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Viterbo University
Women's Basketball - Sun, Feb. 5, 2017

February 4, 2017

La CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo (Wis.) held their lead for the majority of the game Saturday afternoon in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Women's Basketball action with Dakota State (S.D.) at R.W. Beggs Gymnasium.  The Lady T's erased a seven-point deficit early in the fourth quarter and forced overtime, outscoring the V-Hawks 16-6 for a 68-58 come-from-behind victory.

Dakota State earned their fourth victory in the last five games, raising their overall record to 8-17.  The Lady T's had won their third straight North Star conference game and lifted their conference record to 5-7.  DSU also moved into a half-game behind for fifth place in the NSAA conference standings (Mayville State, N.D. currently is 6-7 record in the North Star).

Viterbo lost their 16th straight game, falling to 2-25 overall record and 1-12 record in the North Star conference play. 

The V-Hawks opened the game by scoring five straight points for a 5-0 lead with seven minutes and twenty-six seconds on the clock.  The Lady T's ended their scoring drought with 6:44 left in the first period after BreeAna Olson went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line (DSU trailed 5-1).

Trailing 10-6, DSU shut down VU 6-0 in the final 2:26 of the first period to knot the game at 10-10. 

Viterbo used another fast start to kick off the second quarter, outscoring Dakota State 7-0 in the first 1:51 to grab a 17-10 lead.  The V-Hawks went on to record its biggest lead of the game at 24-16 with 3:24 remaining before halftime.

The Lady T's answered back by using another strong closing run, outscoring the V-Hawks 11-2 in the final 3:06 of the first-half.  Kelley Criddle made a jump shot just seconds before halftime, giving DSU its first lead of the game and a slim 27-26 halftime lead.

Both teams traded leads in the early going of the third quarter before VU took a six-point lead at 39-33 with 1:55 on the clock.

Viterbo outscored Dakota State 15-8 in the third quarter to take 41-35 lead.

Down 43-36 in the early fourth period, Dakota State stormed back with a 9-0 scoring outburst to regain their lead at 45-43 with 5:37 remaining in the game.

With the game knotted at 49-49, Olson made a lay-up to give the Lady T's a 51-49 lead with 1:37 left.  After VU could not convert a pair of scoring possession, Kennedy Wagner went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line to extend DSU's lead to 52-49 with less than 35 seconds to go in the game.

Mariah Weddle drained a 3-pointer as Viterbo tied the game for the seventh time at 52-52 with 16 seconds to go.

DSU committed a turnover with five seconds left in regulation, while VU was unable to complete the final possession of regulation.

The Lady T's outscored the V-Hawks 17-11 in the final ten minutes of regulation, extending the game into overtime.

Dakota State stormed to a seven-point lead after opening the extra period with a 9-0 spurt, racing to a 61-52 lead with 1:20 remaining. 

The V-Hawks snapped their 3:51 scoring drought with a free-throw by Kassi Hofschild, trimming DSU's lead to 61-53.

The Lady T's secured the game by making 7-of-10 free-throws in the final 51 seconds of the game.  Dakota State recorded its biggest lead of the game at 65-53 after a pair of free-throws by Cassie Jones with less than 30 seconds to go.

Dakota State was 2-of-4 from the field and 11-of-18 from the free-throw line in extra period.  Viterbo was held to 2-12 field goal shooting (16.7 percent), including 1-of-9 3-pointers, and 1-of-2 from the free-throw line in overtime.

Olson tied her career-high 28 points for the Lady T's.  She was 9-of-16 from the field, 2-of-5 from the 3-point line and made 8-of-12 free-throws.  Wagner added 11 points.  Criddle scored 10 points off the bench (3-of-5 field goals and 4-of-5 free-throws).  Shemika Frazier tallied six points.

Wagner pulled down eight rebounds and registered two blocks for DSU.  Criddle earned seven rebounds.

Frazier produced four assists and stole the ball three times for Dakota State.  Olson added three assists.

Alyssa Nilssen went 9-of-19 from the field to score 19 points for the V-Hawks.  Weddle added 12 points.  Bailey Jones recorded seven points. 

Hofschild grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for VU.  Weddle and Nilssen each added nine rebounds.  Nilssen had three assists.

Dakota State shot 37.3 percent overall from the field (19-of-51), while holding Viterbo to 28 percent field goal shooting (21-of-75).  The Lady T's were 4-of-11 3-pointers (36.4 percent) compared to the V-Hawks 6-of-24 3-pointers (25 percent).

DSU went to the free-throw line 39 times, making 26 free-throws (66.7 percent).  VU was 10-of-14 free-throws (71.4 percent).

The V-Hawks outrebounded the Lady T's 53-43 in the game.

Dakota State returns home to kick off their four-game home stand at DSU Fieldhouse next weekend.  The Lady T's host No. 23-ranked Dickinson State (N.D.) on Friday evening.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Madison, S.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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