January 10, 2014
Photo credit by Kaden Huntrods
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team returned home Friday evening to kick off their three-game home stand at DSU Fieldhouse, hosting in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.). The Lancers raced to a 24-point lead in the first-half and never trailed in the game to defeat the Lady T's 82-64.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 8-12. Mount Marty, a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference, raised their overall record to 8-9 and swept the season series with DSU.
The score was tied at 2-2 after Alyson Drooger nailed down a basket with nineteen minutes and 23 seconds left in the first-half.
From there, the Lancers stormed to the biggest lead of the game by using a 36-12 scoring run for a 38-14 lead with 6:32 remaining before halftime.
DSU's Erin Rabenberg made a driving lay-up just in time as first-half expired to trim MMC's lead to 43-27.
The Lancers shot 14-for-30 from the field (46.7 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game, including 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. The Lady T's were 10-for-30 from the field (30 percent) and struggled from the 3-point line by making 1 3-pointer in 11 attempts (9.1 percent).
Mount Marty was 11-for-18 from the free-throw line (69 percent) while DSU was 6-for-8 free-throws (75 percent).
Trailing 49-31, the Lady T's scored 10 straight points – including a pair of 3-pointers from Cassie Jacobsen – to cut the Lancers' lead into single digits at 49-41 with 14:37 remaining in the game.
At 58-48, MMC outscored the Lady T's 12-2 to gain a 20-point lead at 70-50 with 5:14 left.
DSU could get no closer than 16 points on two occasions (78-62 with 2:04 left and 80-64 with 1:08 remaining) as the Lancers sealed the victory.
The Lancers outscored the Lady T's 39-37 in the second-half.
Mount Marty was 14-for-29 from the field (48.3 percent) in the final twenty minutes of the game compared to DSU 14-for-31 (45.2 percent).
Jacobsen poured in a game-high 18 points for the Lady T's. She was 6-for-10 from the field, 3-for-4 from the 3-point line and made 3 free-throws in 4 attempts. Drooger added 15 points (5-for-9 from the field and made all 4 free-throws). Courtney Hamblin scored 12 points off the bench by shooting 6-for-8 from the field.
Hamblin pulled down nine rebounds for the Lady T's. Drooger added six rebounds. Jacobsen, Munson and Swenson each had four rebounds.
Drooger dished out four assists for Dakota State. Munson had three assists. Jacobsen, Westover and Hamblin each had two assists.
Drooger – current NAIA nation's leader in blocked shots – recorded three blocked shots in the game for DSU. Jacobsen added a block.
Munson stole the ball three times for the Lady T's. Drooger, Westover, Rabenberg and Jordan Hansen each had a steal.
Six MMC players scored in double digits led by Allison De Kam with 22 points. She was 9-for-17 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Cassidy Gebhart, Cheyenne Lambley, Kelsey Schmidt and Kellie Winckler each added 12 points. Logan Wagner had 10 points.
Lambley had a double-double in the game as she earned 12 rebounds for the Lancers. Winckler added nine rebounds.
Gebhart led Mount Marty with seven assists. Wagner added four assists.
Wagner, Schmidt and De Kam each recorded two steals for MMC.
Mount Marty shot 47.5 percent overall from the field (28-for-59), including 6-for-15 from the 3-point line (40 percent). The Lady T's shot 39.3 percent from the field (24-for-61) and 4-for-17 from the 3-point arc (23.5 percent).
The Lancers went the free-throw line 29 times, making 20 free-throws (69 percent). DSU was 12-for-21 from the free-throw line (57.1 percent).
Mount Marty outrebounded DSU 40-38.
MMC outscored the Lady T's 40-28 inside the paint. The Lady T's had 20 bench points compared to the Lancers' 14 bench points.
Dakota State continues their three-game home stand at DSU Fieldhouse on Wednesday evening. The Lady T's will face another opponent from the GPAC – No. 23 Briar Cliff (Iowa). The non-conference game tips off at 7 p.m. in Madison.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director