Jan 13th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm | Author: Kory Foss, Vikings Sports News
Valley City- It looked at times like the Vikings women’s basketball team was finally going to claim their first Dakota Athletic Conference win of the season Thursday night but late rally by Mayville State resulted in another tough defeat for VCSU.

The Vikings (8-10, 0-7) appeared to be on their way to that elusive first win but eventually dropped a close contest to the Comets 76-73 at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.

The Comets (8-10, 2-5) opened up an early 17-9 lead against the Vikings thanks in part to 11 Viking turnovers in the first half. VCSU clawed their way back behind guard Molly Schultz who scored 14 of her team-high 20 points in the opening half. A late three-pointer by Schultz helped the Vikings to a 40-39 lead at the break.

The second half was a back-and-forth battle that saw the Vikings take their biggest lead of the night at 69-61 with a little over six minutes left in the game. The Vikings held the lead with a minute to play after junior forward Loni Hall dropped in a hard-fought basket underneath the hoop to give VCSU a 73-72 advantage.

Two free throws by the Comets Steph Meggers with 53 seconds left gave the Comets the lead for good though, as the Vikings couldn’t convert on a final shot and fell 76-73.

The Vikings were paced offensively by Schultz’s 20 points followed by Hall with 15 and senior forward Mallory Undlin with 12.

The Vikings might be off to a tough start to the conference season so far this year but Schultz doesn’t believe that a 0-7 record in the DAC is impossible to overcome for her team.

'As funny as it sounds I would rather be 0-7 in the first half of the conference schedule,' the junior from Casselton, ND said. 'I would rather peak in the second half and take that momentum into the tournament.'

The Vikings have a non-conference game in Fargo on January 17th against North Dakota State and will start the second half of the DAC schedule January 27th at home against Dakota State.