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Machinal, Orediggers handle Dickinson State

BUTTE, Mont., — Week one on the road for the Dickinson State women’s basketball team ended in disappointment.

Montana Tech defeated the Blue Hawks 72-60 in Frontier Conference game on Saturday.

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The Blue Hawks were up 16-10 in the first half but the Orediggers scored 13 unanswered points to put DSU into a permanent deficit. Tech took a 38-28 halftime lead and the energy level never picked up for the Blue Hawks. DSU never came within single digits.

“Tonight we wanted to somehow get a split down the road and I hoped tonight would have been the night we could get that split,” DSU head coach Mark Graupe said. “To tell you to truth, the (Montana State) Northern game, they’re definitely better than us and so is Lewis-Clark but tonight was one of the nights I thought we could get this one, so I guess I’m more disappointed tonight than the last two.”

Senior forward Jess Bygate led the team with 14 points, followed by senior guard Mariah Duran with 12, junior forward Ja’Lisa Gatlin had 11 and a team-high 6 rebounds. Sophomore guard TaRicka Linzy added 10 points.

Graupe said he was most disappointed with his team’s lack of enthusiasm and struggle to get competitive on the court. Before the break, the first half of the season wasn’t as tough and the Blue Hawks rolled over most of its competition. But the break is over and the team has been struggling to keep up with its Frontier Conference opponents and its true underdog status is finally showing.

“The bottom line is if we don’t play well, if we don’t play with energy and passion we’re not going to win, it’s not going to happen,” Graupe said. “That’s what’s starting to happen. We’re not executing, we’re not playing with energy and we had a long talk about it after the game.”

The Blue Hawks continue their time on the road traveling to the University of Great Falls at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Rocky Mountain College at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

DICKINSON STATE: Dawne Degel 0-5 2-2 2, Ja’Lisa Gatlin 4-9 2-4 11, Mariah Duran 4-13 0-0 12, Keshawnee Alley 0-0 0-2 0, TaRicka Linzy 4-13 0-0 10, Rachael McDonough 1-4 4-4 6, Jess Bygate 6-13 2-3 14, Porsha Wadsworth 1-2 0-0 2. 21-60 10-15 60.

MONTANA TECH: Kabri Emerson 2-5 1-2 5, Bryn Hasquet 2-4 0-0 5, Hattie Thatcher 3-4 1-3 9, Martha Dembek 3-3 1-1 7, Kelsey DeWit 5-9 1-1 11, Sophia Baetz 2-3 0-0 5, Mandy Machinal 8-13 4-6 21, Shayla Mack 2-4 0-0 5, Callee Remsen 2-4 0-0 4. Totals: 29-49 8-13 72.

Halftime: 38-28. Total fouls: DSU 18, MT 14. 3-point goals: DSU 8-26 (Dege; 0-2, Gatlin 1-3, Duran 4-11, Linzy 2-8, McDonough 0-1), MT 6-14 (Hasquet 1-2, Thatcher 2-3, DeWit 0-1, Baetz 1-2, Machinal 1-5, Mack 1-1). Rebounds: DSU 23 (Gatlin 6), MT 42 (Emerson 9). Assists: DSU 10 (Linzy 4), MT 15 (Thatcher 8). Steals: DSU 10, MT 7. Blocks: DSU 1, MT 3. Turnovers: DSU 9, MT 18.