January 4, 2014
McPHERSON, Kan. – Dakota State (S.D.) used a strong finish to defeat Bethel (Kan.) 67-59 Saturday afternoon to sweep a pair of Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference foes in the McPherson (Kan.) Classic at Sport Center. The Lady T's used a 14-5 run to break up a 47-47 tie into a nine-point lead with less than three minutes remaining to secure the victory.
Dakota State kicked off their 2014 calendar year undefeated (2-0 – defeated host-team McPherson Friday night) and improved their overall record to 8-11. The Lady T's concluded their busy week (4 games in 6 days) with a 2-2 record. Bethel fell to .500 with an overall record of 7-7.
The Lady T's and Threshers went through five ties and seven lead changes in the first 10 minutes and nine seconds of the game.
Leading 20-19, DSU went on an 8-3 scoring run to earn the biggest lead of the first-half at 28-22 with 6:25 left.
Bethel answered back by scoring seven straight points to regain their lead at 29-28 with 2:41 left in the first-half (eighth lead change).
The Lady T's had nine different players scored in the first twenty minutes of the game and shot 48.1 percent from the field (13-for-27). DSU drained six 3-pointers in 10 attempts (60 percent). The Threshers were 12-for-35 from the field (34.3 percent) and did not make a 3-point field goal.
At 44-33, Bethel went on a 14-3 scoring run to tie the game for the sixth time at 47-47 with 10:18 remaining.
Holding a slim one-point lead at 52-51 with 5:08 left, the Lady T's outscored Bethel 9-1 in a span of 2 minutes and 13 seconds to open up a nine-point lead (61-52 in favor of DSU with 2:55 remaining).
The Threshers could get no closer than seven points on two different occasions (61-54 with 2:14 left and 63-54 with 2:11 remaining) as Dakota State sealed off the victory.
The Lady T's outscored Bethel 33-30 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
DSU shot 45.5 percent from the field (10-for-22) in the second-half compared to the Threshers 28.9 percent (11-for-38).
Westover and Jacobsen each scored 16 points for the Lady T's. Westover, which scored in double digits for the 15th consecutive game, shot 6-for-12 from the field, 2-for-5 from the 3-point line and converted both free throws. Jacobsen was 5-for-8 from the field off the bench, including 2-for-2 from the 3-point arc and made all four free throw attempts.
Rabenberg added 10 points for DSU. Olson and Kendra Lindblad each scored six points. Sharee Galbraith had four points. Drooger recorded three points. Julie Munson, Jayda Swenson and Courtney Hamblin each had two points.
Drooger pulled down seven rebounds for Dakota State. Westover had four rebounds. Olson, Jacobsen, Katy Pillar and Galbraith each had three rebounds.
Drooger dished out four assists for the Lady T's. Jacobsen added three assists. Olson, Rabenberg and Rachelle Moore each had two assists.
Olson recorded four steals for Dakota State.
Drooger – current NAIA Division II Women's Basketball nation leader in total blocks – had eight blocks in the game DSU, accumulating a total of 20 blocked shots in two games in the McPherson Classic (10.0 blocks per game). Galbraith added a blocked shot. Westover and Lindblad each had a block.
April Harpe had a double-double of 15 points and earned 19 rebounds (14 offensive rebounds) for Bethel. Taylor Durant and Lauren Ulrich each added 12 points. Jamie Tschetter had eight points off the bench.
Tschetter earned eight rebounds for the Threshers. Durant added seven rebounds.
Ulrich, Samantha Wilkerson and Brieanna Zerger each had three assists for Bethel. Ulrich recorded three steals.
The Lady T's shot 46.9 percent overall from the field (23-for-49) compared to the Threshers 31.5 percent (23-for-73). DSU was 9-for-18 from the 3-point line (50 percent), while Bethel was 2-for-14 (14.3 percent).
Dakota State converted 12 free-throws in 14 attempts (85.7 percent). The Threshers went to the free-throw line 19 times, making 11 free-throws (57.9 percent).
Bethel outrebounded DSU 49-32. The Threshers had 28 offensive rebounds compared to the Lady T's 6 offensive rebounds. Dakota State grabbed 26 defensive rebounds, while Bethel earned 21 defensive rebounds.
Dakota State – leading the nation in total blocks with 117 – racked up a total of 12 blocked shots in the game – the second straight game that the Lady T's recorded in double-digit blocks. It was the fifth time this season that DSU had at least 10 blocks in a game. Bethel did not record a blocked shot in the game.
The Lady T's bench outscored Threshers' bench 30-16.
Dakota State looks to extend their winning streak as they return home for the first time in a month on Friday evening. DSU kicks off the three-game home stand as the Lady T's welcome their in-state rival Mount Marty of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). There will be a junior varsity game at 4:45 p.m. with the varsity game to follow at 7 p.m. Both games will be at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director