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DSU falls short for an upset bid versus No. 19 Mount Marty in women’s basketball
December 6, 2010
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University women's basketball team began their four-game home stand Monday night at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans faced Mount Marty in a non-conference game. The Lancers rallied in the second-half and closed the game with a 9-4 run to secure a 59-55 victory.
Dakota State suffered their second straight game and dropped their overall record to 3-6. Mount Marty won their fourth straight game and raised their overall record to 9-3. Just a few minutes into the game, the NAIA Women's Basketball Division II announced their top 25 rankings and Mount Marty is ranked No. 19 after receiving recognition last week.
Mount Marty raced to the largest lead of the game at 17-6 with eleven minutes and 36 seconds left in the first-half. Dakota State answered back with a 19-8 run to tie the game at 25-25 with less than 2:30 before halftime.
A lay-up by Cassie Jacobsen put DSU 29-27 at halftime.
The Trojans started the second-half with a 15-9 run for their largest lead at 44-36 with less than 12 minutes left in the game.
Mount Marty went on a 9-1 scoring tear in a span of four minutes to tie the game at 45-45 with 7:25 left in regulation.
With Dakota State leading at 51-50 with 3:47 left in the game, the Lancers answered with five straight points to grab a 55-51 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
The Lancers secured the victory by converting 4-for-4 free-throws in the last 18 seconds of the game.
Kylie Westover scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Trojans. She shot 5-for-10 from the field, including 2-for-5 from the 3-point range. Jacobsen added 13 points and recorded eight boards. Katie Bourk recorded nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. Aneshia Starks had eight points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Courtney Hamblin scored seven points off the bench.
For the Lancers, Kylie Gross had a game-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She went 10-for-14 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free-throw line. Cassie Neth and Jenny Miller added 11 points. Miller recorded nine rebounds and dished out eight assists.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field in the game. The Lancers shot 22-for-57 (38.6 percent) compared to the Trojans' 22-for-66 (33.3 percent). Dakota State went 6-for-25 (24 percent) from the 3-point line. Mount Marty struggled from the 3-point line, going 2-for-22 (9.1 percent).
Mount Marty was 13-for-19 (68.4 percent) from the free-throw line (10-for-14 in the second-half) compared to the Trojans' 5-for-8 (62.5 percent).
The Trojans suffered 18 turnovers in the game. The Lancers recorded 10 turnovers.
DSU was plus-16 in rebounding. The Trojans recorded 51 rebounds (17 offensive rebounds) compared to the Lancers' 35 (6 offensive rebounds).
The Lancers outscored the Trojans 38-28 in the paint. DSU scored 21 points off the bench compared to the Lancers' 6.
Dakota State will continue their four-game home stand on Thursday night. The Trojans will host NCAA Division III Presentation College in a women's/men's doubleheader. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director