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

February 18, 2017

Photos credits by Donald Weidler

MADISON, S.D. – Mayville State (N.D.) shot 47.2 percent overall from the field Saturday afternoon in their 77-68 North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball conference victory over Dakota State (S.D.) at DSU Fieldhouse.  It was the regular-season finale for both teams.

Dakota State is 8-21 overall record and finished in a two-way tie for sixth-place in the North Star conference standings with a 5-11 record (Presentation, S.D.).  Mayville State improved to 16-11 overall record and is tied for fourth-place in the standings with Bellevue (Neb.) (9-7 record).

BreeAna Olson made a pair of free-throws to give the Lady T's their first lead of the game at 2-0 with nine minutes an forty seconds on the clock.  The Comets scored 10 straight points to open up a 10-2 lead with 7:45 left in the first-period.

Trailing 14-6, DSU made their first field goal of the game after Olson drained a 3-pointer with 5:31 on the clock.  The Lady T's continued their scoring run, outscoring MSU 7-0 and cut their lead to 14-13 with 4:07 to go in the first.

Mayville State led 22-18 after the first quarter.

The Comets widen their lead to nine points at 29-20 after a 3-pointer by Karleigh Weber with 8:11 to go in the second quarter.  The Lady T's closed the second-half with an 11-3 scoring run, thanks to Lindsey Vogl's 3-pointers as the first-half expired.

MSU held on to a 34-31 halftime advantage.  The Comets were 12-of-29 from the field (41.4 percent) in the first twenty minutes of the game while the Lady T's were 9-of-28 field goals (32.1 percent).

The game kept close throughout the third quarter.  Kelley Criddle made a basket to knot the game at 41-41 with 5:09 to go in the period.

MSU expanded their lead to 53-47 after a field goal by Taylor Skjordal with less than a minute to go in the third period.  Britley Plautz nailed down a basket inside the paint as the third quarter expired as DSU trimmed Comets' lead to 53-49.

Mayville State kicked off the fourth quarter with an 11-4 run to gain the first double-digit lead of the game at 64-53 with less than seven minutes to go.

The Lady T's could get no closer than eight points at 64-56 when Olson hit a 3-point field goal with 6:41 remaining.

The Comets maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the game before Olson made a basket by the end of regulation in her final career regular-season collegiate basketball game at DSU Fieldhouse.

MSU outscored DSU 24-19 in the final quarter.

Olson finished the game with a game-high 26 points for the Lady T's.  She was 9-of-13 from the field, 2-of-5 from the 3-point arc and made both free-throw attempts.  Olson also recorded a career-high eight steals in the game, tying for the fourth-most steals in a single game in the Lady T's basketball record book.  She surpassed Julie Heinz (282 career steals from 1983-87) for the second-most career steals in the record book, recording a total of 284 career steals.

Jamie Tebben and Plautz each tallied eight points for DSU.  Cassie Jones and Criddle each had six points. 

Kennedy Wagner and Olson each dished out five assists for Dakota State.  Plautz recorded three blocked shots.

Plautz pulled down 10 rebounds for the Lady T's.  Tebben collected eight rebounds.

Andi Gayner posted a double-double of 20 points and earned 11 rebounds for the Comets.  Weber had a team-high 22 points on her 7-of-10 field goals, including 5-of-6 3-pointers.  Naomi Torgerson had 12 points.

Andrea Skillingstad registered seven rebounds and two blocks for MSU.  Torgerson dished out four assists.  Weber stole the ball three times. 

Mayville State was 25-of-53 from the field compared to Dakota State 24-of-65 (36.9 percent).  The Comets were 10-of-22 from the 3-point line, while the Lady T's were 4-of-21 3-pointers. 

DSU finished with a perfect 16-of-16 from the free-throw line.  MSU was 17-of-22 free-throws (77.3 percent).

Mayville State outrebounded Dakota State 38-33 in the game.  Both teams scored six second-chance points and 19 bench points. 

The Lady T's basketball team honored Olson after the completion of the game, honoring her as she played in her final career collegiate basketball regular-season game at DSU Fieldhouse.

Dakota State and Mayville State will prepare for the North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament on Wednesday.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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