December 30, 2013
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team kicked off their busy week Monday evening with four games scheduled in six days. The Lady T's visited the nationally-ranked Briar Cliff (Iowa) in the first day of the Briar Cliff Holiday Classic at Newman Flanagan Center. The Chargers sprinted to an 11-0 lead and never trailed in the game to defeat the Lady T's 89-73.
Dakota State fell to 6-10 overall record. Briar Cliff, No. 19 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Poll, improved their overall record to 10-5.
The Lady T's missed its first six shots of the game to allow the host-team Chargers to earn an eleven-point lead in the first five minutes and 25 seconds of the game.
DSU broke their scoring drought as Cassie Jacobsen nailed down a lay-up with 14:16 left in the first-half (BC 11-2).
Trailing 17-4, the Lady T's scored nine straight points from four different scorers (Jacobsen, Julie Munson, Kylie Westover and Alyson Drooger) to trim BC's lead to 17-13 with 11:41 left in the first-half.
DSU's Westover nailed down a pair of free-throws to reduce Chargers' lead to three points at 25-22 with 7:28 left before intermission.
The Chargers went to earn a nine-point halftime lead at 47-38.
Briar Cliff shot 16-for-34 from the field (47.1 percent), including 6-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc, in the first-half. The Lady T's were 14-for-31 from the field (45.2 percent) and 3-for-11 from the 3-point line.
DSU started the second-half with an 11-4 scoring run to cut Briar Cliff's lead to 56-51 with less than 16 minutes remaining in the game.
At 72-65, the Chargers closed the game by outscoring the Lady T's 17-8 in the final 7:59 of the game.
Both teams shot below 40 percent in the final twenty minutes of the game. The Chargers were 15-for-38 from the field (39.5 percent) compared to the Lady T's 13-for-33 (39.4 percent). BC was 4-for-9 from the 3-point line (44.4 percent) while DSU was 1-for-10 from the 3-point arc (10 percent).
Westover scored a game-high 20 points for the Lady T's. She converted all six free-throw attempts. Alyson Drooger recorded a double-double of 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds (all defensive). She was perfect from the field (5-for-5, including a 3-pointer).
Katy Pillar earned six rebounds for DSU. Munson had four rebounds.
Drooger recorded five blocks in the game. She accumulated a total of 55 blocks this season, becoming the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball nation's leader in total blocks this season (Tara Vanweerdhuizen of Corban, Ore. – 53 blocks).
Olson dished out two assists for the Lady T's. Munson and Olson each stole the ball three times in the game.
Kaylee Blake came off the bench and scored 19 points for the Chargers. She was 8-for-12 from the field (1-for-1 from the 3-point line) and nailed down both free-throw attempts. Slone Masters added 13 points. Paige Herrboldt had nine points.
Summer Gordon and Blake each had six rebounds for BC.
Kaitlin Meister produced five assists for Briar Cliff. Lexi Henschke, Bethany DeLong, Masters and Meister each had three steals.
Briar Cliff shot 43.1 percent overall from the field (31-for-72) compared to DSU 42.2 percent (42.2 percent). The Chargers drained 10 3-pointers in 17 attempts (58.8 percent), while the Lady T's were 4-for-21 from the 3-point arc (19 percent).
BC went to the free-throw line 30 times, making 17 free-throws (56.7 percent). DSU was 15-for-19 from the free-throw line (78.9 percent).
The Chargers outrebounded the Lady T's 48-38. Briar Cliff had 21 offensive rebounds and 27 defensive rebounds. DSU recorded 13 offensive rebounds and 25 defensive rebounds.
Dakota State will face the second straight nationally-ranked opponent on the second day of the Briar Cliff Holiday Classic on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady T's look to snap their losing skid as they play No. 13 Morningside (Iowa) of the GPAC. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at Newman Flanagan Center in Sioux City, Iowa.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director