March 2, 2014
MAYVILLE, N.D. – Nationally-ranked and top-seeded Mayville State (N.D.) drained a total of 11 3-pointers in the first-half Sunday afternoon, earning a 102-74 victory over Dakota State (S.D.) in the semifinals of the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Postseason Tournament semifinals at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse.
Dakota State – No. 4 seed in the NSAA postseason tournament – quickly earned a 3-0 lead, thanks to a 3-pointer by Kylie Westover to open the game with nineteen minutes and 48 seconds left in the first-half.
The Comets, No. 11 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, answered back by outscoring the Lady T's 17-2 scoring run to earn a 17-5 lead with less than 15 minutes in the game.
Mayville State drained a total of 11 3-pointers in 20 attempts (55 percent) and raced to a 55-29 halftime lead over DSU. The Comets shot 20-for-44 from the field in the first-half (45.5 percent) compared to the Lady T's 13-for-39 from the field (33.3 percent). DSU was 2-for-12 from the 3-point arc (16.7 percent).
The Lady T's could get no closer than 24 points (55-31) after Alyson Drooger made a basket to kick off the second-half with 19:31 remaining.
The Comets secured the game by maintaining their double digits lead for the rest of the game. Mayville State outscored the Lady T's 47-45 in the final twenty minutes.
Dakota State shot 48.4 percent in the second half, converting 15 baskets in 31 attempts. MSU was 15-for-40 from the field (37.5 percent).
BreeAna Olson led the Lady T's with 17 points. She was 6-for-9 from the field and made all four free-throw attempts. Drooger added 15 points. Cassie Jacobsen and Erin Rabenberg each added seven points. Jayda Swenson scored six points off the bench.
Kylie Westover scored five points in the game and finished fourth in all-time career scoring list with 1,403 points. She accumulated a total of 237 3-pointers, which is the second most 3-pointers in the Lady T's basketball record book.
Sharee Galbraith and Olson each grabbed seven rebounds for DSU. Swenson added six rebounds.
Drooger, Rabenberg and Galbraith each had a blocked shot for Dakota State. Drooger – the nation's leader in blocked shots – finished with a single-season record of 139 blocks. She finished her two-year career with 212 blocked shots – the second-most career blocks in the DSU Lady T's basketball record book.
Two MSU players recorded in double-double in the game. Marcisa McMillan scored 24 points (10-for-17 from the field) and pulled down 13 rebounds. Sabrina Rude added 24 points (8-for-15 from the field and 6-for-12 from the 3-point line) and earned 10 rebounds.
Hailey Longtin poured in 21 points for the Comets (7-for-15 from the field and 5-for-11 from the 3-point arc). Liza Hoglo had 13 points (7-for-8 from the free-throw line) and grabbed eight rebounds.
Samantha Heier produced eight assists for Mayville State.
MSU shot 41.7 percent overall from the field (35-for-84) compared to the Lady T's 40 percent (28-for-70). The Comets were 14-for-41 from the 3-point line (34.1 percent), while DSU was 4-for-22 from the 3-point arc (18.2 percent).
Mayville State went to the free-throw line 20 times, making 18 free-throws (90 percent). The Lady T's were 14-for-17 from the free-throw line (82.4 percent).
MSU outrebounded DSU 54-29 in the game. The Comets will move on the first-ever NSAA Women's Basketball Tournament's championship game versus No. 2 seed Jamestown (N.D.), who erased an eight-point deficit in less than seven minutes remaining over No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) for a 75-66 victory. The NSAA women's basketball championship game is set for 7 p.m. on Tuesday night in Mayville, N.D.
Dakota State finished their regular-season with an overall record of 12-20, the most victories since 2007-08 season (21-11 overall record). The Lady T's improved with six more victories than the previous season. DSU finished tied for third with Valley City State in the inaugural North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball with a 3-5 conference record.
It was the final career collegiate basketball game for five Lady T's seniors – Courtney Hamblin, Drooger, Jacobsen, Munson and Westover.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director