Tuesday: Viking Basketball hosts Blue Hawks

Nov 19th, 2013 @ 12:45 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
What: VCSU vs Dickinson State basketball
When: Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 5:30/7:30 p.m. (Women and Men)
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Valley City State welcomes Dickinson State University to the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse Tuesday for a men’s and women’s doubleheader at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Dickinson State is currently a member of the Frontier Conference, but will join the Vikings in the North Star Athletic Association next year as the sixth team in the conference.

Women’s game
The Viking women enter tonight’s game with a 2-3 overall record, winning their last counting game 74-69 against William Penn on Saturday. VCSU lost an exhibition game Sunday at St. Cloud State. Senior forward Brittany Lehner scored her 1,000th career point in Saturday’s victory, and currently leads the team with 13.8 points and six rebounds per game.

Junior forward Kelsey Hunter scores 8.6 points per game. She is one of six Vikings who average between 4.6 and 8.6 points per game.

The Dickinson State women bring a 4-1 record into the Bubble tonight. The Blue Hawks have two wins over Johnson and Wales, and wins over Manitoba and Presentation College. Dickinson is led in scoring by guard TaRicka Linzy, who is averaging 17.6 points per game. The 5-foot-7 sophomore guard is shooting just 34 percent from the field, but averages 9.4 free throw attempts per game.

Mariah Duran, a 5-foot-5 senior guard, scores 17 points per game and is making 38 percent of her 3-point attempts. In the middle, 6-foot-1 forward Jess Bygate nearly averages a double-double with 9.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. As a team, Dickinson scores 75 points a game and allows 63. The Vikings are scoring 64 points a game while allowing 73.

The VCSU and Dickinson women played twice last season, with VCSU winning both games 81-59 and 61-52. VCSU is 6-2 against Dickinson since the start of the 2009-10 season.

Men’s game
The Viking men bring a 1-4 record into tonight’s contest, earning a win their last time out, 76-69 over Silver Lake College on Saturday. Four different Vikings scored in double figures Saturday, led by 18 from AJ McDonald and 17 from Aaron Duske.

Duske and McDonald have been the top offensive weapons for VCSU this year. McDonald averages 19.4 points a game and is shooting 45 percent from 3-point range. Duske, the lone senior for VCSU, scores 15.6 points and also pulls down 6 rebounds a game. Jeremy Ware is the third leading scorer at 8.4 points per game. Mac Kroeplin, Jeff Romeus and Russell Robinson all average about 6 points.

Dickinson State’s men are 0-3 on the season, with all three losses coming against NCAA Division II teams: Minot State, South Dakota School of Mines and Chadron State. Three players average double figuring scoring for the Blue Hawks, led by 15 points from 6-foot-4 guard Tevin Russell. Ty Ackelson is averaging 14 points a game and Mackenson Odenier is scoring 10.7 points.
Russell (6-for-10) and Ackelson (9-for-11) are both shooting red hot from 3-point range in the early season.

The Vikings are averaging 27 3-point attempts per game, and are making 29 percent (39 made). Dickinson attempts just 17 3-pointers per game but is making 40 percent (21 made).

VCSU is giving up 78 points a game, while scoring just 72. The Blue Hawks also allow 78 points and score just 70.

The Viking men won both games with Dickinson last year by scores of 63-61 and 79-65. The Viking men are 4-1 against Dickinson the past two seasons.