November 30, 2013
Photo credit by Wisconsin-Stout Sports Information Director Layne Pitt
MENOMONIE, Wis. – Dakota State jumped to a nine-point lead to open the game Saturday afternoon versus St. Scholastica (Minn.) on the second day of the Super 8 Thanksgiving Turkey Shootout hosted by Wisconsin-Stout at Johnson Fieldhouse. The Lady T's held a one-point halftime lead, but the Saints outscored DSU 43-32 in the second-half to earn a 72-62 victory.
The Lady T's dropped their overall record to 4-6 this season. St. Scholastica, a member of NCAA Division III and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, is 1-4 overall record.
DSU raced to an 11-2 lead with fifteen minutes and 55 seconds left in the first-half.
The Saints answered back with a 12-2 scoring run to earn their first lead of the game at 14-13 with 11:04 remaining before halftime.
The Lady T's held on to a 30-29 halftime lead.
St. Scholastica shot 48.3 percent from the field (14-for-29) in the first-half compared to DSU 44 percent (11-for-25). The Lady T's were 6-for-9 from the free-throw line, while the Saints missed a free-throw attempt.
The Saints outscored Dakota State 29-13 to gain the biggest lead of the game at 58-43 with 7:13 remaining in the game. St. Scholastica also recorded the biggest lead for the second time at 63-48 with 5:07 left.
The Lady T's mounted a rally by using a 13-3 scoring run to cut Saints' lead to 66-61 with 40 seconds left. DSU could not get any closer at that point as St. Scholastica nailed down six free-throws to secure the victory.
The Saints shot 41.7 percent from the field (10-for-24) in the final twenty minutes of the game compared to the Lady T's 34.6 percent (9-for-26). St. Scholastica went to the free-throw line 23 times in the second-half, making 20 free-throws. DSU was 12-for-18 at the free-throw line in the second-half.
BreeAna Olson led the Lady T's with 13 points. She was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line. Kylie Westover added 12 points. Erin Rabenberg had nine points. Julie Munson and Jayda Swenson each had eight points.
Alyson Drooger recorded four blocked shots and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for DSU. Swenson added seven rebounds.
Westover and Cassie Jacobsen each dished out three assists for the Lady T's. Rabenberg stole the ball four times.
Four players scored in double digits for the Saints. Kelsey Sorenson scored 17 points on her 5-for-9 shooting, including 3-for-6 from the 3-point line, and made four free-throws in five attempts. Mariah Hovick added 15 points (9-for-10 from the free-throw line). Kayla Swanson scored 12 points off the bench. Danica Schellbach had 10 points.
Erin Frase and Caitlin McKeron each had seven rebounds for St. Scholastica. Schellback added six rebounds.
Hovick recorded five assists for the Saints. Swanson had four assists.
St. Scholastica shot 45.3 percent overall from the field (24-for-53) compared to the Lady T's 39.2 percent (20-for-51). Both teams made four 3-pointers.
The Saints were 83.3 percent from the free-throw line, converting 20 free-throws – all in second-half – in 24 attempts. DSU was 18-for-27 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent).
St. Scholastica outrebounded the Lady T's 34-29.
Dakota State returns home on next Saturday at DSU Fieldhouse. The Lady T's welcome No. 3 Morningside (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in a non-conference game. There will be a junior varsity game at 3 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 5 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director