Jan 21st, 2011 @ 11:25 pm | Author: Ryan Cunningham, Newsdakota.com
An undermanned Mayville State womens team made the Vikings earn it Friday night.

Valley City State managed to even its Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) record at 3-3 by gutting out a 54-44 win over the rival Comets at the W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City.

Mandi Bindas (Jr., Oxbow, ND) scored 11 of her game-high 15 in the second half for the Vikings.

Bindas' presence inside was sorely needed.

Reduced to just nine active players, the Comets threw a 2-3 zone look at the Vikings all night long, but there would be no feast from the outside against it. The Vikings finished 0-17 from beyond the arc.

Bindas changed the game in the second half, finding vaulable touches in the middle of the zone to hit four field goals to stabilize the Viking offense. Her success keyed a 22-5 run that delivered the Vikings the space they needed against a pesky Comet team that would not quit.

Bindas was the second Viking to transform the game inside. Finding little success in the early going, Brittany Lehner (Fr., Watertown, SD) gave the Vikings their first spark of the game with four first-half field goals, turning a deficit into a lead before the break.

Mayville State, playing without the services of the DAC's leading scorer, Eli Cosmo-Gonzalez, managed to stay within a bucket at the break, and, even after falling behind 45-28 in the second half, eventually cut the lead to seven late.

Hailey Longtin (Fr., Walhalla, ND) scored all 12 of her points before the break, with Hannah Wenaas (Jr., Montevideo, MN) adding two threes after the intermission for 11 on the night for the Comets.

The Vikings host Dakota State tomorrow afternoon. The game will be broadcast on Q101 KQDJ-FM, with pregame coverage beginning at 3:35 p.m., and tipoff scheduled for 4:00 p.m.