Feb 22nd, 2013 @ 4:07 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
The Valley City State University Vikings slumped in the second half but shot 20-23 from the free throw line in the game to hold off a pesky Rochester (MI) team 57-52 in the quarter finals of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Conference Basketball Tournament.

Stephanie Pedersen, starting for the injured Katelyn Ralston, gave the Vikings some impressive minutes in their 23rd victory of the season. Pedersen didn't score from the floor but was 9-10 from the free throw line, pulled in a game high nine rebounds and dished out four assists while swiping two steals for Valley City State.

The Vikings shot 44.8% in the first half to stake themselves to a 13 point half time lead and they would need it all as they went cold in the second half. Shooting only four of 22 (18.2%) in the second half and three for 20 (15.0%) from the three point line in the game, VCSU closed the game on a 6-2 run and shot 10-12 from the free throw line in the second half to secure the victory.

Valley City State controlled the boards, outrebounding Rochester 38-32 in the game including eight offensive rebounds.

Brittany Lehner was the lone Viking in double figures, scoring 14 points on five of nine shooting from the floor.

The 23rd win of the season ties the record for victories in a season for Valley City State Women's Basketball, set in the 2010-11 season in which the Vikings qualified for their first ever NAIA Women's Basketball Tournament.

The quarterfinal victory moves Valley City State to the semi-finals where they will play #22 ranked Mayville State University at 1:00 PM on Saturday at the Jamestown Civic Center. It will be the fourth time this season the Vikings have battled the Comets with Valley City State winning their only outing in their last contest in an 85-79 home Viking match-up.