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Blue Hawks fumble free-throws in loss to Dakota State

Led by freshman Madison Hansen's eight points and eight rebounds, the Dickinson State women's basketball team led the first half of their contest against Dakota State (S.D.) 24-19.

Dickinson State freshman Natalee Hafer shoots a three to give the Blue Hawks the lead against Dakota State (S.D.) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Scott Gymnasium. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State freshman Natalee Hafer shoots a three to give the Blue Hawks the lead against Dakota State (S.D.) on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Scott Gymnasium. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

Led by freshman Madison Hansen's eight points and eight rebounds, the Dickinson State women's basketball team led the first half of their contest against Dakota State (S.D.) 24-19.

The Blue Hawks kept up their strong defensive effort in the second half, but the Lady T's offense drained some big shots, and capitalized on free throws en route to a 61-56 win.

"I have mixed emotions about it," Dickinson State head coach Liz Lewis said. "Of course it's always upsetting when you lose, but I'm just so proud of our girls for battling tonight and laying it all out there and playing hard. I told them in the locker room, I don't think they realize how far we've come because it hasn't shown in the win or loss column."

The score differential of five points, is the smallest during a loss since Dickinson State fell 66-61 to Montana State Northern on Nov. 6.

The game was anybody's up until the final seconds. The Blue Hawks were down 58-56 with over a minute to go.

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Lady T junior Cassie Jones drained one of two free throws with 9.8 seconds left to make it a three-point game.

Blue Hawk junior Chelsey Borden pulled up from behind the arc the first chance she got, but the ball clanked off the rim.

Dakota State Jamie Tebben finished the game by making two free throws with 0.1 seconds left.

Free throws were the difference in the close conference matchup. The Blue Hawks went 9-of-19 from the charity stripe while the Lady T's shot 73 percent, going 19-for-26.

"We were 47 percent from the free-throw (line) and I believe they were 76 percent," Dickinson State junior Karen Hopkins said. "What it boiled down to was our layups and definitely our free throws. If we would have made our free-throws, we would have won by like seven."

Shooting percentage has plagued the Blue Hawks (5-19, 0-11 NSAA) all season and continued to do so Saturday, but their defense kept the Lady T's (9-16, 6-6 NSAA) from shooting just 20 percent from the floor in the first half, and just 25 percent on the day.

"We hold teams to lower than their average when they come to our place," Lewis said. "We just got to learn to score."

After dominating in the first half, Hansen picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds of the second half, bringing her total to four and forcing her to sit on the bench until late in the fourth quarter.

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"That's something that's got to come with understanding your fouls and Madison does such a good job for us," Lewis said. "It's interesting how consistent she is for a freshman and I'm really proud of her effort tonight but losing her did hurt us."

Dakota State pounced when they could, outscoring the Blue Hawks 25-18 in the third quarter. The Lady T's took a 30-29 lead, but Dickinson State kept tying the game or taking it back. Led by Kennedy Wagner's 17 points, Dakota State kept at it, taking their final 58-56 lead after Lindsey Vogl drained a three-pointer. Vogl finished with 10 points on the day.

"Lindsey Vogl, she's been struggling as a shooter," Dakota State head coach David Moe said. "But all shooters have to have the mentality that they made the last shot. Same with Kennedy Wagner, she's a senior and played like a senior tonight. That's what our team needs. We need that floor general point guard that can just calm everyone down and get a bucket when we need a bucket. She's a big reason we got the W."

Dickinson State led by eight at one point, but was outscored by the Lady T's 6-3 in the final minutes.

Hopkins made sure they didn't get any more momentum, stealing the ball under the basket and dashing down the court. She finished the day with a team-leading three steals and 11 points.

"We just clicked and we were boxing out and rebounding and actually at the beginning of the year that was our weakest thing. We couldn't box out, we couldn't get a rebound," Hopkins said. "This game, and last game, we just started boxing out and clicking. I don't know. When things click on defense, things click on offense."

Dakota State 61, Dickinson State 56

DaSU 8 11 25 17

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DSU 12 12 18 14

DaSU Kennedy Wagner 17, Jamie Tebben 15, Lindsey Vogl 10.

DSU: Karen Hopkins 11, Riley Helmick 9, Lacey Waid 8, Madison Hansen 8, Tarissa Phipps 6, Chelsey Borden 6, Isidora Tasovic 5, Natalee Hafer 3.

Total fouls: DaSU 19, DSU 20. Fouled out: DSU Karen Hopkins. 3-point goals: DaSU 6-27 (Wagner 2-4), DSU 5-15 (Helmick 2-3). Rebounds: DaSU 49 (Raven Patton 13), DSU 52 (Hansen 8). Assists: DaSU 8 (Cassie Jones, Vogl 2), DSU 10 (Hopkins, Borden 3). Steals: DaSU 5 (Patton 1), DSU 4 (Hopkins 3). Blocks: DaSU 11 (Alexis Evans 4), DSU 5 (Waid, Phipps 2). Turnovers: DaSU 13, DSU 18.

Dickinson State junior Lacey Waid guards a Dakota State player on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Scott Gymnasium. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson State)
Dickinson State junior Lacey Waid guards a Dakota State player on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Scott Gymnasium. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson State)

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