No wins yet for Dickinson State men's and women's basketball

The men's and women's basketball teams are a combined 0-11 so far this season.

Dickinson State men's and women's basketball were in action in different states Friday night. (Race Archibald / The Dickinson Press)
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Fresh off a loss to Montana Tech Thursday night, the Dickinson State men’s basketball team returned to the court Friday night for another matchup in the state, this time to Montana-Western. Meanwhile, the women were in Omaha, Nebraska to take on the College of Saint Mary.

College of Saint Mary (4-0) 67, Dickinson State (0-6) 54

Like the men, the women have yet to win a game this year, losing all six so far. Senior forward Courtney Olson powered the Blue Hawks to a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, scoring eight points. DSU maintained their lead through the second quarter and entered the half up 32-21.

A 5-for-17 effort from the field in the third quarter had the Blue Hawks down by two heading into the fourth quarter 50-48. In the fourth, it was another single-digit performance, sinking only two of their 13 field goal attempts in the final quarter.

It was the third straight game DSU failed to score at least ten points in the fourth quarter. The Flames opened on a 9-2 run that spawned over half of the quarter for a 59-0 lead. The Blue Hawks would only get as close as seven points, with Saint Mary scoring the final six of the game. The eight turnovers in the quarter by the Blue Hawks didn’t help their cause.


Despite outrebounding the Flames on the offensive glass 13-3, DSU had just six second chance points compared to two for Saint Mary.

Olson had 18 points, scoring in double figures for the fourth time in six games. Senior forward Luisa Popp chipped in ten points with three rebounds.

DSU shot 35 percent (20-56) from the field and 26 percent from three (4-15). The Blue Hawks have yet to shoot better than 40 percent in any game this year.

They’ll remain in Nebraska on Saturday, Nov. 6 to take on Midland Lutheran College.

Montana-Western (5-1) 82, Dickinson State (0-5) 59

This one got out of hand early as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-2 just two minutes in and continued to build on their lead. It quickly became 23-4 with 12:05 left in the first half.

DSU eventually found their groove, not letting the lead grow to more than 22, but faced a 46-29 deficit at halftime.

Senior guard Aushanti Potts-Woods followed up his 11-point performance off the bench Thursday night with nine more in the first half of this one, making all four of his field goal attempts. Montana-Western shot 64 percent from the field in the first half.


The lead got to as high as 27 in the second half as the Bulldogs coasted to their fifth win of the season. They took care of the ball well, committing only three. On the flip side, they turned 14 DSU turnovers into 25 points.

It was the third time this season the Blue Hawks had less than ten assists in a game, having only six Friday night.

Freshman guard John Evans had a team-high 17 points. Senior center Jalon Tinnin had seven points and seven rebounds. Potts-Woods finished with 13, his third-straight game in double figures off the bench.

It’s the second time in the last three years the Blue Hawks have begun a season 0-5. Their next opponent will be an exhibition game against Division I Montana on Nov. 9.

Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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