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Eric Peterson, Published December 08 2010

Women's basketball: Dragons rally to win over Dickinson State

While her team won Tuesday night, Minnesota State Moorhead coach Karla Nelson wasn’t pleased with the method.

Dickinson State drained 14 3-pointers against the Dragons, but MSUM rallied for an 85-70 victory in nonconference women’s basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

“First, you have to give Dickinson State a lot of credit. They came out they were on fire from the arc,” Nelson said. “I just didn’t really feel that we played with any emotion. It’s always hard to come out of conference play and play a nonconference opponent, but I’m certainly not going to use that as an excuse.”

The Dragons (5-1) have won their last five games, including two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victories against Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend.

However, Dickinson State, an NAIA team, led by as many as 10 points in the first half before the Dragons, an NCAA Division II team, responded.

“We’re trying to come out on our home floor and get a big win to a team that’s in the NAIA,” said Dragons senior Betsy Dickson, who had 16 points. “We’re a better team than they are, and I don’t think we showed it tonight. They were on fire from the arc and we didn’t really adjust on defense.”

The Blue Hawks (4-6) grabbed a 24-14 lead with 8 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the first half after junior guard Kylee Bittner completed a 3-point play with a foul shot. Bittner scored 12 in the first half, including three 3-pointers. She finished with 18 points.

Dickinson State shot 58 percent (14 of 24) from 3-point range for the game. Bittner sparked that effort with 5-for-8 shooting (63 percent) from the 3-point arc.

After Dickinson State built the 10-point lead, the Dragons countered with a 22-5 run. MSUM junior forward Angie Jetvig sparked that game-changing run with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Jetvig, who is averaging 21.3 points per game through six games, finished with a game-high 25 points.

Dickson capped the run with a 3-pointer from the right wing that staked the Dragons to a 36-29 lead with 27 seconds to play in the first half.

“It was kind of an up-and-down tempo game, but overall I just think we need to step it up on the defensive end,” Dickson said,

The Dragons took the lead for good with 3:57 remaining in the first half on a Kaycee Charette basket. That gave MSUM to a 28-27 lead.

“You would like to come off a big (conference) weekend like that and still be playing at a high level,” Nelson said. “We kind of reverted back. It kind of looked like practice. That’s how we play in practice.”

The Dragons resume NSIC play at 2 p.m. Saturday when they play at Minnesota-Crookston.

DICKINSON STATE (4-6): Washington 2-7 1-2 6, Bittner 6-13 1-3 18, Boedeker 3-6 0-0 7, Mullock 6-8 6-7 21, Adams 4-11 0-0 10, Jensen 0-0 0-0 0, Botsford 0-0 0-0 0, Norton 2-4 0-0 5, Jaramillo 1-1 0-0 3, Koch 0-0 0-0 0, Cabello 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 8-12 70.

MSU MOORHEAD (5-1): Yernatich 6-14 0-0 16, Dickson 6-10 1-1 16, Thomforde 2-3 0-3 5, Jetvig 10-14 3-3 25, Strese 0-2 4-4 4, Reiter 1-2 2-3 4, Zabel 0-0 1-2 1, Mayclin 2-8 0-0 5, Charette 2-6 0-0 5, Wrobel 2-4 0-0 4, Van Dyke 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-63 11-16 85

Half: MSUM 36, DSU 31. 3-point goals: DSU 14-24 (Washington 1-3, Bittner 5-8, Boedeker 1-2, Mullock 3-4, Adams 2-3, Norton 1-3, Jaramillo 1-1), MSUM 12-24 (Yernatich 4-7, Dickson 3-3, Thomforde 1-1, Jetvig 2-4, Mayclin 1-5, Charette 1-4). Total fouls: DSU 16, MSUM 16. Rebounds: DSU 18 (Mullock 8), MSUM 36 (Jetvig 7). Assists: DSU 16 (Boedeker 6), MSUM 27 (Thomforde 9). Steals: DSU 4 (four players with 1), MSUM 8 (Jetvig 3, Reiter 3). Turnovers: DSU 19 (Adams 4), MSUM 14 (Mayclin 4).


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