The Dickinson State women’s basketball team started the game scorching from behind the arc against Bellevue on Friday night.
They cooled off in the second half and let the Bruins back in the game as it came down to the wire.
Senior guard Ashlie Larson found sophomore forward Danielle Wallace off the bounce with 17 seconds left and Wallace scored an easy layup to give the Blue Hawks a 67-65 lead.
Bellevue turned the ball over trying to inbound it and Larson hit four free throws down the stretch to secure a dramatic 71-69 win for the Blue Hawks.
Dickinson State improved to 5-10 and 1-1 in NSAA play with the win.
The Blue Hawks were playing without their starting point guard in Sydney Clark who was out for academic reasons.
“We challenge ourselves in the non-conference to get ready for games like this. Bellevue is a good team,” said Dickinson State head coach Eric Nelson. “They were picked second in the preseason. They are very quick and athletic.”
Dickinson State started the contest shooting seven of ten from the three point line and they built a 23 to 12 lead after Shali Sheridan knocked down a triple.
Dickinson State ended the first half with 8-14 from three with a 36 to 29 lead.
Bellevue chipped into the lead in the third quarter Taeha Pankey pulled the Bruins scored with six seconds left in the third quarter to make the score 50-49 in favor of Dickinson State heading into the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter was back-and-forth as the largest lead was five after a bucket by Larson.
Dickinson State forward Dakota Dosch was called for a charge with 7:03 left in the game and on the next possession Lexi Allen tied the game at 56-56 for the first time since it was 6-6 early in the game.
After another tie at 58, Elexis Martinez gave Bellevue a 60-58 lead which was their first since they led 5-4.
The Blue Hawks shot only 2-10 from behind the three point line in the second half which allowed the Bruins back in the contest.
“We shoot the three. You live and die by it unfortunately,” said Nelson. “We hit a couple clutch threes down the stretch. Ashlie Watts hit one to put us up one when were down by two and they had some momentum. The three is a great equalizer with us when we are so short and small. That is where we hang our hat.”
Four Blue Hawks were in double figures with Watts scoring 19 of which 15 came from three pointers. Larson finished with 18, while had Dosch 14 and Shali Sheridan 12.
Dosch led Dickinson State with eight rebounds.
“We finally put a full game together and played together until the end. That is what got us the win. It was as simple as that,” Larson said.
Dickinson State will be back at home on Saturday when they host Dakota State. Tip is set for 3 p.m.
Dickinson State 71, Bellevue 69