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Dickinson State rolls past Presentation College

ABERDEEN, S.D. — It was a tale of two halves for the Dickinson State women’s basketball team Saturday.

The Blue Hawks defeated Presentation College 79-69 but their performance dwindled between the first and second halves.

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In the first half, DSU (9-3) held the Saints (2-10) to just 29 points by the half and were up 44-15. Head coach Mark Graupe said the team’s only flaw was allowing Presentation junior forward Jackie Miller do what she does best, make 3-point shots. Miller is ranked No. 2 in the NAIA in 3-point percentage and made 5 of 8 from behind the stripe and had a team-high 17 points.

In the second half, DSU was able to hold its lead over Presentation the entire game, but allowed the Saints to outscore them 40-35. At one point in the half, the Blue Hawks had a 20-point lead over the Saints.

“The second half we kind of just fell apart defensively,” Graupe said. “We allowed 40 points and that was the closest the game ever got was 10. We had upwards of a 20-point lead in the second half but then we let them battle back and that was the closest the game ever was, 10.”

It was another team effort for the Blue Hawks Saturday, with four players finishing in double-digits. Sophomore guard TaRicka Linzy led the team with 22 points, followed by junior forward Ja’Lisa Gatlin with 14 and senior guard Mariah Duran and senior forward Jess Bygate each picked up 12. Graupe said he is pleased with the amount of versatility he has gotten out of his team and how every player has the chance to be a team-leading scorer, not just one.

“It’s one of those deals where I feel like (we) can’t rely on anyone person on our team because we’re just so balanced,” he said. “You never know from game to game who’s going to lead you in scoring and stuff.”

DSU continues its play today against the University of Winnipeg at 2 p.m. in Scott Gymnasium. Graupe said his team had been busy preparing for just Presentation and isn’t quite sure what to expect from his opponent, except a few uncommon defensive schemes. As the last game before winter break, the Blue Hawks had a goal of winning its last three games. The team is two-thirds of the way there and Graupe is excited to see if his team can reach their mini goal.

DICKINSON STATE (9-3): Jess Bygate 5-15 2-4 12, Porsha Wadsworth 0-1 0-0 0, Dawne Degel 3-6 0-0 7,Mariah Duran 4-13 1-2 12, TaRicka Linzy 8-16 3-4 22, Ja’Lisa Gatlin 6-7 2-5 14, Rachael McDonough 0-1 2-2 2, Ashley Kennedy 3-11 1-3 7, Hannah Beede 0-1 0-0 0, Jalyn Klauzer 1-2 1-1 3. Totals: 30-73 12-21 79.

PRESENTATION (2-10): Hannah Phillips 5-14 0-0 11, Abbie Geraci 2-3 0-0 6, Sydney Larson 3-7 0-1 6, Jackie Miller 6-12 0-0 17, Caitlin Robsinson 3-5 0-0 9, Kaylee Vorhees 0-1 0-0 0, Sierra Benning 2-5 0-0 5, Taaler Egeness 0-2 0-0 0, Rachel Fuhrmann 6-11 3-4 15. Totals: 27-60 3-5 69.

Halftime: 44-29. Total fouls: DSU 9, P 13. 3-point goals: DSU 7-22 (Degel 1-3, Duran 3-10, Linzy 3-8, Beede 0-1), P 12-25 (Phillips 1-7, Geraci 2-3, Miller 5-8, Robinson 3-5, Benning 1-2). Rebounds: DSU 44 (Kennedy 8), P 34 (Larson 11). Assists: DSU 20 (Degel, Duran, Linzy 5), P 23 (Egeness, Fuhrmann 4). Steals: DSU 16 (Linzy, Kennedy 4), P 7 (Phillips 5). Blocks: DSU 4 (Bygate, Degel, Linzy, Klauzer 1), P none. Turnovers: DSU 16 (Linzy 7), P 25 (Geraci, Fuhrmann 4).