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Trojan women’s hoopsters fall to No. 13 Minot State
January 7, 2011
MINOT, N.D. - The Dakota State University women's basketball team returned back to Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) action on Friday night. The Trojans visited nationally-ranked Minot State at the MSU Dome. The Beavers shot 63.3 percent from the field in the second-half as Minot State defeated the Trojans 79-57.
It was the first DAC conference game of 2011 for both teams.
Dakota State suffered their third straight loss. The Trojans dropped their overall record to 4-9 and winless in two DAC games. Minot State, No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll, raised their record to 11-3 and 2-1 in the conference.
With Minot State leading 14-13 with twelve minutes and 53 seconds left in the first-half, the Beavers used an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 22-15. The Trojans cut the deficit to 24-20 with less than ten minutes remaining before intermission.
MSU closed the first-half with a 15-8 run to lead 39-28 at halftime.
The Beavers opened the second-half with a 13-4 run to expand their lead to 52-32. Minot State outscored the Trojans 40-29 in the game's final 20 minutes to secure the victory.
The Trojans struggled from the field in the second-half, shooting 23.5 percent from the field (8-for-34).
Kylie Westover led Dakota State with 16 points off the bench. She shot 6-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-10 from the 3-point arc. Courtney Hamblin added 11 points. Katie Bourk scored eight points. April Mielke grabbed seven rebounds. LaTasha Dowell recorded five assists.
Carly Boag had a double-double of 23 points and recorded 15 rebounds (eight offensive) for Minot State. She had four blocks and four steals. Boag shot 10-for-15 from the field. Caroline Folven added 21 points and five steals. Dora Garza had 12 points off the bench. Lauren Safranski dished out five assists.
The Beavers shot 50.7 percent (34-for-67) from the field compared to the Trojans' 32.8 percent (19-for-58). DSU was 9-for-34 (26.5 percent) from the 3-point line, while Minot State only made one 3-pointer in 13 attempts (7.7 percent).
MSU won the rebounding battle 45-32. The Trojans suffered 32 turnovers in the game (19 in the first-half) compared to the Beavers' 23.
It could be Dakota State's last time making a regular season trip to Minot State as both teams make their own transitions next year. The Trojans are making a move to become an independent team with the NAIA, while Minot State jumps to NCAA Division II. Minot State and Dakota State will meet for their second meeting on Feb. 5 in Madison, S.D.
Dakota State looks to snap their three-game losing streak on Saturday night. The Trojans face Dickinson State at the Scott Gymnasium in Dickinson, N.D. Tip-off is slated at 5 p.m. (CT)/4 p.m. (MT).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director