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DSU loses to Eagles in women’s basketball action Saturday
January 29, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Dakota State University women's basketball team played their last non-conference regular season game on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans faced AIB College of Business Eagles in both teams' first ever meeting at the AIB Activities Center. The Eagles made 20-of-28 free-throws in the second-half to defeat DSU 66-61.
Dakota State suffered their fifth straight loss and dropped their overall record to 5-15. AIBC, first-year member of the NAIA, raised their record to 11-12.
The Trojans and Eagles traded leads in the first ten minutes of the game. With DSU leading 12-11 with 9:20 left before halftime, the Eagles used an 11-4 run to grab a 21-16 lead.
AIBC went on to lead 22-19 at intermission.
Dakota State opened the second-half with a 13-7 run to regain their lead at 29-28 with less than 17 minutes left in regulation.
With the game tied at 37-37 with 11:27 on the clock, the Eagles went on a 30-18 scoring tear to grab the biggest lead at 58-47 with 3:17 left in the game. The Trojans trimmed their deficit to 61-57 with 32 seconds left, but could not get any closer.
LaTasha Dowell recorded a double-double of 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for DSU. She had five assists. Cassie Jacobsen added 11 points. Kylie Westover recorded nine points. Courtney Hamblin had 10 rebounds.
McKinsey Nessa led the Eagles with 23 points and eight rebounds. She made 13-of-16 free-throws. Cailtin Hagarty and Stephanie Markey each added nine points. Markley had nine rebounds. Hagarty and Megan Howard each recorded four steals.
The Trojans shot better from the field in the game, shooting 37.7 percent (23-of-61) compared to the Eagles' 30.2 percent (19-of-63).
AIBC was 23-for-34 (67.6 percent) overall from the free-throw line compared to DSU 7-for-8 (87.5 percent).
Dakota State committed 35 turnovers compared to the Eagles' 20. The Trojans outrebounded the Eagles 50-39.
The Trojans will return back to Dakota Athletic Conference action on Friday night. DSU will try to snap their five-game losing streak as they host Dickinson State at the DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated at 5:30 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director