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Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 11, 2017

February 11, 2017

Photos credits by Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) held a 30-27 halftime advantage over Valley City State (N.D.) in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Women's Basketball action at DSU Fieldhouse Saturday afternoon.  The Vikings outscored the Lady T's 21-11 in the third quarter and escaped for a 69-59 victory.

Dakota State fell to 8-19 overall record and 5-9 record in the North Star conference play, two-way tie for sixth-place in the conference standings.  Valley City State, receiving votes in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, won their fifth straight game and raised their overall record to 20-7 and 11-3 record in NSAA.  VCSU holds a sole possession for third-place in the North Star conference standings.

The Lady T's led the entire first period, with the Vikings tying the game three times.  DSU had the biggest lead of the first quarter at 10-6 after a field goal by Kennedy Wagner with less than three minutes to go.  Dakota State held a 15-12 lead in the first ten minutes of the game.

VCSU kicked off the second quarter by scoring four straight points to earn their first lead of the game.  Hannah Schlecht made a pair of free-throws to give the Vikings a 16-15 lead with 8:34 on the clock.

Leading 20-19, DSU went on a 6-0 scoring tear – with four points coming from Wagner – to expand their lead to 26-19 with 4:39 remaining before intermission.

Valley City State answered back by scoring eight consecutive points to regain their lead at 27-26 with 2:14 left in the second quarter.

Kelsey Poppen made a lay-up with just seconds before the first-half expired, capping off a 4-0 scoring run to earn a three-point lead at halftime (30-27). 

There were a total of seven ties and four lead changes in the first twenty minutes of the game.  The Lady T's were 11-of-34 from the field (32.4 percent) in the first-half compared to the Vikings 10-of-30 (33.3 percent).

VCSU and DSU traded lead or tied the game in the first five-plus minutes of the third quarter.  Trailing 41-39, the Vikings used a 9-0 outburst in the final 3:56 of the third period to take a 48-41 lead.

Valley City State was 7-of-14 from the field (50 percent), including 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc in the third period.  Dakota State was held to 4-of-16 field goals (25 percent).

The Vikings extended their scoring run to 13-0 into the fourth quarter, ballooning to the biggest lead of the game at 52-41 with 8:22 remaining (field goal by Alli Vandal).

After a 3-pointer by Georgia Williams to put VCSU up 55-45, the Lady T's quickly scored five straight points – a basket by Poppen and a 3-pointer by Cassie Jones – to cut the Vikings' lead to 55-50 with 4:41 left.

Dakota State could get no closer than four points at 61-57 with 1:09 left.  Valley City State closed the game with an 8-2 run in the final 1:05 to secure the victory.  VCSU made all eight free-throw attempts in that span.

The Vikings shot 40.7 percent from the field (11-of-27) in the final twenty minutes of the game compared to the Lady T's 28.1 percent (9-of-32).

Wagner led DSU with 18 points on her 5-of-9 field goal shooting and 6-of-7 free-throws.  Jones scored 14 points.  Britley Plautz posted a double-double of 12 points and earned 12 rebounds.  BreeAna Olson tallied nine points.

Wagner and Jamie Tebben each pulled down five rebounds for Dakota State.  Plautz recorded a game-high five blocked shots.

Olson dished out six assists for the Lady T's.  Jones and Wagner each stole the ball three times.

Vandal and Lexi Lennon each scored 20 points for the Vikings.  Vandal had a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds.  Schlecht added 12 points.  Georgia Williams scored eight points.

Williams registered nine rebounds for VCSU.  Vandal recorded four blocks.  Nisja Bass produced four assists and recorded three steals. 

VCSU shot 36.8 percent overall from the field (21-of-57) compared to DSU 30.3 percent (20-of-66).  The Vikings drained 7 3-pointers in 16 attempts (41.2 percent), while the Lady T's were 3-of-12 3-pointers (25 percent).

Valley City State was 20-of-25 free-throws (80 percent) – with 14-of-16 free-throws coming from the second-half.  Dakota State was 16-of-18 from the free-throw line (88.9 percent) – 10-of-11 free-throws in the final twenty minutes of the game.

Both teams scored 16 points off turnovers in the game.  The Lady T's outscored the Vikings 24-22 inside the paint and 16-6 in bench points.

A total of 11 lead changes and 9 ties were recorded in the game.

Dakota State continues their four-game home stand next weekend.  The Lady T's host Bellevue (Neb.) Friday in a 'Black-Out Game' to help raise cancer awareness.  Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.

Valley City State returns home to conclude their regular-season next weekend.  The Vikings will host Presentation (S.D.) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, N.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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