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Karahan picks up double-double as DSU women earn second straight conference win

Dickinson State senior forward Rojin Karahan dribbles the ball up court against Viterbo (Wis.) on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)1 / 2
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The first quarter couldn't have gone much better for the Dickinson State women's basketball team.

While the defense held Viterbo (Wis.) to just seven points, the offense managed to score no matter what the V-Hawks threw at them, building a 16-7 lead over 10 minutes.

That intensity didn't last all night, but the hot start was more than enough to earn the Blue Hawks a 63-52 victory over the V-Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 12, at Scott Gym.

The win is the second straight for Dickinson State, stretching the team's record to 9-11 overall and 2-4 against North Star opponents.

"Our girls played a very good game tonight, they did," Dickinson State head coach Liz Lewis said." We got a little bit sloppy there in the fourth quarter, that's something we got to get better at, is playing a full 40 minutes. I think overall, our team had a very good performance tonight."

First, the Blue Hawks didn't blink at the full-court press the V-Hawks put in front of them, passing two or even three times before crossing the half-court line. While the Blue Hawks tallied 18 turnovers, they still controlled the ball well when advancing the ball into the V-Hawks zone.

The Viterbo defense did little to stop driving shots from junior guard Ashlie Larson and aggressive layups from senior forward Rojin Karahan. Larson led all players with 20 points, 13 of which came in the third frame. Meanwhile, Karahan posted 10 points and 10 rebounds, earning her first double-double of the season.

"Our girls came out strong and laid it on from the beginning," Lewis said of her team's offensive effort. "I thought Rojin did an excellent job tonight. She had a tough defensive assignment and I thought she did very, very good and she also came up with a double-double."

As the visitors fell behind and multiple contested calls went against Viterbo, tempers rose towards the end of the second quarter.

As freshman guard Brook Janz went up for a layup, the referee whistled for a foul. As he motioned it against No. 32, Madison Doerr, Doerr contested, earning her a technical.

Senior guard Riley Helmick sank the two shots and Janz netted her foul shot as well, giving the Blue Hawks a 36-20 lead, their greatest of the night thus far. Viterbo added four more points ahead of the halftime break.

In the opening half, Dickinson State went 13-for-26 from the field while holding the V-Hawks to 34.5 percent shooting on the night.

"I thought we pressured the ball decently," Janz said. "And we started getting our sync there, which means our backside (help) was there. It all just clicked for us."

Janz contributed eight points as well as five rebounds and an assist.

Only Madessa Collins put up double figures for Viterbo (7-11, 0-5 NSAA) with 12 points, most scored under contact.

"Mental discipline for her is her best quality," Viterbo assistant coach Mitchell Doerr said. "She's phenomenal at implementing. The fact that she can see the floor and sees the play ahead. That's big for us, especially on the defensive end."

Aside from Collins, the Blue Hawks' (9-11, 2-3 NSAA) biggest weakness came on the offensive boards. Viterbo earned two in the first half, but acquired eight in the second half. However, Dickinson State still out-rebounded the visitors 38-33.

By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Dickinson State began to back off on all fronts. The V-Hawks netted 16 points while the women in blue put away just six. To end the night, Viterbo drained three consecutive 3-pointers.

Nevertheless, the Blue Hawks came away with back-to-back wins at home against conference opponents.

"We're undefeated at home right now (against conference opponents) and it's awesome," Janz said.

Results Saturday

Dickinson State 63, Viterbo 52

V 7 17 12 16

DSU 16 20 21 6

VU (7-11, 0-5 NSAA): Madessa Collins 12, Brynn Bozich 7, Alyssa Nilssen 7, Madison Doerr 7.

DSU (9-11, 2-3 NSAA): Ashlie Larson 20, Rojin Karahan 10, Lacey Waid 8, Brook Janz 8, Celeste Pantoja 3, Riley Helmick 8, Danielle Wallace 2, Anna Jofresa 2, Caleigh McClenahan 2.

Total fouls: VU 18, DSU 16. Technical fouls: VU, Madison Doerr, Coach. 3-point goals: VU 4-22 (Nilssen 1-3), DSU 6-21 (Larson 3-5). Rebounds: VU 33 (Bozich, Nilssen 5), DSU 38 (Karahan 10). Assists: VU 5 (Bozich 2), DSU 13 (Karahan 3). Steals: VU 9 (Collins 2), DSU 8 (Karahan, Jofresa 3). Blocks: VU 3 (Nilssen 2), DSU 1 (Wallace). Turnovers: VU 20, DSU 18.