November 2, 2013
FREMONT, Neb. – Dakota State struggled from the field in the first-half Saturday evening, shooting 21.4 percent in a 73-58 loss to Hastings (Neb.) on the second day of the Midland (Neb.) Classic at the Events Center.
The Lady T's dropped their first game of the season and currently stands at 2-1 overall record. Hastings, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC), went undefeated in the classic with a 2-0 overall record.
At 11-9 with less than eleven minutes remaining in the first-half, the Broncos closed the first-half with a 22-5 scoring spurt to earn a 33-14 halftime lead.
The Lady T's shot 6-for-28 from the field (21.4 percent) compared to Hastings' 37.8 percent (14-for-37) in the first twenty minutes of the game.
The Broncos held their double-digit lead for the entire second-half. The Lady T's could get no closer than 15 points on two occasions (35-20 with 17:48 left and 41-26 with 13:11 remaining).
The Lady T's outscored Hastings 44-40 in the second-half.
Erin Rabenberg led DSU with 11 points on her 5-for-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-pointer. Julie Munson added 10 points off the bench. BreeAna Olson scored nine points. Katy Pillar had eight points. Kylie Westover and Cassie Jacobsen each had seven points.
Pillar pulled down six rebounds for the Lady T's. Olson added five rebounds.
Westover, Jacobsen, Alyson Drooger and Munson each dished out two assists. Westover stole the ball two times.
Jamie Van Kirk tallied 12 points for Hastings. Laurel Zwiener and Abby Jackson each had 10 points.
Jackson led the Broncos with five assists. Zwiener recorded two blocked shots.
Frankie Peterson grabbed eight rebounds. Haley Gebers had six rebounds.
The Broncos shot 44.6 percent overall from the field (29-for-65) compared to the Lady T's 35.6 percent (21-for-59). Both teams made 13 free-throws.
Hastings outrebounded DSU 44-37.
Dakota State continues their action on the road on Tuesday evening. The Lady T's will face their third straight opponent from the GPAC, No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Orange City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director