In its second showing against NCAA Division II Minot State, the Dickinson State women's basketball team was bested by the Beavers 69-43 on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Minot State Dome.
The evening played out similarly to the first time the teams met back on Oct. 25 when the Beavers defeated the Blue Hawks 62-41. Minot State is 2-0 on the season, not including its two exhibition wins over Dickinson State.
"I thought we played well in spurts," Dickinson State head coach Liz Lewis said. "We need to learn how to play well for forty minutes, especially coming out in the first quarter and after half time. Those two quarters seem to be trouble for us so we need to learn to come out and how to start the game and the half."
The Beavers scored the first eight points of the night. Dickinson State answered with a three-pointer, but Minot State followed with an 11-2 run.
The Blue Hawks (3-6) were down 23-10 at the start of the second, but went on to outscore the Beavers 15-13 before half time.
"The second quarter is definitely the quarter where we played together," Lewis said. "That's something we're still struggling with. It's starting to get into conference (play) but we still struggle with playing together and the chemistry. The second quarter was the only quarter tonight when we actually found a rhythm."
A three from junior guard Riley Helmick opened the scoring for the Blue Hawks one minute into the second quarter, bringing the score to 25-13.
Less than a minute later, junior guard Karen Hopkins drew a foul and netted both her free throws.
A three-pointer from sophomore guard Isidora Tasovic and a free throw at the hands of freshman forward Madison Hansen topped off an eight-point run for the Blue Hawks.
"A positive is definitely Karen Hopkins and her performance tonight," Lewis said. "She had 16 points and seven (rebounds). She was the only one on our team that got to the free throw line consistently and got it done for us."
Hopkins went 8-10 from the free throw line and added two three-pointers on the night.
Minot State junior guard Madison Wald led her team with 18 points and netted all six of her free throws.
The Blue Hawks were outscored 33-18 in the second half.
The Beavers took advantage of 21 Dickinson State turnovers and drastically outshot the Blue Hawks 36-2 from the paint.
"I thought we were a little bit soft driving to the basket. We weren't very aggressive," Lewis said. I think their size may have intimidated us a little bit. You look at the stats and we made 12 baskets tonight, 10 of which were for three. So we only made two other baskets that weren't three pointers."
Minot State 69, Dickinson State 43
DSU 10 15 7 11
MSU 23 13 17 16
Total fouls: DSU 19, MSU 19. 3-point goals: DSU 10-31 (Karen Hopkins 2-5, Lacey Waid 2-6, Riley Helmick 3-9, Isidora Tasovic 2-7, Madison Hansen 1-2), MSU 7-19 (Whitney Molina 1-1, Kari Clements 1-2, Madison Wald 2-5, Shyla Carr 1-4). Rebounds: DSU 30 (Hopkins 7), MSU 50 (Mariah Payne 8). Assists: DSU 8 (Tasovic 3), MSU 12 (Payne 4). Steals: DSU 5 (Helmick 2), MSU 10 (Wald 4). Blocks: DSU 1 (Madison Hansen), MSU 2 (Molina 1, Diondra Denton 1). Turnovers: DSU 21, MSU 14.