In its first home game since Dec. 17, the Dickinson State women's basketball team looked as
if it picked up some skill and energy on their long road stint.
The Blue Hawks came ready to play, outscoring Bellevue University (Neb.) 17-13 in the first quarter. The production hit a snag in the middle quarters, leading to a 49-40 Bruins win on Friday, Jan. 26 at Scott Gymnasium.
The Bruins men's team followed with a 79-68 win over the Blue Hawks.
Despite dropping to 0-10 against conference opponents, DSU women's head coach Liz Lewis was happy with the start of the game.
"That's the first time in a long time we won the first quarter," Lewis said. "That was one of our goals tonight, was to come out and win the first quarter. I was very proud of our effort, especially after such a hard season."
At one point in the first quarter, the Blue Hawks (5-18, 0-10 NSAA) held a seven-point lead, but the Bruins (14-10, 7-3 NSAA) chipped away in the second.
A basket from Dickinson State junior guard Chelsey Borden one minute and 20 seconds into the second quarter brought the score to 21-16, but the Blue Hawks wouldn't score against until on 1:10 remained in the half. Junior forward Rojin Karahan broke up the Bruins' 12-point run with a shot just inside the three-point arc.
Senior Caletria Curtis led the Bruins with 15 points, followed by senior Beth Walker who added 11 points.
Dickinson shot just 15-of-54 from the floor, or 27.8 percent. All the while, only six of 12 free throws found the net.
"The bottom line is we just didn't put the ball in the net," Lewis said.
Dickinson State freshmen Natalee Hafer and Madison Hansen were the highlights of the night, with Hafer scooping up seven defensive rebounds and scoring six points. Hansen earned seven total rebounds and earned eight points, just one shy of junior guard Riley Helmick's game-high nine points.
"I'm very proud of our freshmen," Lewis said. "Natalee came out and had six points, seven rebounds. She's 5-foot-4, 120 pounds soaking wet. She was one of our leading rebounders tonight, but I'm also very proud of Madison Hansen."
The Dickinson State men's team got off to a quick start, similarly to their female counterparts, holding a 10-3 lead just minutes into the first half. However, Bellevue went on a 12-6 run to take an 18-16 lead.
The Blue Hawks stayed within reach until the Bruins stretched a 23-30 advantage to 40-23 in the late part of the first half.
The home team ended the first half with a 7-2 run to get within nine points, with the Bruins leading 42-31.
"I wanted it to go better than that," DSU head coach Josh Vaughan said. "We just didn't seem to have energy. For whatever reason, we just seemed to step slow."
On Jan. 12, Dickinson State (12-8, 7-3 NSAA) traveled to Nebraska to face Bellevue (14-9, 6-4 NSAA) on its own turf. The Blue Hawks were down over 10 points with less than five minutes to go, but climbed back to win 70-69.
No such comeback occurred at Scott Gymnasium.
"We kept our focus," Bellevue head coach Shane Paben said. "Last time we were up 14 with like four and half (minutes) to play. They had shots, and they earned that victory. But I don't think we were very focused. That's why we were a little more animated tonight to make sure we kept the lead."
While senior guard/forward Marcus White kept his offensive domination in tact with 26 points, he struggled from the three-point line going 0-3. His woes were not unusual, as the Blue Hawks only went 4-for-20 from the arc.
Senior Carter Gallo scored 12 points, but went 0-for-5 with three-point attempts, a shot he typically sinks.
"For me that's all mental stuff," Vaughan said. "It's concentrating on free-throws and lining up. For three-pointers, getting your hands and feet ready. We just got to get more locked in."
Bellevue 49, Dickinson State 40
B 13 15 12 9
DSU 17 6 7 10
B: Caletria Curtis 15, Beth Walker 11, Ryleigh McCartney 6.
DSU: Riley Helmick 9, Madison Hansen 8, Natalee Hager 6, Chelsey Borden 6, Lacey Waid 5, Karen Hopkins 2, Isidora Tasovic 2, Rojin Karahan 2.
Total fouls: B 13, DSU 16. DSU Karen Hopkins. 3-point goals:B 4-25 (McCartney 2-10), DSU 4-20 (Hafer 2-5). Rebounds: B 51 (Curtis 14), DSU 37 (Hafer, Hansen 7). Assists: B 7 (Shayla Dean 3), DSU 7 (Hopkins, Waid 2). Steals: B 9 (Dean 3), DSU 6 (Borden 2). Blocks: B 6 (Walker 3), DSU 1 (Hopkins). Turnovers: B 13, DSU 15.
Bellevue 79, Dickinson State 68
B: BJ Shelton 19, Richard Reed 10, Jalen Hall 9.
DSU: Marcus White 26, Carter Gallo 12, Terrell Butler 8, Ryan Clark 6, Jerry Shevlin 5, Akeem Williams 5, Konner Goettsche 3, Devin Loy 3.
Halftime: B 42, DSU 31. Total fouls: B 19, DSU 17. Fouled out: B Jalen Hall. 3-point goals: B 7-21 (Connor Dukes 2-4), DSU 4-20 (Williams 1-3). Rebounds: B 40 (Jaffery Stillman 9), DSU 33 (Clark 9). Assists: B 8 (Nick Hilton 2), DSU 7 (Shevlin 4). Steals: B 5 (Reed 2), DSU 5 (Austin Payne 1). Blocks:B 3 (Brandon Fagins 2), DSU 7 (White, Clark 2). Turnovers: B 11, DSU 11.