February 19, 2014
MAYVILLE, N.D. – Nationally-ranked Mayville State (N.D.), playing in their final regular-season women's basketball action Wednesday evening at Lewy Lee Fieldhouse, used a 24-6 closing run (in the final 9:18 of the game) to defeat Dakota State (S.D.) 92-68.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 11-18 and remained third in the North Star Women's Basketball conference standings with a 3-4 record. Mayville State, ranked No. 12 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, closed their regular-season season with an overall record of 22-3 and 7-1 NSAA conference record. The Comets clinched at least a share of the inaugural NSAA regular-season title.
DSU and MSU went through nine different lead changes and one tie in the first 6:28 of the game.
Leading 14-13, the Lady T's went on an 8-2 scoring run to earn a 22-15 lead with less than 11 minutes remaining in the first-half.
DSU shot a sizzling 68.8 percent from the field (11-for-16) and 4-for-7 from the 3-point line (57.1 percent) as they earned a 27-21 lead with 8:53 left before halftime. The Comets were held to 30.8 percent from the field (8-for-26) and 14.3 percent from the 3-point line (2-for-14).
Mayville State closed the first-half with a 21-9 scoring run to earn a 42-36 halftime advantage. The Comets were 50 percent from the field goal (7-for-14) and 4-for-8 from the 3-point line during that scoring run. The Lady T's were 2-for-17 from the field and 1-for-7 from the beyond the 3-point line.
There were a total of 14 lead changes and three ties in the first twenty minutes of the game.
The Lady T's trimmed their deficit to four points at 44-40 after Cassie Jacobsen made a basket with 18:22 remaining.
Trailing 68-58, Dakota State scored four straight points to cut MSU's lead to 68-62 with 9:18 left.
Mayville State held the Lady T's to four points in the final 5:43 of the game as the Comets secured the victory.
The Comets outscored DSU 50-32 in the final twenty minutes of the game. MSU was 60 percent from the field (21-for-35) compared to the Lady T's 37.1 percent from the field (13-for-35) in the second-half.
Kylie Westover poured in 22 points for the Lady T's, moving her to fourth all-time in career scoring with 1,368 points. She drained six 3-pointers in the game, increasing her career total of 231 3-pointers – one 3-pointer shy to tie for second most career 3-pointers made.
Sharee Galbraith scored 14 points off the bench for DSU. She was 5-for-12 from the field and made all four free-throws. Erin Rabenberg added 11 points off the bench on her 4-for-8 shooting from the field, including 3-for-5 from the 3-point line. BreeAna Olson had six points.
Marcisa McMillan had a double-double of 23 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for the Comets. Hailey Longtin added 21 points (5-for-12 from the 3-point line). Liza Hoglo scored 15 points off the bench as she was 8-for-15 from the field. Sabrina Rude had 16 points.
Samantha Heier scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds and recorded eight steals for MSU.
Mayville State shot 48 percent overall from the field (36-for-75) and 10-for-34 from the 3-point arc (29.4 percent). The Lady T's were 38.2 percent from the field (26-for-68) and drained 11 3-pointers in 25 attempts (44 percent).
The Comets made 10 free-throws in 12 tries (83.3 percent) compared to DSU 5-for-6 from the free-throw line (83.3 percent).
MSU outrebounded the Lady T's 47-26 in the game.
Dakota State concludes their regular-season schedule on Saturday afternoon. The Lady T's will play another nationally-ranked team – No. 3 Jamestown (N.D.) – in the North Star Athletic Association women's basketball conference action. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. Saturday's game marks the Parents/Senior Night for the Lady T's basketball team.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director