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Haws edge Comets: Dickinson State withstands 3-point barrage to defeat Mayville State

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson State senior center Jess Bygate, right, goes up for a layup against Mayville’s Angela Tauer during the first half of a nonconference game in the Sam Milanovich Class on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium.

With Mayville State women’s basketball team’s All-American post Marcisa McMillian out because of injury, the team was going to have to rely on 3-pointer shooting.

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Dickinson State knew the 3-point barrage was coming.

The Blue Hawks’ game plan served themselves well and they withstood the Comets’ 42 3-pointer attempts en route to an 85-83 win during the Sam Milanovich Classic on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium.

“They’ve been average 35 3-pointers per game, so we knew it was going to be bombs away,” DSU head coach Mark Graupe said. “They are a good team and they played a tough schedule. We knew they were going to be a quality opponent. We told the girls to have a little patience on offense.”

Mayville’s biggest threats from beyond the arch were junior Sabrina Rude and senior Hailey Longtin. The two went a combined 13 of 34 (38 percent). Rude finished with a game-high 29 points, while Longtin supplied 17.

Rude didn’t have a shot attempt from inside the arch until the final 30 seconds of the game. Rude knocked down a baseline jumper to bring the Comets within one point, 84-83.

Mayville head coach Dennis Hutter said Rude and Longtin both have the green light from anywhere around the arch.

“(Sabrina) is a very good shooter,” he said. “She’s one of the top 10 3-point shooters in the country. She’s can shoot it whenever she wants to along with Longtin.”

To combat the 3-point shooting, the Blue Hawks responded with Mariah Duran’s all-around effort. The senior guard had 28 points, six assists and four rebounds. Duran supplied a couple transition buckets, which in the long run helped the Blue Hawks gel offensively.

“We played a lot of team offense today, which is nice,” she said. “I felt like TaRicka (Linzy) did a great job of on-ball defense. She was able to get steals and she was looking up the court for fast breaks.”

The biggest lift for DSU’s offense was the inside presence of Jess Bygate, Ja’Lisa Gatlin and Ashley Kennedy, who all had double-digit points. Gatlin supplied 15, while Bygate and Kennedy each had 13.

Graupe said each post presence has different strengths and weaknesses, but when they are all on the floor at the same time everything down low runs smooth.

“Ja’Lisa and Jess can both shoot long-range shots and shot with their backs to the basket,” he said. “I think Jess is in a little bit of struggle, but I think the world of Jess. She’s just had some tough luck. Kennedy is a big, strong, smart gal. The think about Kennedy is that she talks and she’s smart.”

During the second half, the Blue Hawks never relinquished the lead to the Comets. However, Mayville tried and tried and tried. Every time DSU attempted to extend its lead further, the Comets sank a 3-pointer.

“Especially that last 3-pointer (Rude) hit, I was guarding her, I had a hand in her face and turned around to my coach and said ‘what else do you need me to do?’” she said with laugh. “They are really good shooters and sometimes you just have to give them credit. We were just trying the best that we could to get a hand in their face and if they knock it down, there’s nothing you can do about it.”

The Blue Hawks never had a double-digit lead, but came close on multiple occasions. DSU held two nine-point leads. The first was after Duran hit a transition layup to make it 55-46. Duran also aided in the second hitting a 3-pointer to lift the Blue Hawks back to a 64-55 lead at the 11:20 mark.

From the rest of the second half, it was a back-and-forth battle. The Comets had a couple chances in the closing seconds, but the Blue Hawks didn’t give their opponent an open look.

In the first half, there were six ties and seven lead changes. Each team’s largest lead in the first half was five points — DSU’s was 40-35 and Mayville’s 5-0.

Mayville’s inside presence was Liza Hoglo, who finished with 17 points and six rebounds. The Comets were outrebounded 52-44, which is an area Hutter stressed the entire game including halftime.

“We didn’t rebound very well and we haven’t rebounded well all weekend,” he said. “It’s a situation where we need to defend a little bit better. I thought for the most part they played hard, but the bottom line is we have a find a way to defend.”

The Blue Hawks continue their season hosting Rocky Mountain for the Frontier Conference opener at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Graupe said he hasn’t watch much film on the Bears, but he was able to watch them during the Sam Milanovich Class and he was impressed with what he saw.

“Rocky is really good,” Graupe said. “From the two games that I saw them play this weekend, I thought they looked really good. They are tough and well coached.”

MAYVILLE STATE: Angela Tauer 0-4 2-2 2, Samantha Heier 1-4 4-4 7, Hailey Longtin 5-18 3-4 17, Liza Hoglo 7-13 3-5 17, Sabrina Rude 10-22 0-0 29, Kay Laforet 2-6 2-2 6, Missy Kassube 2-6 0-2 4, Brooke McNary 0-1 0-0 0, Erica Henrikson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 27-74 14-19 .

DICKINSON STATE: Jess Bygate 5-14 3-4 13, Porsha Wadsworth 1-2 1-3 3, Dawne Degel 2-9 0-0 4, Mariah Duran 9-16 5-6 28, TaRicka Linzy 0-5 0-0 0, Alyssa Hildebrand 0-1 2-2 2, Ja’Lisa Gatlin 6-9 3-4 15, Rachael McDonough 0-1 1-2 1, Ashley Kennedy 5-6 3-3 13, Hannah Beede 3-7 0-0 6, Jalyn Klauzeer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 31-70 18-24 85.

Halftime: DSU 42-39. Total fouls: MSU 19, DSU 17. 3-point goals: MSU 14-42 (Rude 9-21, Longtin 4-13, Heier 1-4, Taier 0-2), DSU 5-18 (Duran 5-10, Degel 0-3, Linzy 0-3, Gatlin 0-1. Beede 0-1). Rebounds: MSU 44 (Kassube 7), DSU 52 (Bygate 9). Assists: MSU 17 (Hoglo 6, Laforet 6), DSU 25 (Linzy 9). Steals: MSU 7 (Laforet 2, Kassube 2), DSU 5 (Linzy 2). Blocks: DSU 3 (three with 1). Turnovers: MSU 12 (Heier 3, Longtin 3), DSU 17 (Linzy 5).