February 22, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - Photos by Cody Welu
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University Lady T's basketball team faced a nationally-ranked team from the North Star Athletic Association for the second straight game Saturday afternoon at DSU Fieldhouse. Jamestown (N.D.) rallied back from a 12-point first-half deficit and outscored the Lady T's 14-6 in overtime to earn a 90-82 NSAA thriller in both teams' regular-season finale.
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 11-19 and 3-5 NSAA conference. Jamestown, No. 3 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll, improved their overall record to 25-2 and 7-1 NSAA. The Jimmies – who won their seventh straight game – clinched a share of the inaugural NSAA Women's Basketball conference regular-season title with Mayville State (N.D.).
UJ kicked off the game by scoring five straight points in the first one minute and 28 seconds for a 5-0 lead.
The Lady T's answered back with a 9-3 scoring run to earn their first lead of the game at 9-8 with 15:47 left in the first-half.
Leading 22-21, Dakota State stormed with a 15-4 scoring run in a span of 5:25 – including making nine free-throws during the scoring run – to earn the biggest lead of the game at 37-25 with 3:24 remaining before halftime.
Dakota State held a 42-34 halftime advantage.
The Lady T's shot 44.8 percent in the first twenty minutes of the game (13-for-29) compared to UJ 39.3 percent (11-for-28). DSU was 3-for-6 from the 3-point line (50 percent), while the Jimmies were 2-for-9 from the 3-point arc (22.2 percent). Dakota State nailed down 13 free-throws in 20 attempts (65 percent). Jamestown was 10-for-15 from the free-throw line (66.7 percent).
The Jimmies started the second-half with a 23-14 scoring run to regain their lead at 57-56 with 7:42 remaining in the game.
Knotted at 59-59, Dakota State went on to score five straight points for a 66-61 lead with 4:43 left in the game.
Trailing 76-71 with 1:43 remaining, the Jimmies closed with a 5-0 run to tie the game. Jordan Bridges made a basket with less than 18 seconds left to tie the game at 76-76.
DSU Kylie Westover's attempt for a game-winning shot fell short as the game was extended into overtime.
UJ outscored the Lady T's 42-34 in the second half.
After both teams made a basket to start the overtime period, the Jimmies scored seven straight points to earn an 85-78 lead with 45 seconds left in the game.
The Lady T's could get no closer than six points at 88-82 with 23 seconds left as UJ secured the victory.
Jamestown was 3-for-5 from the field and converted 7-of-8 free-throws in overtime. DSU was 3-for-11 from the field and did not attempt a free-throw in overtime.
Westover scored 17 points for the Lady T's. She drained three 3-pointers and moved up to No. 3 all-time for most career 3-pointers in DSU Lady T's school record with 234 3-pointers (and three most 3-pointers in a single season with 68).
Drooger added 17 points for DSU. Cassie Jacobsen tallied 11 points. BreeAna Olson had eight points off the bench. Courtney Hamblin scored seven points. Julie Munson had six points. Erin Rabenberg and Sharee Galbraith each had five points.
Olson and Galbraith each grabbed five rebounds for the Lady T's. Munson added four boards.
Drooger and Westover each dished out five assists for DSU. Olson had four assists.
Drooger – the nation's leader in blocked shots and current single season school record for most blocks with 133 – recorded three blocks in the game for the Lady T's.
Jacobsen and Rabenberg each had two steals for Dakota State.
Six players scored in double digits for the Jimmies. Kyra Dewald scored 15 points. Steele had a double-double of 14 points and dished out 13 assists. Jessica Buck and Morgan Mathison each scored 12 points off the bench. Megan Pold had 11 points. Bridges had 10 points.
Pold earned nine rebounds for UJ. Alexis Watts added seven rebounds.
Bridges and Buck each recorded two blocked shots for Jamestown. Bridges had three steals.
UJ shot 50 percent overall from the field (31-for-62) – including 20-for-34 from the field in the final 25 minutes of the game (58.8 percent). The Lady T's were 41.4 percent from the field (29-for-70).
The Jimmies were 9-for-17 from the 3-point arc (52.9 percent) and drained 7 3-pointers in 8 attempts in the second-half and overtime. DSU was 5-for-12 overall from the 3-point arc (41.7 percent), extending their streak to 62 consecutive games with a 3-pointer made.
Jamestown went to the free-throw line 30 times, making 19 free-throws (63.3 percent). The Lady T's were 19-for-28 from the free-throw line (67.9 percent).
UJ outrebounded DSU 45-36.
The game featured a total of eight lead changes and seven ties.
It was the final regular-season home collegiate game for five Lady T's seniors – Drooger, Hamblin, Jacobsen, Munson and Westover.
Dakota State finished their first year in the NSAA Women's Basketball tied for third place in the standings with Valley City State (N.D.) (3-5 NSAA record). The Lady T's will be the fourth-seed in the postseason tournament quarterfinals on Thursday as they will host Presentation (S.D.). Tip-off from the DSU Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.
Jamestown, the second-seed in the NSAA conference postseason tournament, will play in the semifinals against the third-seed Valley City State. The game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at the Civic Center in Jamestown, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director