December 14, 2013
Photos credit by Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) held Martin Luther (Minn.) to 14.6 percent shooting in the first-half Saturday afternoon at DSU Fieldhouse to earn a 22-point halftime lead. The Lady T's never trailed in the game to record a 74-62 victory over the Knights.
Dakota State won their second straight game to improve their overall record to 6-7, improving their home record to 2-1 this season. Martin Luther, member of NCAA Division III and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, dropped their overall record to 3-6.
The Knights missed their first five shots of the game as the Lady T's earned a 6-0 opening lead – including the first four points from Erin Rabenberg – with eighteen minutes and 11 seconds left in the first-half.
Dakota State was 7-for-10 (70 percent) from the field in the first six minutes of the game as the Lady T's raced to a 15-5 lead. MLC was held to 2-for-13 (15.4 percent) from the field in that span.
With DSU leading 23-13 with 8:02 left before intermission, the Lady T's held the Knights to no field goals for a span of 5:14, creating a 10-0 run for DSU to extend their lead to 33-13.
DSU shot 50 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game, making 16 field goals in 32 attempts. The Lady T's held the Knights to 14.6 percent shooting in the first-half, converting only 6 baskets in 41 tries.
Dakota State had their biggest lead of the game on three different occasions, including a 9-2 scoring run to kick off the second-half (50-21 with 16:32 left). (The other two occasions when the Lady T's held the biggest lead are 52-23 with 16:05 remaining and 54-25 with 13:36 left.)
Martin Luther could get no closer than 11 points at 73-62 with 11 seconds left as the Lady T's maintained their double digits lead to secure the victory.
The Knights outscored DSU 43-33 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
The Lady T's shot 38.5 percent from the field (10-for-26) in the second-half compared to the Knights' 33.3 percent (14-for-42).
Kylie Westover scored the game-high 16 points for Dakota State. Rabenberg added 15 points. Cassie Jacobsen tallied 15 points off the bench. BreeAna Olson had eight points. Alyson Drooger and Katy Pillar each had seven points. Courtney Hamblin recorded six points.
Olson pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lady T's. Drooger added eight rebounds. Rabenberg and Jacobsen each earned six boards.
Rabenberg produced five assists for DSU. Hamblin added four assists.
Drooger recorded a season-high nine blocks for the Lady T's, with six blocks coming from the first-half. She was tied for third most blocked shots in a single game (Maria Gengler with 9 blocks versus Jamestown, N.D. on Jan. 26, 2008). It was the third time this season that Drooger had recorded at least eight blocks in a single game.
Olson and Hamblin each recorded two steals for Dakota State.
Leah Nass had a double-double of 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Martin Luther. Erin Schmeling added 12 points. Alex Anthon scored nine points.
Rebecca Engelbrecht recorded nine rebounds for the Knights.
Anthon, Brittney Gossen and Mariah Schoof each dished out three assists for MLC. Hannah Hackbarth had three steals.
The Lady T's shot 44.8 percent overall from the field (26-for-58) compared to the Knights' 24.1 percent (20-for-83). DSU was 6-for-15 from the 3-point line (40 percent) while MLC was 5-for-17 from the 3-point arc (29.4 percent).
DSU went to the free-throw line 28 times, making 16 fee-throws (57.1 percent). The Knights were 17-for-22 from the free-throw line (77.3 percent).
Martin Luther outrebounded Dakota State 54-49 in the game. The Knights recorded 23 offensive rebounds compared to DSU 6 offensive rebounds (MLC outscored DSU 18-4 in second-chance points). The Lady T's pulled down 43 defensive rebounds while Martin Luther had 31 defensive rebounds.
DSU outscored the Knights 30-24 inside the paint and 28-20 in bench points.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak next week as they play a pair of non-conference games against NAIA Division I schools in California. The Lady T's will make their first stop at Cal State San Marcos on Friday night (Dec. 21). Tip-off from the MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif. is set for 9:30 p.m. (Central Time)/7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time).
DSU visits San Diego Christian on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Ryan Athletic Center. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. (CT)/5:30 p.m. (PT) in El Cajon, Calif.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director