February 27, 2014
PHOTO GALLERY - Photos courtesy by Cody Welu; Donald Weidler
MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) led wire-to-wire Thursday evening at DSU Fieldhouse in first-ever North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Women's Basketball Postseason Tournament's quarterfinals versus Presentation (S.D.). The Lady T's stormed past the Saints by the score of 97-69 to extend their season.
Dakota State, No. 4 seed in the postseason conference tournament, improved their overall record to 12-19 – six more victories than last season. Fifth-seeded Presentation finished their first year in the NSAA with an overall record of 5-22 (0-8 in NSAA conference games).
The Lady T's swept all four games over Presentation this season.
The Saints missed their first ten shots of the game and committed five turnovers to allow the Lady T's race to a 15-1 lead with nearly 13 minutes left in the first-half. DSU was 6-for-9 from the field and scored 10 points inside the paint during their fast opening start.
Dakota State's lead grew to 36-7 with 6:18 left before halftime, the biggest lead of the first-half.
The Lady T's shot a sizzling 65.5 percent from the field (19-for-29) to earn a 50-22 halftime lead. The Saints were 8-for-33 from the field (24.2 percent). DSU was 5-for-10 from the 3-point line (50 percent) compared to PC 1-for-14 from the 3-point arc (7.1 percent).
DSU recorded the biggest lead of the game at 58-26 with 15:46 remaining in the game.
Presentation could get no closer than 20 points at 80-60 with 4:18 left. The Lady T's sealed the game by closing the game with a 17-9 scoring run.
Dakota State shot 48.6 percent from the field (17-for-35) in the final twenty minutes of the game compared to PC 45.2 percent (19-for-42).
Five Lady T players scored in double digits led by Courtney Hamblin with 15 points off the bench. She was 5-for-7 from the field and made all four free-throws. Kylie Westover and BreeAna Olson each added 13 points. Cassie Jacobsen scored 11 points. Erin Rabenberg had 10 points off the bench.
A total of 13 players scored in the game for Dakota State. Swenson had eight points. Sharee Galbraith scored six points. Julie Munson had five points. Alyson Drooger and Jordan Hansen each had four points.
Olson and Galbraith each dished out six assists for the Lady T's. Drooger added four assists.
Hamblin and Galbraith each led DSU with seven rebounds. Drooger grabbed five rebounds.
Munson, Westover, Olson and Kendra Lindblad each stole the ball two times in the game for Dakota State.
Galbraith recorded six blocks in the game for the Lady T's. Drooger had five blocked shots.
Sydney Larson poured in a game-high 20 points for Presentation. She was 10-for-13 from the field. Hannah Phillips added 17 points. Jackie Miller had 12 points and dished out five assists. Rachel Fuhrmann recorded nine points.
Larson earned nine boards for the Saints. Fuhrmann added eight rebounds.
Dakota State shot a blazing 56.3 percent overall from the field (36-for-64) compared to the Saints' 36 percent (27-for-75). The Lady T's were 6-for-16 from the 3-point line (37.5 percent), while PC was 6-for-27 from the 3-point arc (22.2 percent).
DSU converted 19 free-throws in 27 attempts (70.4 percent). Presentation is 9-for-14 from the free-throw.
The Lady T's outrebounded the Saints 44-41 in the game.
DSU outscored Presentation 51-9 in bench points and 54-29 inside the paint.
The Lady T's are 11-2 record this season when holding a halftime lead. In addition, DSU is 12-0 record when they held their opponents to less than 69 points.
Dakota State looks to continue their run in the postseason play on Sunday afternoon. The Lady T's travel to Mayville, N.D. to take on the top-seed Mayville State (N.D.) – ranked No. 11 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll – in the NSAA Women's Basketball Conference Postseason's semifinals. Tip-off from the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse is set for 3 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director