February 15, 2014
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MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.), despite being outrebounded 55-40 in the game, pulled away from Valley City State (N.D.) 71-64 in North Star Athletic Association women's basketball conference game Saturday at DSU Fieldhouse. The Lady T's snapped their 10-game losing skid in the series meeting with the Vikings (last win vs. VCSU was on Jan. 26, 2010 by the score of 77-75 at DSU Fieldhouse).
Dakota State improved their overall record to 11-17 and moved up to third-place in the NSAA conference standings with a 3-3 record. Valley City State slipped their overall record to 12-10 and dropped to fourth-place with a 2-4 conference record in the NSAA standings.
The Vikings jumped to a 4-0 early lead with seventeen minutes and fourteen seconds left in the first-half. The Lady T's broke their scoring drought with 16:19 on the clock in the first-half after Jayda Swenson nailed down two free-throws.
DSU earned their first lead of the game at 10-8 with 12:03 left before halftime, forcing the Vikings to call timeout.
Valley City State and Dakota State went through nine ties and nine lead changes in the first-half. The Lady T's held a 37-34 halftime advantage.
DSU shot 41.7 percent from the field (10-for-24) in the first twenty minutes of the game compared to the Vikings' 37.8 percent (14-for-37). The Lady T's made 17 free-throws in 21 attempts (81 percent), while VCSU was 5-for-9 from the free-throw line in the first-half.
After VCSU clipped DSU's lead to 37-36 to kick off the second-half, the Lady T's went on to score 13 straight points – thanks to a pair of 3-pointers from Kylie Westover and a 3-pointer from Erin Rabenberg during the scoring burst – to earn the biggest lead of the game at 50-36 with 16:03 remaining in the game.
The Vikings rallied back with a 19-4 scoring run to regain their lead at 55-54 with 8:37 left.
DSU earned their lead back with a 10-3 run for a 65-57 lead with 2:04 remaining.
Valley City State trimmed the Lady T's lead to 67-64 with 21 seconds left.
DSU held the Vikings to 25 percent shooting in the second-half (12-for-48). The Lady T's were 9-for-20 from the field (45 percent). Dakota State converted 13 free-throws in 17 attempts, while VCSU was 3-for-7 from the free-throw line (42.9 percent).
A total of 11 lead changes and 9 ties were recorded in the game.
Olson poured in a game-high 19 points – which 11 points came from free-throws (11-for-12) – for the Lady T's. Rabenberg scored 12 points off the bench (5-for-6 shooting from the field). Swenson added 11 points off the bench. Westover had eight points. Drooger and Sharee Galbraith each had six points.
Drooger and Swenson each grabbed nine rebounds for DSU. Galbraith added six boards.
Drooger, the nation's leader in blocks, recorded seven blocks in the game for the Lady T's. Olson added two blocks.
Sierra Even had 12 points for the Vikings. Ashli Lee added 11 points off the bench. Stephanie Pederson had nine points. Brittany Lehner and Courtney Dixon each scored eight points.
Lehner earned 15 rebounds for VCSU. Sadiqah Jihad added seven rebounds. Pederson recorded six rebounds.
Jihad produced six assists for Valley City State. Lee added three assists.
Lehner, Pederson and Lee each stole the ball two times for the Vikings.
The Lady T's shot 43.2 percent overall from the field (19-for-44) and 37.5 percent from the 3-point arc (3-for-8). It was the 60th straight game that Dakota State had drained at least a 3-pointer in the game.
VCSU struggled from the field, shooting 30.6 percent overall (26-for-85) and 19 percent from the 3-point line (4-for-21).
Dakota State was 30-for-38 from the free-throw line (78.9 percent), while VCSU shot 50 percent from the free-throw line (8-for-16).
The Vikings earned 32 offensive rebounds and scored 30 second-chance points. The Lady T's grabbed eight offensive rebounds and scored nine second-chance points.
DSU outscored VCSU 34-20 in bench points and 9-0 in transition points.
Dakota State continues their NSAA conference action with a pair of co-leader teams next week. The Lady T's make their first stop at Mayville State (N.D.), No. 14 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, on Wednesday evening. Tip-off from the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse in Mayville, N.D. is set for 5:30 p.m.
DSU concludes their regular-season schedule at home next Saturday against No. 4 Jamestown (N.D.).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
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