Nov 9th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
In a game that had four lead changes and four ties in the last six minutes of regulation, Minnesota State University Moorhead needed overtime to knock off the home Vikings by a 67-64 score.
Valley City State's Alyssa Hummel hit an 8 foot jumper from the baseline with 3.2 seconds left on the clock to knot the game at 57 a piece to send the Viking exhibition game into overtime. The Dragons drew first blood in overtime and outscored Valley City State 10-7 in the extra stanza to secure their first victory of the season.
Valley City State used high pressure defense to open up an 11 point first half lead but they had no answer for a two player Dragon second half surge. MSU-Moorhead used a powerful guard and post combination as Marisa Yernatich and Megan Stresse scored 20 points each for the Dragons. Yernatich hit four of seven from beyond the arc while Stresse did her damage in the post and at the foul line shooting 10-11 from the charity stripe.
For the game Valley City State forced 29 MSU-M turnovers, but the Vikings coughed it up 22 times of their own.
Offensively the Vikings had a rounded scoring attack with four players posting double figures. Hummel led the way and kept the Vikings in the game at the end of regulation and in overtime on her way to a team high 15 points. Hummel was followed by Katelyn Ralston with 14 while Sierra Even and Kelsey Hunter chipped in with 10 points each.
The loss does not count on the Vikings overall record as it was labeled as an exhibition. Valley City State will be back in action on Monday, November 12 when they host another NSIC and NCAA Division II foe when the University of Minnesota-Crookston visits the W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse for a 7:00 PM tip off.