Mount Marty (S.D.) never trailed on the second day of the South Dakota NAIA Basketball Classic Sunday evening at the Sanford Pentagon, defeating Dakota State (S.D.) by the score of 69-55.
Dakota State is 0-4 overall record after the loss. Mount Marty improved to 2-1 overall record.
The Lancers opened up the game by racing to an 11-0 lead with five minutes and nine seconds on the clock. The Lady T’s answered back with a 9-0 run to trim MMC’s lead to 11-9 with 1:54 remaining in the first quarter.
Mount Marty held on to a 15-10 lead after the first quarter, where the Lancers outscored the Lady T’s 11-2 in points off turnovers.
MMC outscored DSU 24-10 in the second quarter to expand their lead to 39-20 by halftime. The Lancers recorded its largest lead of the game at 46-22 with 7:16 on the clock in the third quarter.
Dakota State closed the third quarter with a 15-4 outburst to cut the Lancers’ lead to 50-37. The Lady T’s outscored the Lancers 17-11 in the first ten minutes of the second-half.
Mount Marty maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the game, outscoring Dakota State 19-18 in the final quarter.
Ten Lady T’s scored in the game, led by BreeAna Olson with nine points. Kelsey Poppen scored eight points off the bench. Cassie Jones had seven points. Kennedy Wagner, Shemika Frazier and Britley Plautz each tallied six points.
Plautz grabbed seven rebounds for Dakota State. Poppen added six rebounds. Wagner had four rebounds. Frazier dished out four assists and stole the ball four times. Jordan Hansen and Jones each registered two assists.
Shelby Vogel recorded two blocked shots for DSU. Wagner, Olson, Kelley Criddle, Jones and Poppen each had a blocked shot.
Four Mount Marty players scored in double figures. Molly Koisti scored 14 points off the bench. Logan Wagner, Kellie Winckler and Ashley Green each had 10 points.
Winckler earned nine boards for MMC. Sammy Kosowski added seven rebounds. Mikayla Prouty produced four assists.
Mount Marty shot 24-of-65 from the field (36.9 percent) compared to Dakota State 21-of-58 (36.2 percent). The Lancers were 5-of-23 from the 3-point arc (21.7 percent), while the Lady T’s made two 3-pointers in nine tries.
MMC went to the free-throw line 22 times, making 16 free-throws (72.7 percent). DSU went 11-of-19 from the free-throw line (57.9 percent).
The Lancers won the rebounding battle over the Lady T’s 42-39. Both teams scored 32 points inside the paint.
DSU outscored MMC 9-0 in fast-break points and 34-30 in bench points.
Dakota State swings back in action Friday and Saturday as they play in the two-day Doane (Neb.) Classic. The Lady T’s continue their non-conference schedule against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Friday evening at 5 p.m. versus host-school Doane. On Saturday, DSU faces Hastings (Neb.) at 2 p.m. The Doane Classic will be held at George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center in Crete, Neb.