January 22, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – Twelve different Dakota State University Lady T's players scored in the game – including four players that scored in double digits – in 96-65 rout over Presentation (S.D.) Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Lady T's – which shot a sizzling 53.7 percent from the field – made history by recording their first-ever North Star Athletic Association conference victory.
Dakota State is 9-13 overall record and tied in atop of the NSAA conference with No. 16 Mayville State (N.D.) with a 1-0 record (Comets defeated No. 3 Jamestown, N.D. 83-75 in Jamestown). Presentation, who is in their first year with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, fell to 4-14 overall record and 0-1 NSAA record.
After the Saints gained their first lead of the game at 7-6, the Lady T's scored eight straight points to earn 14-7 lead with thirteen minutes and twelve seconds left in the first-half. All of DSU's 14 points were scored inside the paint.
Presentation trimmed the Lady T's lead to four points on two occasions at 18-14 with 10:45 on the clock in the first-half and 20-16 with 8:51 left before halftime.
Dakota State closed the first-half with a 24-14 scoring run to grab a 14-point halftime lead. Julie Munson nailed down the final basket of the first-half to give Lady T's a 44-30 advantage.
DSU was 17-for-31 from the field (54.8 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to PC's 12-for-29 (41.4 percent). The Lady T's made 10 free-throws in 13 attempts (76.9 percent), while the Saints were 2-for-4 from the free-throw line (50 percent).
Presentation missed their first seven shots of the second-half to allow the Lady T's use an 11-1 spurt for a 57-31 lead with 14:41 remaining.
Dakota State recorded their biggest lead of the game on two different occasions – 88-47 with 5:18 left and 90-49 with 4:53 remaining in the game.
The Lady T's outscored the Saints 52-35 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
DSU shot above 50 percent in the second-half, shooting 19-for-36 from the field (19-for-36). PC was 12-for-31 from the field (38.7 percent).
Alyson Drooger scored a season-high 19 points for the Lady T's. She was 8-for-9 from the field and made three free throws. Kylie Westover added 16 points. Katy Pillar tallied 13 points off the bench (5-for-7 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free-throw line). BreeAna Olson added 12 points (4-for-6 from the field and 4-for-6 at the free-throw line).
Drooger pulled down seven rebounds for DSU. She had three blocked shots. Swenson earned six boards.
Olson had five rebounds and stole the ball five times for the Lady T's. Munson recorded four steals.
Seven different DSU players dished out at least three assists in the game, led by Westover with five assists. Munson added four assists. Drooger, Rabenberg, Kendra Lindblad and Courtney Hamblin each had three assists.
Rachel Fuhrmann had 18 points for the Saints. Jackie Miller added 13 points. Caitlin Robinson and Taalyr Egeness each had eight points. Hannah Phillips scored seven points.
Sydney Larson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for PC. Miller added seven rebounds.
Abbie Geraci and Miller each recorded four assists for Presentation.
Dakota State made 36 baskets in 67 attempts in the game compared to the Saints' 24-for-60 (40 percent). PC was 8-for-21 from the 3-point line (38.1 percent), while DSU was 2-for-14 from the 3-point arc (14.3 percent).
The Lady T's converted 22 free-throws in 30 attempts (73.3 percent). Presentation was 9-for-17 from the free-throw line.
DSU outrebounded PC 46-31. The Lady T's outscored the Saints 16-7 in second-chance points.
Dakota State scored 50 points inside the paint compared to Presentation 21 points in the paint. The Lady T's outscored the Saints 18-4 in transition points and 37-21 in bench points.
DSU steps out of the conference play on Saturday afternoon. The Lady T's play their final non-conference game of the season as they visit Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Tip-off from the DeWitt Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.
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Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director