November 29, 2013
Photos credit by UW-Stout Sports Information Director Layne Pitt
MENOMONIE, Wis. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team returned back to regular-season action Friday evening at Johnson Fieldhouse. The Lady T's closed the game with a 7-1 run and held on to a 68-63 victory over the host-team Wisconsin-Stout in the first day of Super 8 Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout.
Dakota State bounced back in the winning column and raised their overall record to 4-5. The Blue Devils, a member of NCAA Division III school, dropped their overall record to 2-4.
The Lady T's raced to a 10-2 lead in the first two minutes and 33 seconds of the game.
At 17-9, Wisconsin-Stout answered back with a 13-3 scoring run to gain their first lead of the game at 22-20 with less than eight minutes left in the first-half.
The Blue Devils held on to a 32-29 halftime advantage.
The Lady T's shot 45.8 percent from the field (11-for-24) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to UW-Stout 35.1 percent (13-for-37). DSU drained five 3-pointers in ten attempts (50 percent), while the Blue Devils were 1-for-8 from the 3-point line (12.5 percent).
Dakota State started the second-half with an 8-3 scoring run to regain their lead at 37-35 with 16:35 remaining.
The Lady T's continued their scoring run to expand their lead to 47-39 with 11:55 left in the game (18-7 scoring run to start the second-half).
At 56-51, the Blue Devils went on a 9-3 run to regain their lead at 60-59 with 3:32 remaining on the clock.
Drooger recorded another blocked shot with 22 seconds left as Lady T's regained possession and secured the victory by making four free-throws in the final 21 seconds (Erin Rabenberg and Kylie Westover each made two free-throws).
The Lady T's outscored the Blue Devils 39-31 in the second-half.
DSU shot 44.8 percent from the field (13-for-29) in the final twenty minutes of the game. The Lady T's held the Blue Devils to 28.2 percent shooting (11-for-39) from the field.
Westover recorded a game-high 24 points for the Lady T's. Rabenberg added 19 points as she was 5-for-10 from the field, 3-for-6 from the 3-point line and converted six free-throws in eight attempts. Katy Pillar scored 10 points off the bench.
Rabenberg produced five assists for Dakota State. Julie Munson added three assists.
Drooger recorded eight blocks in the game, including two blocked shots in the final 41 seconds of the game. Her eight blocked shots are the fourth-most blocked shots in a single game in Lady T's record book (she owns the DSU school record with 11 blocked shots in a single game versus Mount Marty on Dec. 5, 2012).
Brea Boomer had 15 points for UW-Stout. Shelby Sterba recorded a double-double of 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Kyleigh Hebert and Sami Schoeder each added seven points.
Boomer had seven rebounds, three steals and two assists for the Blue Devils. Sterba had three blocked shots.
The Lady T's shot 45.3 percent overall from the field (24-for-53) compared to UW-Stout 31.6 percent (24-for-76). DSU was 7-for-17 from the 3-point line (41.2 percent), while the Blue Devils were 3-for-16 from the 3-point arc (18.8 percent).
Dakota State made 13 free-throws in 19 attempts (68.4 percent), including 11-for-16 free-throws in the second-half. UW-Stout was 12-for-20 from the free-throw line (60 percent).
The Blue Devils had a slim rebounding advantage 37-36 over DSU.
The Lady T's recorded 10 blocked shots in the game compared to UW-Stout 4 blocked shots.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak on the second day of the Super 8 Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout on Saturday. The Lady T's play St. Scholastica (Minn.). The game is slated for 4 p.m. at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomine, Wis.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director