Basketball: Postseason positions on the line Saturday

Feb 14th, 2014 @ 1:00 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
What: VCSU basketball at Dakota State (Madison, S.D.)
When: Saturday, 4/6 p.m.
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Postseason positioning is on the line Saturday as the Valley City State basketball teams go on the road to Dakota State University.

Both the men's and women's teams are battling each other in the North Star Athletic Association standings ahead of Saturday's match ups. Women tip at 4 p.m. and the men follow at 6 p.m. Both games can be heard live on KOVC 1490 and NewsDakota.com.

Women's Game
Both the Vikings and Lady T's are 2-3 in North Star play, but VCSU right now owns the head-to-head tiebreaker for the conference's No. 3 position. A win Saturday by the Vikings would all but solidify them as the No. 3 seed for the North Star postseason tournament.

VCSU hosted Dakota State back on Feb. 1 and the Vikings came away with a big 71-51 victory. A 45-24 halftime lead propelled VCSU to what was at the time its first conference win.

Brittany Lehner led a balanced attack with 19 points. Sierra Even added 12 points and Ashli Lee scored 10 off the bench for the Vikings, who forced 24 Dakota State turnovers.

Dakota State was led by Erin Rabenberg's 13 points off the bench.

Valley City (12-9, 2-3 NSAA) is 3-4 in true road games this season. Dakota State (10-17, 2-3 NSAA) is 3-4 at home.

Men's Game
Like the women, the Viking and Trojan men are also battling for seeding position here in the second half of conference play. VCSU currently sits in second place in the North Star with a 4-1 conference record. Dakota State is right behind with a 3-2 record.

A win by the Vikings Saturday would guarantee VCSU a top 2 seed for the upcoming tournament. If Dakota State wins Saturday, the two teams would be locked in a tie for second place with two games remaining.

The Vikings and Trojans battled back on Feb. 1 in Valley City, and it was all Vikings in the first half as they built a 43-15 halftime lead en route to an 88-63 victory.

Aaron Duske scored 21 point in the game – one of four Vikings in double figures. Mac Kroeplin poured in 16, AJ McDonald added 14 and Russell Robinson chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Yusuf Vinson had a big game for Dakota State with 23 points and nine rebounds.

The Vikings enter Saturday's contest on a four-game winning streak and have won 8 of their last 9 games. Valley City State (13-11, 4-1 NSAA) is 4-2 in true road games this season. Dakota State (11-14, 3-2 NSAA) is 8-3 at home.