. Jayda Swenson had 10 points off the bench. Julie Munson had nine points.
Munson dished out five assists for Dakota State. Rabenberg added three assists.
Taylor Shepard led the Warriors with 16 points on her 6-for-14 shooting from the field and 4-for-9 from the free-throw line. Joelle Andersen added 11 points off the bench.
Shepard recorded nine boards for Midland. Sammi Licari added six rebounds.
Licari and Kellie Page each had four assists for MU. Johnson and Licari each recorded three steals.
The Lady T's shot 46.2 percent overall from the field (24-for-52), while Midland was 36.4 percent from the field (24-for-66). DSU made 10 free-throws in 12 attempts (83.3 percent) compared to the Warriors' 10-for-20 from the free-throw line (50 percent).
Midland outrebounded DSU 35-33.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak to three games Saturday evening in the second day of the Midland Classic. The Lady T's face the second opponent from the GPAC – Hastings (Neb.). Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at Events Center in Fremont, Neb.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director