Game Notes: Viking Women host Viterbo

Nov 22nd, 2013 @ 8:29 am | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
What: Viking women's basketball vs. Viterbo
When: Friday, 6 p.m. at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse
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The Viking women's basketball team hosts Viterbo University today for a 6 p.m. home game at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

Valley City State (2-4) is coming off a 73-58 home loss to Dickinson State on Tuesday night. Viterbo (1-4) picked up its first victory of the season on Tuesday night, 73-58 over North Central University. Viterbo is playing the second of back-to-back games after a contest last night at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn.

The last time the Viking women played Viterbo was on Oct. 28, 2010. VCSU came away with a 64-60 overtime victory in that game behind 20 points from Mandi Bindas. The Vikings also defeated Viterbo 95-52 back on Dec. 30, 2008.

The Viking women have struggled at times to find their shot in the early season. VCSU is shooting 37 percent overall through six games, and 29 percent on 3-pointers. Brittany Lehner leads the way with 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Kelsey Hunter and Megan Trautman both average about 8 points per game.

The Vikings score 63 points per game and allow 73. VCSU is averaging 23 turnovers per game.

Viterbo enters tonight's game with one of the Top 25 scorers in the nation. Guard Jenna Engh is averaging 19.8 points per game, while making about three 3-pointers per contest. Engh is shooting 31 percent overall and 28 percent on 3-pointers. Sami Weaver has been solid inside for the V-Hawks, averaging 9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game inside.

As a team, Viterbo is shooting 36 percent overall and 28 percent on 3's. Both the Vikings and V-Hawks attempt about 20 3-pointers per game.

Valley City State head coach Cathy Hanek is in her first season. Viterbo University head coach Bobbi Vandenberg is in her 21st season.