January 29, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - By Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – Nationally-ranked Mayville State (N.D.) drained a total of 14 3-pointers Wednesday evening to defeat Dakota State 93-62 in a battle of two remaining undefeated teams in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference at DSU Fieldhouse. The Comets never trailed in the game as the Lady T's struggled from field, shooting 28.2 percent overall.
Dakota State fell to 9-15 overall record and suffered their first NSAA conference loss (1-1 NSAA record). Mayville State, No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 poll, won their 12th straight game to raise their overall record to 17-2. The Comets are the only undefeated team in the NSAA conference with a 3-0 record.
MSU quickly jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first one minute and 59 seconds after a 3-poniter by Hailey Longtin and a lay-up by Marcisa McMillian.
Leading 16-12, Mayville State scored nine straight points – all by 3-pointer shots – to extend their lead to 25-12 with 10:10 remaining in the first-half.
Dakota State could get no closer than five points at 28-23 with less than five minutes left before halftime.
The Comets closed the first-half with an 18-3 run to earn a 20-point halftime lead at 46-26, thanks to a 3-pointer by Samantha Heier as the first-half expired.
Mayville State shot 45.7 percent from the field (16-for-35) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to the Lady T's 9-for-42 (21.4 percent) from the field. The Comets were 9-for-21 from the 3-point line (42.9 percent), while DSU was 2-for-14 from the 3-point arc (14.3 percent).
MSU maintained control for the rest of the second-half, holding a double-digit lead. The Comets earned the biggest lead of the game at 73-39 with 11:08 left in the game.
Mayville State outscored the Lady T's 47-36 in the second-half. MSU was 19-for-39 from the field (48.7 percent) in the second-half compared to DSU 11-for-29 (37.9 percent).
Fourteen different Lady T's players scored in the game. Kylie Westover led with 14 points. Sharee Galbraith scored 12 points off the bench as she was 3-for-4 from the field and made all six free-throws.
Julie Munson and Katy Pillar each added six points off the bench for DSU. Rabenberg scored four points. BreeAna Olson and Jayda Swenson each had three points. Cassie Jacobsen, Drooger, Courtney Hamblin, Kendra Lindblad, Rachelle Moore, Summer Bailey and Erin Begalka each scored two points.
Munson pulled down seven rebounds for Dakota State. Jacobsen and Galbraith each added six rebounds.
Swenson dished out three assists for DSU. Drooger, the nation leader in total blocks and blocks per game, recorded three blocked shots in the game.
Lindblad, Munson, Hamblin, Bailey, Jordan Hansen and Galbraith each had a steal for Dakota State.
Samantha Heier recorded a triple-double of 11 points, earned 11 rebounds and dished out 10 assists for the Comets. McMillan added a double-double of 18 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Longtin scored a game-high 23 points for Mayville State. Liza Hoglo added 10 points.
Heier stole the ball five times for MSU.
The Comets shot 47.3 percent overall from the field, converting 35 baskets in 74 attempts. The Lady T's were 20-for-71 overall from the field (28.2 percent).
Mayville State was 14-for-34 from the 3-point line (41.2 percent) compared to DSU 3-for-23 (13 percent).
The Lady T's went to the free-throw line 24 times, making 19 free-throws (79.2 percent). MSU was 9-for-13 from the free-throw line (69.2 percent).
The Comets outrebounded DSU 50-45. The Lady T's earned 24 offensive boards while MSU had 19 offensive rebounds. DSU outscored Mayville State 18-13 in second-chance points.
DSU scored 37 bench points, while MSU had 24 points from the bench.
Both Mayville State and Dakota State continue their NSAA conference action on Saturday. The Lady T's travel to Valley City State (N.D.) at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, N.D. The Comets host Presentation (S.D.) at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse in Mayville, N.D. Both NSAA conference games kick off at 4 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Inforamtion Director