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Dickinson State Athlete of the Week - Madison Hansen

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The Dickinson State women's basketball team came as close to a win as they have in a long time on Saturday versus Dakota State (S.D.), aided by freshman Madison Hansen.

The 5-foot-10 Broadus, Mont. native scored eight points and collected eight rebounds in the first half of the game, which the Blue Hawks went on to lose 61-56, Saturday Jan. 27 at Scott Gymnasium. Hansen got into foul trouble early in the second half, causing her to sit most of the remaining minutes.

The previous night in a 49-40 loss to Bellevue University (Neb.), Hansen scored eight points, just one shy of the team high.

DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU?

MH: "I'm from Broadus, Mont. and I chose Dickinson because my dad played here when he was in college. My oldest sister played volleyball here and my middle sister is in nursing."

DP: How long have you been playing basketball? What do you enjoy most about it?

MH: "(I started playing) officially in sixth grade but we did tournament teams when I was little in fifth grade. I (like) competing and making new friends and making memories."

DP: What's your major?

MH: "Exercise science, I want to be a physical therapist."

DP: What kind of team goals do you guys have for the rest of the year?

MH: "Well obviously we want to get better and win some games, that would be really nice and then make it to the tournament."

DP: Any personal goals?

MH: "Probably just to play for four years and hopefully get to start in those four years and maybe be a captain in that time."

DP: Last show you binged on Netflix?

MH: "Criminal Minds."

DP: What is your favorite movie?

MH: "Lord of the Rings."

DP: You only get to eat one food for the rest of your life, what do you choose?

MH: "I love steak. I miss the way my dad makes it."

DP: Who has been your biggest inspiration to succeed?

MH: "My dad because he played here and I wanted to be like him."