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Dickinson State’s poor execution late keeps victory out of reach

The Women’s Basketball team were unable to pick up a win after two non conference matchups in Nebraska, competing in the Chick-Fil-A Classic.

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(Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)

Despite holding a nine point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Dickinson State women’s basketball team found points and rebounds hard to come by in the late stages. Midland Lutheran College passed them up in the fourth and would not relinquish the lead, winning 73-65.

The Blue Hawks (0-7) were efficient from the field, leading in both field goals and three-pointers, while going 4-for-4 in free throws. A jumper from senior guard Shali Sheridan would tie the game at 11, followed by a 14-6 run to propel DSU to a 25-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter had the least amount of points scored with the majority of points for both teams coming from the free-throw line.

Midland (3-1) guard Karlee McKinney had five of the Warriors’ seven free throws in the quarter to keep the deficit to ten points, 37-27 at the half.

The Blue Hawks built on their lead to begin the third quarter, going 3-for-5 from three-point range. The Blue Hawks had grown their lead to 18 points in the first three minutes, capped by a layup by senior forward Courtney Olson.

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Midland went on a 15-6 run after being down 49-31 to narrow the margin to nine, closing out the third quarter 55-46 to set up one last rally.

The fourth quarter flipped with DSU completing less than a third of their field goals, scoring their first of the quarter after the Warriors had reduced the deficit to 55-53.

Senior guard Mackenzi Reed's three-pointer and Olson’s two free throws kept them in front until Midland’s Kennedy Darner put up back-to-back three-pointers to make it 62-60 in their favor. Because of the Warriors' full-court press, the Blue Hawks turned the ball over six times and would see the game slip away from them as they were outscored 27-10 in the final quarter.

Dickinson State struggled in executing their field goal opportunities in the fourth quarter, going 2-for-11 and 2-for-9 from the three-point range.

Senior forward Courtney Olson led all scorers in the game with 25, including a 12-for-12 mark at the free-throw line. Reed, coming off the bench, was DSU’s second leading scorer at 11, going 3-for-4 on three-point attempts.

Midland were only 67 percent at the line, but had nearly twice as many attempts as DSU, going 21-for-31 from the charity stripe. The Blue Hawks went 15-for-16 from the line.

Dickinson State will remain on the road for their next couple of games. Their next competitor will be Minot State, a team that has already got the best of them, losing to them 65-58. The matchup will be Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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