November 8, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa – Trailing by 14 points in the second-half Friday night at AIB Activities Center, Dakota State Lady T's mounted a late rally over host-team AIB (Iowa) within two points with just a minute left. The Eagles secured the game by nailing down four free-throws in the last 10 seconds for a 79-75 victory over the Lady T's.
DSU dropped their overall record to 2-2. AIB improved their record to 2-1.
The Lady T's opened the game with a 3-0 lead with eighteen minutes and eight seconds left in the first-half, thanks to a 3-pointer by Courtney Hulstein.
The Eagles went on a 13-1 scoring spurt to earn a 13-4 lead with less than 13 minutes remaining before intermission.
Dakota State answered back with a 15-6 scoring run to tie the game at 19-19 with 10:12 left in the first half. The Lady T's drained three 3-pointers shot during the scoring run from Kylie Westover twice and Jayda Swenson. DSU would continue their scoring run and regained their lead to 24-21 with 7:40 remaining before halftime.
AIB used a 22-8 scoring run to earn a double-digit lead at 43-32 with 1:30 left in the first-half.
Erin Rabenberg hit a 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sound as DSU trimmed AIB's lead to 44-38.
The Eagles shot 46.9 percent from the field (15-for-32) in the first-half compared to the Lady T's 34.6 percent (9-for-26. AIB was 14-for-17 from the free-throw line (82.4 percent) while DSU made 13 free-throws in 19 attempts (68.4 percent).
AIB kicked off the second-half by outscoring the Lady T's 18-10 in the first 9:32 to earn a 14-point lead at 62-48.
DSU rallied back by using a 25-13 scoring run to cut Eagles lead within two points at 75-73 after a basket by Cassie Jacobsen with just a minute left in the game.
Christen Jones nailed down two free-throws to give AIB a 77-73 lead. Jacobsen added another basket as DSU cut the Eagles' lead to 77-75.
Johnikka Nash added two free-throws in the final seconds as the Eagles secured the game by recording a four-point victory.
The Lady T's outscored AIB 37-35 in the second-half.
Dakota State shot a sizzling 50 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game, shooting 16-for-32. AIB was held to 31.3 percent from the field (10-for-32). The Eagles went to the free-throw line 18 times, making 15 free-throws (83.3 percent) in the second-half. The Lady T's were 2-for-4 from the free-throw.
Four Lady T's scored in double digits in the game. Jacobsen recorded a double-double of 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kendra Lindblad added 11 points off the bench. Rabenberg and Hulstein each scored 10 points. Westover had nine points.
Alyson Drooger had eight points off the bench for DSU.
Jacobsen dished out a game-high six assists for Dakota State.
Rabenberg recorded three steals for the Lady T's.
Jones led the Eagles with 21 points and earned nine rebounds. Megan Howard added 16 points. Tanya Kaufman had a double-double of 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Morgan Hansen had 13 points.
Kaufman produced five assists for AIB. Howard had six steals.
The Lady T's shot well than the Eagles in the game. DSU shot 43.1 percent overall (25-for-58) compared to AIB 39.1 percent (25-for-64).
Dakota State drained 10 3-pointers in the game in 23 attempts (43.5 percent) while the Eagles did not make a 3-pointer basket in seven attempts.
AIB went to the free-throw line 35 times, converting 29 free-throws (82.9 percent). The Lady T's were 15-for-23 from the free-throw line (65.2 percent).
DSU outrebounded the Eagles 45-34.
The Lady T's look to bounce back in the winning column on Wednesday evening. DSU continues their road action as they visit their long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director