November 13, 2013
MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) held Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) to a 35.1 percent overall shooting from field Wednesday evening at the Corn Palace, but the Tigers used 23 offensive boards to help DWU defeat the Lady T's 70-59.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 2-3. Dakota Wesleyan, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference and receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' national poll, improved their overall record to 5-1.
Dakota Wesleyan opened the game with a 13-3 run in the first four minutes and 32 seconds of the game.
The Lady T's held the Tigers to no field goals in the next three-and-half minutes by using a 6-0 scoring run to cut DWU's lead to 13-9.
At 18-15, DWU closed the first-half with a 19-8 run in the final 6:15 of the first-half to earn a 37-23 halftime advantage. DWU's Celeste Beck drained the last four consecutive 3-pointers of the first-half to earn a 14-point lead.
The Tigers shot 36.8 percent from the field (14-for-38) in the first twenty minutes of the game. The Lady T's was 9-for-26 from the field (34.6 percent). The Tigers were 7-for-16 from the 3-point line (43.8 percent) compared to DSU's 0-for-3 from the 3-point arc. DSU converted five free-throws in 11 attempts (45.5 percent), while DWU made both free-throws in the first-half.
DWU outrebounded the Lady T's 27-17 in the first-half.
Dakota Wesleyan maintained their double digits lead for the rest of the game. The Tigers grew to their biggest lead of the game at 59-35 with 9:10 remaining in the game.
The Lady T's outscored the Tigers 20-6 in the next seven minutes as DSU got within 10 points at 65-55.
Dakota State shot a sizzling 59.1 percent in the second-half, making 13 field goals in 22 attempts. DWU was held to 33.3 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game (13-for-39).
The Lady T's outscored DWU 36-33 in the second-half.
Erin Rabenberg led Dakota State with 11 points. She was 4-for-9 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the 3-point line. BreeAna Olson and Kylie Westover each added 10 points. Cassie Jacobsen had seven points.
Drooger had a game-high six assists for Dakota State. She had four blocked shots in the game. Jacobsen had three assists for DSU.
Drooger and Julie Munson each grabbed six rebounds.
Katie Johnson recorded a double-double of 16 points and earned 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Beck scored 15 points, all from five 3-pointers in the first-half. Amanda Hart added 10 points.
Beck grabbed nine rebounds for DWU.
Hart and Beck each had four assists for the Tigers. Beck recorded three steals.
Dakota State shot 45.8 percent overall from the field (22-for-48). The Tigers were 27-for-77 from the field (35.1 percent). DWU drained nine 3-pointers in 24 attempts (37.5 percent) compared to the Lady T's 2-for-8 from the 3-point line (25 percent).
DSU converted 13 free-throws in 22 attempts (59.1 percent). DWU was 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) from the free-throw line.
DWU outrebounded the Lady T's 46-35 in the game. The Tigers recorded 23 offensive rebounds and 23 defensive rebounds. DSU had 7 offensive boards and 28 defensive boards.
Dakota State continues their road action on Friday evening. The Lady T's face another member of the GPAC, Mount Marty (S.D.). There will be a junior varsity game at 4:45 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 7 p.m. The games take place at Cimpl Arena in Yankton, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director