Morningside pulled away past the Dakota State women’s basketball team 81-67 Friday night, thanks to their 14-2 closing run in the final 4:50 of the game. The Mustangs led by as many as 14 points in the second half and held off the Trojans’ second half comeback.
Both teams struggled out of the gates, as neither team was able to establish a lead with four different lead changes.
Morningside then went on an 11-0 scoring outburst to get out to a 16-6 lead. The Mustangs led 20-16 after the first quarter.
The Trojans went on a scoring run of their own to open up the second quarter, scoring nine of the first eleven points in the quarter to regain their lead at 25-22. Morningside held DSU scoreless in the final 2:47 of the half, closing the half on a 10-0 run, going into the break up 38-30.
The Mustangs continued to extend their lead in the third quarter, getting out to their biggest lead of the game at 57-43. With under four minutes left in the quarter though, the Trojans started to answer back, going on a run of their own, scoring ten unanswered points.
DSU went into the final quarter only down by two-points, as Morningside led 59-57.
After hitting back-to-back three pointers to start the final quarter, the Mustangs were able to add to their lead in the opening minutes of the fourth. The Trojans, though, were able to cut back into the Mustangs lead, getting back within one of the Mustangs at 65-64.
Leading 71-67, Morningside held Dakota State scoreless in the final 2:48 of the game to secure the victory. MU closed the game with a 10-0 run, and outscored the Trojans 22-10 in the fourth quarter.
Four players scored in double digits, led by Courtney Menning with 14 points for Dakota State. She also dished out four assists and stole the ball twice.
Savannah Walsdorf, Elsie Aslesen, and Lilli Mackley each scored 12 points for the Trojans. Walsdorf had seven rebounds, while Aslesen had six rebounds and two blocks. Mackley contributed four assists and stole the ball twice.
Sidney Fick tallied six points, two assists, two rebounds, two blocks, and three steals off the bench for DSU. Angela Slattery pulled down seven rebounds off the bench.
Alexis Spier poured in 24 points for Morningside. She was 8-of-16 from the field, including 6-of-13 from the 3-point line.
Morningside shot 49.2 percent overall from the field (32-of-65 field goals) compared to Dakota State 44.9 percent (22-of-49 field goals). The Mustangs drained 11 3-pointers in 23 attempts (47.8 percent), while the Trojans were 5-of-17 from the 3-point arc (29.4 percent).
It was the final non-conference contest of the season for both teams before they return to full action of conference play for the next two months.
Dakota State, receiving votes in the latest NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 national poll, fell to 10-5 overall record. Morningside won their fourth straight game, lifting their overall record to 8-5.
The Trojans will return home as they prepare for North Star action. DSU hosts Valley City State next Friday at 5:30pm, followed by Dickinson State next Saturday at 3pm.
Both games will be held at DSU Fieldhouse, and can be heard on FM 103.1 or at AmazingMadison.com.