Saints drop DSU for first conference victory

The Dickinson State women's basketball team ran away with its game against Presentation College (S.D.) at one point. However, the Blue Hawks relinquished an 11-point lead in the first half and struggled to keep up the remainder of the game. The S...

The Dickinson State women’s basketball team ran away with its game against Presentation College (S.D.) at one point.
However, the Blue Hawks relinquished an 11-point lead in the first half and struggled to keep up the remainder of the game.
The Saints beat DSU 66-60 for their first North Star Athletic Association win of the season on Wednesday at Scott Gymnasium.
The Blue Hawks have been in a lull since its big win over Mayville State, which head coach Mark Graupe said is to blame.
“People, the public and our team saw a team that really isn’t us,” Graupe said. “We shot the lights out and that isn’t normal for us, so all of a sudden everyone expects that. And we are a grind it out team, we’re not a pretty team, low scoring and I think our girls think they can just show up and there’s no way we don’t have just enough talent.”
The Blue Hawks (8-14, 2-3 NSAA) led 31-20 with 7 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half, but Presentation was able to close the gap to one point by halftime. The Saints outscored DSU 14-4 with six points coming from forward Sydney Larson.
In the second half, the scored tied six times and the lead changed five. Presentation guard - and conference-leading scorer - Haley Froelich hit the game-tying jumper and go-ahead 3-pointer to make the score 47-44. Down 53-46, DSU went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 55, but the tie was short lived and the Saints outscored them 15-5 to seal the win.
“We’ve been having a really down season so this just gives us hope for the rest of the season,” said Froelich, who finished with 23 points, eight rebounds five assists and two steals. “It was really fun.”
DSU was ice cold in shooting in the second half, hitting 26 percent of its shots and was 24 for 71 from the field.
Megan Klein led DSU with a double-double - 17 points and 15 rebounds - while Paitton Herbst added 15 points, Alyssa Hildebrand supplied 10 and Hailee Farstveet picked up eight points, seven rebounds and four steals.
One of DSU’s major woes came at the free-throw line. The team was 6 for 9, but Presentation was 22 for 27.
I couldn’t make my free throws to save my life, but they were knocking down their free throws and we weren’t getting to the line like they were,” Klein said. “They were going hard to the basket and getting And 1s or get the two shots at the line. We, however, made a couple 3’s and could live at the 3-point line and we can’t. We need to attack the basket.”
Larson finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Rachel Fuhrmann added 10 rebounds and nine points. Macy Toelle and Jackie Miller both supplied eight.
Presentation (7-11, 1-4 NSAA) still struggled shooting in the second half - going 9 for 33 - but it’s 22 free throw points made all the difference.
“We came in lackadaisical and underestimated them a little bit, which we shouldn’t have because in our conference, anyone who shows up that night (will win),” Klein said. “We should have come in with the fire and excitement we had against Mayville and Dakota State.”
With the regular season quickly coming to a close, DSU has to go back on the road to take on Mayville State at 4 p.m. Saturday. DSU has won one game on the road and one at a neutral court, making the team’s feelings a little uneasy. But with nothing but rematches left, DSU at least knows what to expect and there are no surprises.
“This is the second round now, so we have a shot at all these teams one more time now,” Klein said.

Presentation (7-11, 1-4 NSAA): Hailey Froelich 6-18, 9-13, 23, Sydeny Larson 4-12, 2-2 10, Rachel Fuhrmann, 3-7, 3-4 9, Jackie Miller 2-6, 3-3 8, Macy Toelle 3-5 0-0 8, Taalyr Egeness 1-4 0-0, Jessica Morris 0-1 3-3 3, Krystan Gomez 0-4 2-2 2. Totals: 19-60 22-27 66.
Dickinson (8-14, 2-3 NSAA): Megan Klein 7-9 3-6 17, Paitton Herbst 6-15 1-1 15, Alyssa Hildebrand 3-9 2-2 10, Lorna Shepherd 3-13 0-0 8, Hailee Farstveet 3-10, 0-0 6, Ashley Bentz 2-12 0-0 4. Totals: 24-71 6-9 60.
Halftime: Dickinson State 35, Presentation 34. Total fouls: Presentation 11, Dickinson 21.Fouled out: Dickinson, Herbst. 3-point goals: Presentation 6-26 (2 tied with 2), Dickinson 6-26 (3 tied with 2). Rebounds: Presentation 41, (Fuhrmann 11), Dickinson 40 (Klein 15). Assists: Presentation 9 (Froelich 5), Dickinson 15 (Farstveet 8). Steals: Presentation 6 (2 tied with 2), Dickinson 8 (Shepherd 4). Blocks: Presentation 1 (Larson), Dickinson 0. Turnovers: Presentation 14 (2 tied with 4), Dickinson 11 2 tied with 3).

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