November 20, 2013
ORANGE CITY, Iowa – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball faced a high-scoring nationally-ranked team Northwestern (Iowa) Wednesday evening at Bultman Center. The Lady T's dropped an 82-73 defeat to the Red Raiders, despite shooting 50 percent overall from the field.
Dakota State dipped their overall record to 3-5. Northwestern, No. 7 in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, remained undefeated in seven games (7-0 overall record).
The Lady T's held the Red Raiders, who is averaging 101.2 points per game, to their lowest points total this season. It was the closest margin of victory for NWIA had faced this season (Red Raiders averaged plus-38.8 points for margin of victory).
NWIA raced the game by scoring nine straight points in the first two minutes and 41 seconds of the game to earn a 9-0 lead.
Kylie Westover drained a 3-pointer with 16:49 left in the first-half to end Lady T's scoring drought (9-3 NWIA lead).
Trailing 17-7, Dakota State used a 9-0 scoring run to trim NWIA's lead to 17-16 with 9:13 remaining before halftime.
With the Red Raiders leading at 29-26, NWIA outscored the Lady T's 9-2 in the final 3:11 of the first-half to earn a 10-point lead at halftime (38-28).
Dakota State was 13-for-30 from the field (43.3 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game. NWIA was held to 34.1 percent shooting from the field (14-for-41). The Red Raiders went to the free-throw line 14 times and converted 10 free-throws. DSU was 0-for-1 from the free-throw line in the first-half.
NWIA went on a 32-10 scoring spurt to kick off the second-half to earn the biggest lead of the game at 70-48 with 7:53 remaining.
The Lady T's would close the game with a 23-12 scoring run, but the Red Raiders secured the victory. Dakota State outscored NWIA 45-44 in the second-half.
DSU shot 56.7 percent from the field (17-for-3) in the second-half compared to NWIA 51.6 percent (16-for-31). The Lady T's were 5-for-8 from the 3-point line (62.5 percent), while the Red Raiders went 3-for-4 from the 3-piont arc. DSU made all six free-throws compared to Northwestern 9-for-11 (81.8 percent).
Erin Rabenberg led the Lady T's with 16 points. She was 7-for-13 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the 3-point line. Westover added 15 points and converted all four free-throws. BreeAna Olson added 12 points on her 6-for-10 shooting from the field. Courtney Hamblin had seven points off the bench. Cassie Jacobsen had six points.
Alyson Drooger pulled down four rebounds and recorded two blocked shots for DSU. Olson added three rebounds.
Four players scored in double digits for the Red Raiders. Samantha Kleinsasser recorded a double-double of 20 points and earned 11 rebounds. Alli Engebretson added another double-double of 12 points and produced 10 assists. Karen Hutson had 16 points. Mackenzie Small added 13 points.
Engebretson and Small each had eight rebounds for the Red Raiders. Hutson had seven rebounds.
Engebretson and Small each stole the ball three times for NWIA.
The Lady T's shot 30-for-60 overall from the field (50 percent) compared to the Red Raiders 30-for-72 (41.7 percent). DSU drained 7 3-pointers in 15 attempts (46.7 percent), while NWIA made 3 3-pointers in 10 attempts (30 percent).
Northwestern went to the free-throw line 25 times and made 19 free-throws (76 percent). DSU was 6-for-7 from the free-throw line (85.7 percent).
The Red Raiders outrebounded the Lady T's 54-22 in the game.
NWIA committed 26 turnovers compared to DSU 23 turnovers.
Dakota State will play an exhibition game on Tuesday night. The Lady T's visit NCAA Division II and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe St. Cloud State (Minn.). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director