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Blue Hawks take big win against U-Mary

University of Mary head women's basketball coach Rick Neumann had his fingers crossed that Marauders fans had poor Internet access Tuesday night. Otherwise, he felt compelled to reimburse anyone who paid money to watch his team play against Dicki...

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Dickinson State senior forward Janniqua Thomas dribbles the basketball past University of Mary junior forward Hannah Larson Tuesday at Scott Gymnasium. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

University of Mary head women’s basketball coach Rick Neumann had his fingers crossed that Marauders fans had poor Internet access Tuesday night.
Otherwise, he felt compelled to reimburse anyone who paid money to watch his team play against Dickinson State.
The NAIA Blue Hawks held NCAA Division II University of Mary to 13 points in the first half on its way to a 59-36 victory at Scott Gymnasium.
“I just thought the key tonight was passion,” DSU head coach Mark Graupe said. “We fought so hard tonight. We were diving, and we did such a good job.”
It wasn’t a pretty game for either team from the floor. In an exhibition game for the Marauders, they shot 9 of 55 (16.4 percent) and 5 of 30 from behind the 3-point line.
The Blue Hawks (4-0) shot 22 for 87 (25.3 percent) and made just 6 of 25 3-pointers.
However, the difference was rebounding. DSU brought down 76 rebounds - 31 of them on offense - while Mary grabbed only 46.
“Give all the credit to Dickinson. They played together and outworked us,” Neumann said. “It’s going to give us a lot of things to look at on film, and we’re going to be a better basketball team moving forward.”
Blue Hawks center Megan Klein paved the way for DSU defensively. The junior from Killdeer tallied 20 rebounds (seven offensive) to go along with her eight points.
Her effort was a big cause for DSU holding Mary to single-digit scoring in each of the first two quarters and few second-chance opportunities.
“With this team, we’re all learning our roles, and I know my role is rebounding,” Klein said. “It was a great win and so much fun.”

Klein’s performance might have been a product of familiarity. She and junior guard Taylor Henningsgard are both transfers from Mary, so Klein said while her former teammates recognized how she played, she also knew their tendencies.
“I was so nervous and so excited for this game,” Klein said. “This was a huge win for us and exciting.”
DSU’s defense dominated in the first two quarters but found its offensive stride in the second half.
Senior forward Janniqua Thomas kept pace with the entire Mary team for the first half. She scored eight points in the first quarter to the Marauders’ nine and 10 to Mary’s 13 by halftime. She ended the night with a game-high 19 points on 8 of 18 shooting and 10 rebounds.
“They just weren’t expecting it,” Thomas said. “We had something to prove. We came out, proved it and we got the W.”
The Blue Hawks racked up 12 steals in the first half and held the Marauders to 4 of 26 shooting and 2 of 14 from 3-point range. DSU also outrebounded Mary 37-22 in those first 20 minutes. By the end of the game, the Blue Hawks totaled 16 steals.
There was a great amount of energy from tipoff, whether it came from the home crowd or Thomas when she yelled in celebration after her first baskets in the beginning of the game.
That energy was channeled clearly in DSU’s defense.
The only double-digit scorer for Mary was Brittney Dietz. The senior forward from Beach scored 11 points. Junior forward Hannah Larson led the Marauders with 10 rebounds.
“We’re going to be intense,” Thomas said with a smile. “I think in this game were really brought the intensity and showed the community how intense we can be.”
DSU next plays No. 6-ranked Montana State-Northern at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Havre, Mont.
“Probably our toughest contest of the year is coming up on Saturday,” Graupe said. “They’re that good and is probably the toughest game of the year,” Graupe said. “If anything, it will give our ladies confidence that they can show up and we can play with other teams and we’re not going to be intimidated.”

Dickinson State 59, University of Mary 36
UM 9 13 26 36
DSU 14 31 41 59
UM: Dani Williams 0-4 0-0 0, Isabel Schmelzer 0-3 3-6 3, Dani Clarke 2-8, 6, Brittney
Dietz 3-15 3-4 11, Hannah Larson 1-7 3-6 5, Haley Hibbs 1-6 0-0 3, Anna
Schmelzer 0-1, 0-0 0, Tori Mahaffie 0-2 0-0 0, Katelynn Kerkvliet 1-1 0-0 0,
Maria Zimdars 0-1 0-2 1, Hayley Niles 0-5 2-4 1. Totals: 9-55 13-26 46.
DSU (4-0): Megan Klein 3-13 2-4 8, Janniqua Thomas 8-18 3-6 19, Lorna Shepherd 2-9 0-0 5,
MacKayla Feeney 5-16 1-2 15, Taylor Henningsgard 1-6 0-0 2, Leslie Beaudoin 2-7
0-0 5, Paitton Herbst 1-2 0-0 2, Payton Schieffer 0-1 0-0 0, Alyssa Hildebrand
0-1 0-0 0, Ashley Bentz 0-5 0-0 0, Rachael McDonough 0-6 0-0 0, Tess Blaquiere
0-2 0-0 Jalyn Klauzer 0-1 0-0 0.Totals: 22-87 9-18 59.
Total fouls: UM 36, DSU 17. 3-point goals: UM 6-25 (Williams 0-2, I. Schmelzer 0-1, Clarke 2-7, Dietz 2-6, Larson 0-4, Hibbs 1-5, Mahaffie 0-1, Niles 0-4), DSU 6-25 (Shepherd 1-2, Feeney 4-13, Beaudoin 1-2, Hildebrand 0-1, Bentz 0-5, McDonough 0-2). Rebounds: UM 46 (Larson 10), DSU 76 (Klein 20). Assists: UM 8 (Williams 3), DSU 18 (Henningsgard 4). Steals: UM 5 (five tied with 1), DSU 16 (Feeney 5). Blocks: UM 3 (three tied with 1), DSU 3 (three tied with 3). Turnovers: UM 25, DSU 18.

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