December 21, 2013
Photo - Lady T's at Double Peak Park in San Diego
EL CAJON, Calif. – After Dakota State (S.D.) earned their first lead of the game mid-way in the first-half over San Diego Christian (Calif.) Saturday evening at Grossmont College, the Hawks closed the first-half with a 24-8 run for a fifteen-point halftime lead. SDC never trailed for the rest of the game as they defeated the Lady T's by the score of 77-62.
Dakota State is currently 6-9 overall record after the defeat. San Diego Christian, a member of NAIA Division I basketball, raised their overall record to 7-2.
SDC bolted to an 11-2 lead with fifteen minutes and 29 seconds left in the first-half.
The Lady T's sparked a 12-2 scoring run to grab their first lead of the game at 14-13 with 11:51 remaining before intermission.
With the fourth tie recorded in the game at 20-20, the Hawks held the Lady T's to two points in the final 7:37 of the first-half to earn a 37-22 halftime lead.
San Diego Christian shot 44.1 percent from the field (15-for-34) in the first-half compared to DSU 33.3 percent (9-for-27).
The Hawks maintained their double-digit lead in the final twenty minutes of the game to seal the victory.
The Lady T's could get no closer than 10 points at 41-31 with 17:28 left in the game.
Dakota State outscored San Diego Christian 40-38 in the second-half.
SDC was 14-for-26 from the field (53.8 percent) in the second-half compared to the Lady T's 16-for-33 (48.3 percent).
Erin Rabenberg led DSU with 15 points on her 6-for-10 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from the 3-point line. Kylie Westover added 14 points (6-for-12 from the field and 2-for-6 from the 3-point arc).
Alyson Drooger scored nine points for the Lady T's. She pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
Katy Pillar recorded two blocked shots for DSU. Drooger and Galbraith each had a blocked shot.
Chardonnay Shula and Irene Lopez each scored 20 points for the Hawks. Briana Martinez added 15 points. Gabriele Concepcion had nine points.
Lopez grabbed eight rebounds and stole the ball five times for SDC. Concepcion recorded four assists. Shula had four steals.
San Diego Christian shot 48.3 percent overall from the field (29-for-60) compared to the Lady T's 41.7 percent (25-for-60). The Hawks were 7-for-18 from the 3-point line (38.9 percent), while DSU was 4-for-17 from the 3-point arc (23.5 percent).
SDC was 12-for-20 from the free-throw line (60 percent). The Lady T's converted 8 free-throws in 12 attempts (66.7 percent).
Dakota State outrebounded the Hawks 46-30 in the game.
The Lady T's outscored San Diego Christian 18-9 in bench points and 10-7 in second-chance points.
Dakota State heads into Christmas break before returning back to action. The Lady T's prepare for a busy week with four games scheduled, participating in a pair of holiday classics. DSU makes their first stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Monday, Dec. 30 in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Holiday Classic, visiting No. 19 Briar Cliff. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at Newman Flangan Center.
The Lady T's play No. 13 Morningside (Iowa) on the second day of the Briar Cliff Holiday Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m.
DSU is slated to travel to McPherson (Kan.) for a pair of games in the McPherson Classic on Jan. 3 and 4, 2014.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director