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Trojan women’s fall in closing seconds to Dickinson State
February 4, 2011
MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota State University women's basketball team continued their Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) action on Friday night. The Trojans hosted Dickinson State at the DSU Fieldhouse. The Trojans staged a second-half rally, but fell short to the Blue Hawks 58-54.
Dakota State suffered their sixth straight defeat and dropped their overall record to 5-16 and 1-8 in the DAC Conference. Dickinson State lifted their record to 12-10 and 5-5 in the conference.
Dickinson State opened with a 7-1 lead in the first three minutes of the game. The Trojans cut their deficit to 16-14 with 8:31 left before intermission.
The Blue Hawks limited the Trojans to four points in the final eight minutes of the first-half. Dakota State trailed 29-18 by intermission.
DaSU struggled from the field the first-half, shooting 25 percent (6-for-24) compared to the Blue Hawks' 43.3 percent (13-for-30).
Dickinson State extended to their largest lead of the game at 34-19 with 18:10 left in regulation.
With the Blue Hawks leading at 45-32 with nearly nine minutes left in the game, Dakota State used a 23-10 scoring tear to trim Dickinson State's lead at 55-54 with 49 seconds left.
The Trojans could not convert their scoring opportunities in the final 49 seconds of the game. The Blue Hawks converted 3-of-4 free-throws to secure the victory.
Dakota State outscored the Blue Hawks 36-29 in the second-half.
April Mielke led the Trojans with 11 points off the bench. She had five rebounds. Kylie Westover added 10 points. Aneshia Starks recorded nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Julie Munson had seven points and four rebounds. LaTasha Dowell and Starks each had three steals.
For Dickinson State, Mandy Mullock had 16 points. Kelsey Boedeker added 13 points. Teryl Norton and Boedeker each dished out four assists. Norton recorded eight rebounds.
The Blue Hawks shot an overall 43.6 percent from the field (24-for-55) compared to the Trojans' 33.3 percent (18-for-54). Dakota State was 12-for-15 from the free-throw line (80 percent), while the Blue Hawks were 6-for-10 (60 percent).
Dickinson State won the rebounding battle 37-35. The Trojans outscored the Blue Hawks 16-9 in second-chance points.
DiSU suffered 19 turnovers in the game compared to the Trojans' 14.
Dakota State will try to attempt to snap their losing streak on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans will host Minot State in a DAC conference game at the DSU Fieldhouse. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director