December 7, 2013
PHOTO GALLERY- Photos credit by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team returns home Saturday evening at DSU Fieldhouse, hosting No. 12 Morningside (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Mustangs held a seven-point halftime lead and never trailed in the game to seal an 87-62 victory over the Lady T's.
Dakota State is 4-7 overall record. Morningside improved their overall record to 7-3.
The Mustangs quickly scored the first seven points in two minutes to earn a 7-0 lead.
Trailing 16-8, the Lady T's answered with a 12-4 scoring spurt to tie the game at 20-20 with 8:13 remaining before intermission.
MC responded by scoring 10 straight points in a span of 1:23 to earn a 10-point lead at 30-20 (6:50 left in the first-half).
With the Mustangs leading 37-25, the Lady T's closed the first-half with a 7-3 run – thanks to Erin Rabenberg 3-pointer as the first-half expired.
Morningside shot 41.2 percent from the field (14-for-34) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to DSU 40 percent (10-for-25). The Lady T's drained four 3-pointers in eight attempts (50 percent), while MC was 2-for-9 from the 3-point arc (22.2 percent).
The Mustangs kicked off the second-half by scoring seven straight points to extend their lead to 46-32 with 17:25 left.
Dakota State could get no closer than 12 points at 46-34 with 16:43 remaining in the game.
MC outscored the Lady T's 48-30 in the second-half to secure the victory.
BreeAna Olson scored 18 points for DSU. She was 6-for-9 from the field, 2-for-2 from the 3-point line and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. Kylie Westover added 13 points. Courtney Hamblin scored eight points off the bench. Jayda Swenson had six points.
Drooger, Westover and Olson each produced four assists for the Lady T's. Olson stole the ball three times.
The Lady T's accumulated a total of 11 blocks with eight recorded by Drooger. It was her second time within a week that Drooger had recorded eight blocks in a game – tied for fourth most blocks in a single game. Cassie Jacobsen, Pillar and Galbraith each had a blocked shot.
Ashlynn Muhl recorded a double-double of 17 points and earned 11 rebounds for Morningside. Jessica Tietz and Allison Bachman each added 10 points. Kalene Anderson scored nine points off the bench. Lexi Ackerman and MaKayla Augustine each recorded eight points.
Titez grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots for MC.
Ackerman dished out five assists for the Mustangs. Augustine added four assists. Mandy Osborne recorded three steals.
Morningside shot 45.2 percent overall from the field, converting 33 field goals in 73 attempts. The Lady T's were 36.2 percent from the field, making 21 baskets in 58 attempts. Both teams drained six 6-pointers.
Dakota State went to the free-throw line 22 times and made 14 free-throws (63.6 percent). The Mustangs were 15-for-18 from the free-throw line (83.3 percent).
MC outrebounded the Lady T's 49-35.
The Mustangs outscored DSU 23-11 in points off turnovers and 43-22 in bench points.
Dakota State looks to bounce in the winning column Tuesday evening as they hit the road to Ellendale, N.D. The Lady T's visit Trinity Bible (N.D.) with a tip-off set for 6 p.m. at Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director