February 5, 2014
JAMESTOWN, N.D. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team earned their first lead of the game at 8-7 Wednesday evening over nationally-ranked Jamestown (N.D.) at the Civic Center. However, the Jimmies outscored the Lady T's 30-8 in the final 12:44 of the first-half and went on to an 88-44 North Star Athletic Association conference victory.
Dakota State lost their fourth straight game and slipped their overall record to 9-17 and 1-3 NSAA conference record. Jamestown, No. 4 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, raised their overall record to 21-2 and 3-1 in NSAA conference play. UJ won their 12th straight meeting with the Lady T's.
The Jimmies opened the game by scoring seven straight points to grab a 7-0 lead with nineteen minutes and 14 seconds left in the first half.
After the Lady T's called a timeout, DSU stormed back by scoring eight consecutive points (Kylie Westover scored the first three DSU points and BreeAna Olson scored the next five DSU points) to earn their first lead of the game at 8-7 with 13:39 left in the first-half.
Jamestown held Dakota State to eight points in the final 12:44 of the first-half as the Jimmies raced to a 37-16 halftime advantage.
The Jimmies shot 36.8 percent from the field in the first half (14-for-38) compared to the Lady T's 31.8 percent (7-for-22).
DSU kicked off the second half with a 7-0 scoring run to trim UJ's lead to 37-23 with 18:50 remaining in the game. The Lady T's could not get any closer than 14 points at that time.
Jamestown sealed the victory by outscoring DSU 51-28 in the final twenty minutes of the game.
UJ was 20-for-38 from the field in the second-half (52.6 percent), while Dakota State was 10-for-31 (32.3 percent).
Olson scored a season-high and game-high 23 points for the Lady T's off the bench. She was 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line. Alyson Drooger and Westover each added five points.
Drooger dished out three assists for DSU. Cassie Jacobsen and Westover each added two assists.
Drooger, who set the DSU school record for most blocked shots in a single season (where she currently have 115 blocks this season), recorded eight blocked shots in the game. Her eight blocked shots tied for sixth most blocks in a single game in the Lady T's basketball record book. It was Drooger's fourth time this season that she had eight blocks in the game.
Olson and Drooger each stole the ball two times for the Lady T's.
Three UJ players scored in double digits led by Jordan Bridges with 16 points. She was 7-for-9 from the field. Kyra Dewald and Paige Emmel each added 11 points. Morgan Mathison, Arei Stokes and Alexis Watts each had seven points.
Bridges and Stokes each earned eight boards for the Jimmies. Megan Pold had seven rebounds.
Hannah Steele recorded eight assists for Jamestown. Dewald had three steals.
Bridges had three blocked shots for UJ.
The Jimmies shot 44.7 percent overall from the field (34-for-76), including 8-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc (66.7 percent). UJ was 12-for-18 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent).
Dakota State shot 32.1 percent overall from the field (17-for-53). The Lady T's were 1-for-11 from the 3-point line and 9-for-16 from the free-throw line (56.3 percent).
UJ outrebounded DSU 53-34.
Dakota State looks to bounce back in the winning column as they kick off the second-half portion of the NSAA conference schedule on Saturday afternoon. The Lady T's make a trip to the Strode Center in Aberdeen, S.D. to face Presentation (S.D.). Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director