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DSU wins easy for second straight night

On Wednesday night, a day after beating Trinity Bible College by nearly 50 points, the Blue Hawks once again reached the century mark in what quickly turned into an apparent easy win.

Dickinson State's Samantha Morgan surveys the field Wednesday night at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson State's Samantha Morgan surveys the field Wednesday night at Scott Gymnasium. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

On Wednesday night, a day after beating Trinity Bible College by nearly 50 points, the Blue Hawks once again reached the century mark in what quickly turned into an apparent easy win.

But if Tuesday's win was a decisive rout, then Wednesday's contest was something in a different class.

After a 28-0 first quarter, more of the same transpired over the last 30 minutes, with an eventual final tally of 102-22 - an 80-point victory that probably would have been a record-breaking margin had the Blue Hawks not beat the Bravehearts by 106 last season.

True to his word about getting every player a start before this week began, head coach Mark Graupe trotted out a starting five of Samantha Morgan, Bailey Waldal, Rachael McDonough, Kate Golding and Sydney Bentz - five players who usually come off the bench.

And once the starting five was announced pregame, there were no substitutions over the next 40 minutes.

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Each of those five played the entire game, and from their unusual influx of court time came some eye-popping stat lines.

Both Golding (17 points, 17 rebounds, 10 blocks) and McDonough (17 points, 14 assists, 10 steals) recorded triple-doubles; Morgan poured in 33 points and Bentz added another 26.

As a whole, DSU shot 54.1 percent on 74 shots - 31 more attempts than Oglala Lakota.

"Last night and tonight, yeah, they've been a little easier, but it's kind of nice to have a game where you can take a breath and not have to pull your hair out," said Graupe, speaking of his team's tough schedule before this week began. "I told (my usual starters), 'You're not playing tonight, but you're still going to prepare like some of these other ladies that don't get to play as much.' I was going to give these ladies a breather, but the pace ended up slow enough that I just said, 'We're going with you five.'"

The big lead to start the game was entirely the work of McDonough and Morgan; those two scored the first 22 points of the game. Bentz was the next to get on the board.

The first basket for Oglala Lakota came a few minutes into the second quarter on a 3-point make by JoBeth Morrisette, who would go on to hit two more in the quarter. She finished with 15 points, and almost 75 percent of her team's points.

In the first half, DSU's best scoring performance came from Morgan, who scored 20 points in 20 minutes. From then on, Bentz took over, hitting 8 of 12 shots after half. It was her best scoring output, she estimates, since high school.

"The girls that played tonight, a lot of us don't get to see the floor much in big games," she said. "So I think that gives us more confidence. It helps us with what to do and how to play if we ever do get into a big game."

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Dickinson State 102, Oglala Lakota 22

OLC 0 13 4 5

DSU 28 22 30 22

OLC: JoBeth Morrisette 15, Jae Bear Hills 4, Erika American Horse 3. Totals: 8-43.

DSU: Samantha Morgan 33, Sydney Bentz 26, Kate Golding, Rachael McDonough 17, Bailey Waldal 9. Totals: 40-74.

Total fouls: OLC 22, DSU 3. 3-point goals: OLC 5-17 (Morrisette 4-8, American Horse 1-4), DSU 9-21 (Morgan 5-7, Bentz 2-5, McDonough 1-4, Waldal 1-5). Rebounds: OLC 19 (Bear Hills 6), DSU 52 (Golding 17). Assists: OLC 4 (Santanna Young Man 2), DSU 25 (McDonough 14). Steals: OLC 6 (American Horse 3), DSU 22 (McDonough 10). Blocks: OLC 0, DSU 12 (Golding 10). Turnovers: OLC 30, DSU 10.

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