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Bellevue University
Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 18, 2017

February 17, 2017

Photos credits by Nick Hauser and Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University (S.D.) Lady T's basketball team continued its four-game home stand Friday evening, hosting Bellevue (Neb.) in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Women's Basketball conference action at DSU Fieldhouse.  The Bruins won by the score of 66-52 over the Lady T's, where BU outrebounded DSU 55-36 in the game.

Dakota State dropped their overall record to 8-20 and 5-10 record in the North Star conference game, remaining in a two-way tie for sixth place with Presentation (S.D.) who lost on the road at Valley City State (N.D.) Friday.  Bellevue improved their overall record to 15-14 and 8-7 NSAA record, two-way tie for fourth-place in the conference standings with Mayville State (N.D.).

The Lady T's and Bruins exchanged leads five times and tied the game three times in the first ten minutes of the game.  Bellevue held a 16-14 lead after the first period, where the Lady T's had six difference players scored in the first quarter. 

BU went on a 9-3 scoring tear to grab a 25-17 lead with 3:39 left in the second quarter after a basket by Caletria Curtis.  The Bruins went on to lead 31-23 by halftime after outscoring the Lady T's 15-9 in the second period.

DSU shot 35.7 percent from the field (10-of-28) compared to BU 33.3 percent (12-of-36) in the first-half.

The Lady T's used a 5-0 scoring run to kick off the third period – a 3-pointer by Kennedy Wagner and a pair of free-throws by Britley Plautz – to pull within three points at 31-28 with less than seven minutes on the clock.

Bellevue answered back with a 9-3 run to extend their lead to 40-31 after a field goal by Curtis with 3:53 on the clock in the third.  BU led 44-38 after three quarters.

Dakota State was able to pull back within three points on two different occasions in the fourth quarter.  A 3-pointer by Cassie Jones with 7:33 remaining trimmed BU's lead to 48-45.  BreeAna Olson added a field goal with 6:43 left as the Lady T's trailed at 50-47.

The Bruins sparked a 7-0 scoring run to grab the first double-digit lead of the game at 57-47 with 4:22 remaining.

DSU could get no closer than seven points at 59-52 as BU closed the game with a 7-0 run in the final 1:36 of the game.  Bellevue outscored Dakota State 22-14 in the fourth quarter.

BU was 26.9 percent from the field (7-of-26), while DSU was 7-of-28 field goals (25 percent) in the second-half.

Plautz led the Lady T's with 10 points.  Lindsey Vogl scored nine points off the bench after draining three 3-pointers.  Jones and Wagner each added eight points.  Olson had six points. 

Plautz, Vogl and Kelsey Poppen each grabbed five rebounds for Dakota State.  Jamie Tebben and Shemika Frazier each had four rebounds.  Plautz, Wagner, Olson and Kelley Criddle each registered a blocked shot.

Jones dished out a game-high five assists for Dakota State.  Frazier added three assists.  Olson stole the ball twice.

Curtis produced a double-double of 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Bruins.  Angeliece added 14 points (4-of-6 from the 3-point arc).  Taylor Cormier scored 11 points. 

Beth Walker had seven points and seven rebounds off the bench for BU.  Cassidy Hubbs recorded three blocks.  Curtris produced four assists.

Both teams struggled from the field with Bellevue shooting 30.6 percent (19-of-62 field goals).  Dakota State was 30.4 percent field goal shooting (17-of-56).  BU was 7-of-21 3-pointers (33.3 percent) while the Lady T's were 6-of-18 from the 3-point line (33.3 percent).

Bellevue converted 21-of-32 free-throws (65.6 percent), with 18-of-24 free-throws coming in the second-half.  Dakota State was 12-of-18 free-throws (66.7 percent), 11-of-16 from the free-throw line in the final twenty minutes.

BU recorded 19 offensive rebounds compared to DSU 7 offensive rebounds.  The Bruins outscored the Lady T's 17-6 in second-chance points. 

Both teams scored eight points off turnovers.  The Lady T's outscored the Bruins 18-14 in bench points.

Dakota State wraps up their regular-season Saturday afternoon as they host Mayville State (N.D.).  Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse as part of Senior Night.  The Senior Night will be held after the completion of the game.

Bellevue concludes their regular-season on the road Saturday afternoon, visiting Waldorf (Iowa).  The game is set for 3 p.m. at Hanson Fieldhouse in Forest City, Iowa.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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