December 31, 2013
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Nationally-ranked Morningside (Iowa) raced to a 20-point halftime lead over Dakota State (S.D.) Tuesday afternoon on the second day of the Briar Cliff (Iowa) women's basketball Holiday Classic at Newman Flanagan Center. The Mustangs earned a season series sweep by defeating the Lady T's by the score of 89-50.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 6-11. Morningside, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference and No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, bounced back in the winning column with a 12-4 overall record after losing to No. 5 Jamestown (N.D.) 67-66 on Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs opened the game by earning a 10-point lead at 13-3 in the first five minutes.
Morningside held a 48-28 halftime lead.
MC was 18-for-35 from the field (51.4 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game, including 5-for-11 from the 3-point line (45.5 percent). The Lady T's were 10-for-25 from the field (40 percent) and 3-for-8 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent).
Dakota State kicked off the second-half with a 5-0 scoring spurt as they could get no closer than 15 points (48-33 with 19:09 remaining in the game).
The Mustangs secured the game as they maintained their double digits lead for the rest of the game.
Morningside outscored the Lady T's 41-22 in the second-half. The Mustangs were 16-for-41 from the field (39 percent) compared to DSU 6-for-20 (30 percent).
Alyson Drooger grabbed six rebounds for Dakota State. She recorded seven blocked shots in the game, which she continues to hold the nation's leader in total blocks with 62.
Drooger dished out two assists for the Lady T's. Julie Munson and Rabenberg each added an assist.
Allison Bachman tallied 19 points for Morningside. Ashlynn Muhl and Lacey Lehman each added 10 points.
Mandy Osborne scored nine points and earned six rebounds off the bench for MC.
Leann Osten recorded five assists for the Mustangs. Bachman stole the ball five times in the game.
Morningside shot 34-for-76 overall from the field (44.7 percent) compared to the Lady T's 16-for-45 (35.6 percent). MC was 8-for-21 from the 3-point line (38.1 percent), while DSU was 4-for-17 (23.5 percent).
The Lady T's were near perfect at the free-throw line, converting 14 free-throws in 15 attempts (93.3 percent). Morningside missed four free-throws in 17 attempts (13-of-17 – 76.5 percent).
The Mustangs outrebounded DSU 44-29.
MC recorded 20 steals in the game while the Lady T's had 3 steals.
Dakota State continues their busy week with another pair of games this weekend. The Lady T's will play in the McPherson (Kan.) Classic against a pair of Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) foes. DSU looks to kick off their new 2014 calendar year against the host-team McPherson on Friday evening at 6 p.m. The McPherson Classic takes place at McPherson College Sport Center in McPherson, Kan.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director