Bison Capitalize on Viking Drought

Jan 18th, 2006 @ 8:40 am | Author: Courtesy of Jeff Schwartz, NDSU Sports Information
FARGO, N.D.--North Dakota State University shot a season best 54 percent from the field and snapped a three-game losing streak with a 90-40 victory over Valley City State University in a non-conference women's basketball game played Tuesday, Jan. 17, before 1,366 at the Bison Sports Arena.

The Bison used a 17-0 run to pull away from NAIA member Valley City State (8-11). The Vikings had tied the game at 15-15 with 11:35 left in the first half on a pair of Molly Schultz jumper and free throw. Janae Larson, who nailed a pair of three-pointers to keep VSCU close, netted a team-high 11 points, and Schultz added 10 points.

However, Valley City State went through six-minute scoreless drought. NDSU capitalized as Danni Heintzelman, Lisa Bue, Kayla Dahlen, Danielle Ellison, Katie Dahlen and Brenda Slyt all contributed. A pair of Heintzelman free throws capped off the rally, put the Bison ahead 32-15 at the 5:44 mark and led to a 44-20 halftime lead.

Things didn't get much better in the second half for Valley City State, which went without a point for the first 5:58 of the second half. NDSU's lead ballooned to 56-20 over that span.

North Dakota State scored in a variety of ways including 38 points off of 33 Valley City State turnovers. NDSU held a 36-28 rebounding advantage and tallied 18 second chance points.

A trio of Bison players had "career" nights as 10 of 11 players scored and grabbed a rebound. Katie Dahlen and Slyt each connected for a career-high 15 points. The pair combined to hit 7-of-8 from three-point line as NDSU finished 8-of-17 from the stripe. Ellison scored a career best 13 points, hitting 6-of-7 field goal attempts.

The Bison shot a season-high 53.8 percent from the field compared to 31.8 percent for the Vikings.