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Dickinson State loses home opener

Dickinson State junior Karen Hopkins nabs a steal during the second half of the game against Montana State University-Northern on Monday night. (Sydney Mook / The Dickinson Press)

Despite outscoring Montana State University-Northern in the second and fourth quarters, the Dickinson State women's basketball team couldn't quite piece a win together on Monday night, losing the game 66-61.

"Overall I'm actually very, very proud of our girls," Dickinson State head coach Liz Lewis said. "We battled tonight and we competed for the full 40 minutes. I'm very proud of performance tonight."

The game started off well for the Blue Hawks hitting a three-pointer to start the game, but it was quickly answered by MSUN hitting a three of their own. The Skylights would go on a 10-0 run later in the quarter, stretching their lead to 16-8 with 4:42 left to play in the first quarter. MSUN would close the quarter up with an 11-point lead of 23-12.

Although the Blue Hawks outscored the Skylights 16-12 in the second quarter, they went into the locker room down 35-28 at the half.

A three-pointer by junior Riley Helmick with less than 30 seconds to go in the game helped cut the MSUN lead down to three, but the Blue Hawks couldn't quite get there. A pair of MSUN free throws brought their lead up to five and sealed the game for Montana State-Northern.

The Blue Hawks were outrebounded 42 to 28, which Lewis said played a big factor in the game. The Skylights nabbed 12 offensive rebounds against DSU's three.

"That was a big difference in the game was rebounding," she said. "We did board offensively, defensively we didn't box out. I believe if we would have battled a little bit more with them on the boards it would have been a different outcome."

Dickinson State sophomore guard Jennifer Burnham led the team in scoring with 14 points. She also tacked on three rebounds, two assists and three steals. Sophomore Isidora Tasovic scored seven for the Blue Hawks and junior Rojin Karahan added another nine for the team.

The Skylights were led by senior guard Peyton Filius, who put up 18 points, including four three-pointers, and three rebounds. Sophomore Shiloh McCormick scored eight points and had 10 rebounds on Monday night, coming up just one bucket short of a double-double.

DSU junior guard Lacey Waid, who scored 13 points and had five rebounds for the team, said she believed the game went "pretty well" and saw improvements from the team.

"I think we all got better as a team, it's just stepping stones from here," she said. "(Before the next game) I plan on working on boxing out and getting rebounds because that's what we struggled with but we've done a lot better on our offense. Defense can work a little better but mostly just rebounds."

Montana State-Northern 66, Dickinson State 61

MSUN 23 12 11 66

DSU 12 16 8 61

MSUN (2-1): Peyton Filius 18, Brandy Lambourne 15, Shiloh McCormick 8.

DSU (2-5):Jennifer Burnham 14, Lacey Waid 13, Riley Helmick 9, Rojin Karahan 9.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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