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Dickinson State Athlete of the Week - Riley Helmick

As the Dickinson State women's basketball team defeated North Star opponent Mayville State 54-51, senior guard Riley Helmick scored a game-high 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range, hitting 4 of 4 in the second half.

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As the Dickinson State women's basketball team defeated North Star opponent Mayville State 54-51, senior guard Riley Helmick scored a game-high 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range, hitting 4 of 4 in the second half.

The night before, the Blue Hawks fell 75-63 to Valley City State, but Helmick led all players with 15 points, shooting 5-for-11 from long distance.

Of her 145 three-point attempts this year, Helmick has drained 49, good for 37.4 percent.

DP: Why did you choose Dickinson State?

RH: "I chose Dickinson State because they had both a basketball and a golf team, and I was interested in playing both. And I was excited that I got the opportunity and I was honestly ready to move away from home and so I thought North Dakota was the perfect place to do that."

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DP: How long have you been playing basketball and what do you most enjoy about it?

RH: "I have been playing basketball, oh man, since I can remember. I'd say I started playing when I was ... five years old. The thing I love most about it, what made me fall in love with it, was just going out to shoot hoops with my dad and growing up and playing the game with him. He's the one who really showed me the love of the game and that's what I love most about it."

DP: Do you do anything else on campus?

RH: "Other than golf, I kind of just hang out with my friends, go to class obviously. But no, not too much. I like going to other sporting events so that's pretty fun."

DP: What made you, personally, so successful this past weekend?

RH: "I think my teammates. They know that this season, I've been looking to put the ball in the hole more and looking to get more opportunities. They realize that and they give me great passes and they set me up really well and give me great screens, so they're the reason I'm so successful."

DP: Do you have any team goals for the rest of the season?

RH: "We're looking to win our home games for conference and we're looking to split some of the ones on the road. Obviously, pick up as many wins as we can and get in the top four of conference so we can host that first playoff game."

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DP: Do you have any individual goals?

RH: "I would like to be in the top five in the conference in three-point shooters, and this past weekend helped and I know my teammates will keep giving me great passes and giving me opportunities to be successful."

DP: Do you have a sports idol?

RH: "I mean, it's pretty cliche, but Lebron James, he's pretty hard to beat. He's dominant and he shows the love of the game."

DP: Where is the best place to eat in town?

RH: "Blue 42. Hands down, the best place to eat in town."

DP: Do you have a go-to order?

RH: "I like the mac-and-cheese burger, that's pretty good."

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DP: If you had to lose two of your sense, what would they be?

RH: "Probably, man this is tough, smelling and probably taste. That'll be hard, but I like to see."

DP: If you could have a superpower what would it be?

RH: "Flying."

DP: Country or Hip-hop?

RH: "Country."

DP: Coke or Pepsi?

RH: "Honestly, I'm not a soda drinker, so I'd have to say water."

DP: What is the best show or movie you watched lately?

RH: "My friends we, after the Mayville game actually, we went to go watch Escape Room and that was pretty intense. So, if you're looking for a new movie, go watch Escape Room."

Dickinson State senior guard Riley Helmick pulls up for a 3-pointer against Valley City State on Friday, Jan. 18, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State senior guard Riley Helmick pulls up for a 3-pointer against Valley City State on Friday, Jan. 18, at Scott Gym. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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