Dec 3rd, 2010 @ 6:28 am | Author: Ryan Cunningham, NewsDakota.com
It will take maximum effort for an undersized Viking womens team to defeat solid competition this year.
The Vikings showed they have it in them Thursday night in their Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) opener.
Caitlyn Wojahn (Sr., Milbank, SD) and Amanda Brown (Sr., Limon, CO) co-led five Vikings in double figures to lead Valley City State to a 72-69 win over Minot State at the W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse in the DAC opener for both teams.
No Viking over 5'10" saw the floor against a Beaver team that featured four 6' or taller posts on the night. Add to it the Vikings falling into a huge hole early, and the win was a terrific accomplishment.
Beaver post Caroline Folven (Sr., Byron, IL) scored 14 in each half, with her first half performance part of sinking the Vikings into a 27-12 hole early in the game.
Kristen Bearstail (Jr., Bismarck, ND) drained three big first-half threes to dig the Vikings back to within 34-30 at the break. Bearstail scored 11 points on the night, all in the first half.
Folven, who made her living in the middle during the first 20 minutes, drained two threes in the second half, shots that reversed momentum after the Vikings had tied the game. Minot State eventually rebuilt a 48-41 lead.
Wojahn and Brown then found their groove. Wojahn scored 11 of her 14 in the second half, nine on three from the outside, and Brown hit six consecutive free throws, scoring eigth of her 14 in the second frame, giving the Vikings a six-point edge late.
The Vikings improve to 5-4, 1-0 in DAC play. They face Dickinson State Friday night in Valley City.