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Women's Basketball - Wed, Feb. 22, 2017

February 22, 2017

DICKINSON, N.D. – Seventh-seeded Dakota State (S.D.) opened up with a 14-11 lead over No. 2 seed Dickinson State (N.D.) after the first period in the quarterfinals round of the North Star Athletic Association Women's Basketball Conference Postseason Tournament at Scott Gymnasium Wednesday evening.  The Blue Hawks outscored the Lady T's 13-6 in the second quarter and never looked back for a 59-45 victory.

The Blue Hawks, ranked No. 21 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, started the game by scoring five straight points to grab a 5-0 lead with eight minutes and forty-three seconds on the clock.

DaSU ended their scoring drought with a basket by Britley Plautz with 8:03 left in the first period (Lady T's trailed 5-2).

Trailing 9-2, Dakota State outscored Dickinson State 12-2 in the final 5:19 of the first quarter to earn a 14-11 lead.  The Lady T's had five players – Kennedy Wagner, Plautz, Cassie Jones, BreeAna Olson and Kelley Criddle – scored during their scoring outburst.

Dakota State shot 40 percent in the first quarter (6-of-15 field goals), while holding Dickinson State to 23.8 percent field goal shooting (5-of-21 field goals).

The Blue Hawks scored four straight points to regain their lead to 15-14 with 8:41 on the clock after a field goal by Megan Klein.  Jones answered back with a basket with 8:01 to go before intermission to give the Lady T's a 17-16 lead.

Dickinson State went on to earn a 24-20 halftime lead, despite shooting 27.8 percent from the field (10-of-36 field goals).  Dakota State was 9-of-30 field goals (30 percent) in the first-half.

Down 25-20 in the third quarter, Jones made a basket followed by Olson's 3-pointer as the Lady T's knotted the game at 25-25 with 7:26 on the clock.

The Blue Hawks maintained their lead as many as six points for the rest of the third quarter.  Dakota State was able to cut DiSU's lead to 37-35 after a 3-point play by Wagner with 2:09 on the clock.

DiSU held a 44-39 lead after three quarters.

Dickinson State used another opening quarter's fast start, using a 5-0 run to widen their lead to 49-41 with 7:09 remaining. 

The Blue Hawks outscored the Lady T's 15-6 in the final quarter, securing a spot in the NSAA's semifinal home game versus No. 3 seed Valley City State (N.D.) who defeated No. 6 seed Presentation (S.D.) 75-57 Wednesday evening.

Olson, who played in her final career collegiate basketball game, finished the game with 10 points for the Lady T's.  She surpassed Kathy Shypulski (1,432 career points from 1997-2001) for the third-most career points in the Lady T's record book.  Olson scored a total of 1,442 career points in 122 games at Dakota State.

Jones added nine points for Dakota State.  Plautz scored eight points.  Criddle tallied six points off the bench.

Plautz pulled down eight rebounds for DaSU.  Wagner and Shelby Vogel each added five rebounds.  Kelsey Poppen, Plautz and Vogel each recorded a blocked shot.

Olson and Shemika Frazier each dished out two assists for the Lady T's.  Olson stole the ball three times.

Klein posted a double-double of 21 points and collected 16 rebounds for the Blue Hawks.  She was 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.  Ashley Bentz-Laub added nine points.  Paitton Herbst had eight points off the bench.

Klein recorded six blocked shots in the game for DiSU.  Taylor Henningsgard produced five assists.

Bentz-Laub and Herbst each had six rebounds for Dickinson State.

The Blue Hawks shot 35.3 percent overall from the field (24-of-68), including 43.8 percent field goal shooting in the second-half.  The Lady T's were 30.2 percent from the field (19-of-63).

DaSU was 4-of-17 from the 3-point line.  DiSU only made one 3-pointer in 19 tries.

The Blue Hawks converted 10-of-13 free-throws, while the Lady T's were 3-of-4 free-throws.

DiSU edged DaSU 47-43 on the boards.

Dakota State ended their season with an overall record of 8-22.  Dickinson State is 23-6 overall record.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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