February 1, 2014
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City State (N.D.) led wire-to-wire over Dakota State (S.D.) to earn a 71-51 North Star Athletic Association women's basketball conference victory Saturday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Dakota State fell to 9-16 overall record and 1-2 NSAA conference record. The Vikings improved to 11-8 overall record and 1-2 NSAA. Both VCSU and Lady T's are tied for third in the NSAA conference standings.
Valley City State scored the first four points of the game to earn a 4-0 lead with eighteen minutes and eight seconds left in the first-half.
The Lady T's broke their scoring drought after a basket by Kylie Westover to cut the Vikings' lead to 4-2 with 17:20 remaining before halftime.
VCSU went on to outscore DSU 16-4 in a span of seven minutes to earn a 20-6 lead with 10 minutes left in the first-half.
Valley City State earned a 45-24 halftime advantage.
The Vikings were 18-for-39 from the field (46.2 percent) compared to the Lady T's 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) in the first-half. VCSU was 4-for-11 from the 3-point line (36.4 percent), while DSU was 1-for-7 from the 3-point arc (14.3 percent). Both teams made five free-throws in the first-half.
Dakota State could get no closer than 19 points at 52-33 with 11:21 remaining in the game as VCSU secured the victory.
The Lady T's outscored the Vikings 27-26 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
DSU shot 33.3 percent in the second-half (10-for-30) compared to the Vikings' 32.3 percent (10-for-31).
Erin Rabenberg scored 13 points off the bench for the Lady T's. She was 4-for-7 from the field, including 2-for-4 from the 3-point line. Rabenberg made three free-throws in four attempts. BreeAna Olson added six points.
Drooger and Galbraith each grabbed eight rebounds for DSU. Munson had five rebounds.
Drooger, who currently leads the NAIA in blocks, recorded six blocked shots in the game for the Lady T's. Galbraith added four blocks.
Westover dished out three assists for Dakota State. Munson stole the ball three times. Erin Begalka added two steals.
Brittany Lehner led the Vikings with 19 points on her 9-for-17 shooting from the field. Sierra Even added 12 points. Ashli Lee had 10 points off the bench.
Lehner and Courtney Dixon each had six rebounds for VCSU.
Sadiqad Jihad, Stephanie Pedersen, Tarah Cleveland and Lee each recorded two steals for the Vikings. Jihad, Lee and Megan Trautman each stole the ball four times.
Valley City State shot 40 percent overall (28-for-70) compared to the Lady T's 36.5 percent (19-for-52). DSU was 5-for-17 from the 3-point line (29.4 percent), while VCSU was 4-for-15 from the 3-point arc (26.7 percent).
The Vikings went to the free-throw line 23 times, making 11 free-throws (47.8 percent). Dakota State was 8-for-13 from the free-throw line (61.5 percent).
Both teams had 42 rebounds in the game.
Dakota State continues their NSAA conference action Wednesday evening. The Lady T's visit the nationally-ranked No. 5 Jamestown (N.D.) at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director