February 8, 2014
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) scored the first six points of the game and never trailed Saturday afternoon versus Presentation (S.D.), recording an 80-66 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) women's basketball conference victory at the Strode Center. DSU's victory also ended their four-game losing skid and swept the season three-game series with the Saints.
Dakota State improved their overall record to 10-17 and 2-3 NSAA conference record. The Lady T's recorded their 10th victory for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Presentation slipped to 4-18 overall and winless in five NSAA conference games.
The Lady T's grabbed a 6-0 early lead in the first one minute and 27 seconds of the game from three different scorer (a free-throw by BreeAna Olson, a field goal by Kylie Westover and a 3-point field goal by Cassie Jacobsen).
Leading 36-27, DSU closed the first-half by scoring eight straight points to extend their lead to 44-27 at halftime.
Dakota State shot 50 percent from the field in the first twenty minutes of the game, making 16 baskets in 32 attempts. Presentation was 36.4 percent from the field (12-for-33).
The Lady T's maintained control by holding double-digits lead for the rest of the game. PC could get no closer than 11 points on three different occasions – 45-34 with 13:39 left, 47-36 with 12:28 remaining and 50-39 with 11:16 left.
Alyson Drooger drained two free-throws with 5:24 remaining in the game to give DSU their biggest lead of the game at 68-47.
The Saints outscored the Lady T's 39-36 in the second-half.
Dakota State was 11-for-25 from the field in the second-half (44 percent) compared to PC 12-for-34 (35.3 percent).
Drooger scored a career-high 21 points for the Lady T's. She was 9-for-12 from the field and made all three free-throws. Westover added 17 points. Jacobsen had eight points. Olson and Erin Rabenberg each had seven points. Courtney Hamblin scored six points off the bench. Julie Munson and Jayda Swenson both had five points. Katy Pillar had four points.
Swenson grabbed nine rebounds for DSU. Drooger added eight rebounds. Olson earned six boards.
Munson dished out six assists for Dakota State. Rabenberg had four assists.
Drooger, the nation's leader in blocks, recorded six blocked shots in the game for the Lady T's.
Munson stole the ball four times in the game for DSU. Drooger, Olson and Rabenberg each added two steals.
Rachel Fuhrmann led Presentation with 28 points on her 11-for-22 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. Hannah Phillips added 16 points. Sydney Larson recorded a double-double of 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.
Phillips, Caitlin Robinson and Taalyr Egeness each had three assists for PC. Phillips and Abbie Geraci each recorded three steals.
The Lady T's shot 47.4 percent overall from the field (27-for-57) compared to the Saints' 35.8 percent (24-for-67). DSU was 6-for-17 from the 3-point arc (35.3 percent), while PC only made 1 3-pointer in 13 attempts (7.7 percent).
Dakota State made 20 free-throws in 27 attempts (74.1 percent) compared to Presentation 17-for-22 free-throws (77.3 percent).
DSU outrebounded the Saints 39-33.
Dakota State returns home next Saturday (Feb. 15). The Lady T's host Valley City State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association conference game. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director