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Dickinson State women’s basketball tops Bellevue, wins 12th straight

BELLEVUE, Neb. — The Dickinson State women’s basketball team won its 12th consecutive game on Friday, earning a 63-61 North Star Athletic Association victory over Bellevue.

After going undefeated in January, the No. 23-ranked Blue Hawks (19-5, 12-1 NSAA) began February in a familiar fashion, but they had to break a tie at the end of the third quarter to do so.

A series of runs in the fourth quarter saw the lead traded back and forth until a driving layup from DSU’s Lorna Shepherd broke a 61-61 tie with 7 seconds remaining. Bellevue missed a short jumper at the buzzer to fall to 13-12 overall and 6-5 in the league.

Shepherd finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Blue Hawks. Also scoring in double-figures were Ashley Bentz-Laub (18 points) and Megan Klein (13 points, 13 rebounds). Taylor Henningsgard added eight points and seven assists before fouling out.

Dickinson State 63, Bellevue 61

DSU  21  8  11  23

BU  16  16  8  21

DSU: Ashley Bentz-Laub 18, Megan Klein 13, Lorna Shepherd 12, Taylor Henningsgard 8, Kate Golding 4, Rachael McDonough 3, MacKayla Feeney 3, Paitton Herbst 2.

BU: Caletria Curtis 15, Ryleigh McCartney 13, Alexandra Bader 9, Taylor Cormier 8, Angeliece Tucker 7, Cassidy Hubbs 6, Shanae Collins 3.

Total fouls: DSU 13, BU 15. Fouled out: DSU, Henningsgard. 3-point goals: DSU 7-18 (Shepherd 2-4, Feeney 1-2, Henningsgard 0-1, Bentz-Laub 3-7, McDonough 1-2, Herbst 0-2), BU 10-24 (Cormier 2-5, McCartney 3-7, Collins 0-1, Tucker 2-6, Christen Voyles 0-2, Bader 3-3). Rebounds: DSU 37 (Klein 13), BU 28 (Curtis 5). Assists: DSU 15 (Henningsgard 7), BU 17 (Cormier 4, Bader 4). Steals: DSU 7 (Henningsgard 3), BU 11 (McCartney 3, Curtis 3). Blocks: DSU 2 (Klein 2), BU 4 (Beth Walker 3). Turnovers: DSU 18, BU 16.

Parker Cotton

Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well.