December 20, 2013
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team kicked off their two-game in California Friday evening, visiting Cal State San Marcos at MiraCosta College. After the Lady T's opened with a quick lead, the Cougars grabbed a nine-point lead and defeated DSU by the score of 76-66.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 6-8. Cal State San Marcos, a member of NAIA Division I and Association of Independent Institutions, lifted their overall record to 7-9.
CSSM would answered back with a 7-0 run for their first lead of the game with 18:21 remaining in the first-half.
Both teams tied the game four times and traded lead seven times in the next nine minutes of the game.
Leading 31-28, the Cougars went on a 16-8 scoring run to earn an 11-point lead at 47-36 with 51 seconds left in the first-half.
The Lady T's would cut their deficit to nine points at halftime by the score of 47-38.
Cal State San Marcos shot 57.1 percent from the field (16-for-28) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to DSU 44.8 percent (13-for-29). The Lady T's were 4-for-11 from the 3-point line (36.4 percent), while CSSM was 2-for-4 (50 percent). The Cougars went to the free-throw line 16 times, making 13 free-throws (81.3 percent). DSU was 8-for-10 at the free-throw (80 percent).
The Cougars began the second-half with a 7-2 run to earn the biggest lead of the game at 54-40 with 15:41 remaining.
Dakota State sparked a 12-2 scoring run as they trimmed CSSM's lead by four points at 56-52 with 10 minutes left in the game.
Cal State San Marcos regained their double digit lead at 66-55 with a 10-3 run (less than 5 minutes left in the game).
The Lady T's could get no closer than five points at 66-61 (5-0 run) as the Cougars secured the victory with a 10-5 closing run.
Both teams struggled from the field in the last twenty minutes of the game. CSSM was 11-for-33 from the field (33.3 percent) compared to the Lady T's 27.3 percent (9-for-33). The Lady T's were 3-for-12 from the 3-point line (25 percent) while the Cougars did not make a 3-pointers in two attempts. DSU was 7-for-11 from the free-throw line (63.6 percent). Cal State San Marcos made 7 free-throws in 17 attempts (41.2 percent).
Jayda Swenson pulled down eight rebounds for Dakota State. Olson had six rebounds. Drooger recorded three blocked shots.
Munson, Westover, Olson, Swenson and Cassie Jacobsen each dished out two assists for DSU.
Olson stole the ball four times in the game for the Lady T's. Munson added three steals.
Heather Thompson recorded a double-double of 19 points and earned 13 rebounds for the Cougars. Alexandria Alvarado added 13 points. Cassie Damyanovich had 11 points. Sherika Miller recorded 10 points.
Miller and Damyanovich each grabbed seven rebounds for CSSM. Damyanovich recorded two blocks.
Alvarado had four assists for Cal State San Marcos.
The Cougars shot 44.3 percent overall from the field (27-for-61) compared to the Lady T's 35.5 percent (22-for-62). The Lady T's drained seven 3-pointers in 23 attempts (30.4 percent), while CSSM was 2-for-6 from the 3-point line (33.3 percent).
Cal State San Marcos went to the free-throw line 33 times, making 20 free-throws (60.6 percent). The Lady T's were 15-for-21 from the free-throw line (71.4 percent).
CSSM outrebounded DSU 50-38.
The Lady T's outscored the Cougars 15-10 in points off turnovers and 23-20 in bench points.
Dakota State plays their second game in California on Saturday evening. The Lady T's will travel to El Cajon, Calif. to take on another NAIA Division I member – San Diego Christian (Calif.). The game is set for 7:30 p.m. (Central Time)/5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) at Grossmont College.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director