DICKINSON, N.D. – Mariah Duran picked up 20 points for the Blue Hawks, but it was not enough to stop Lewis-Clark State. The Warriors defeated the Blue Hawks 83-59. Lewis-Clark is now 17-1 on the season, while Dickinson State falls to 12-7 overall and 2-2 in Frontier play.
Dickinson State started strong offensively working to an 11 point lead with eight and a half minutes to play in the first half. The Warriors battled back to tie it up just three minutes later as Shelby Barnes picked up a field goal in the paint and Brook Litalien knocked down a three. Litalien also went three-for-three from the charity stripe in the three minute span. With the game tied at 21-21 the Blue Hawks pulled ahead again, this time by two on a shot from Ja'Lisa Gatlin underneath. It was the last time the Blue Hawks held the lead. Lewis-Clark found momentum in the second half and did not relent, pulling ahead by 20 with 16:44 remaining in regulation. The Warriors would hover around a 20 point lead for the remainder of the game.
Tanis Fuller led the Warriors with 26 points. Brittaney Niebergall and Caelyn Orlandi finished with 14 and 11 respectively. McKenzie Heaslet and Loree Hill each had seven rebounds. Niebergall picked up a team high seven assists. Fuller led the Warriors with six steals. Lewis-Clark finished with 41 rebounds, 21 assists, and a 37.8 shooting percentage. The Warriors' bench combined for 37 points.
Duran's 20 points were a team high, while senior Jess Bygate added another 11. In her first appearance of the season junior Keshawnee Alley led the Blue Hawks with nine rebounds. She also tallied eight points and two assists. Sophomore guard TaRicka Linzy led with six assists. Duran hit five shots from beyond the three-point arc to continue her success from out deep. The Blue Hawks finished with 46 rebounds, eight blocks, two steals, and a shooting percentage of 40.
Dickinson State will be back on the court on Saturday (Jan. 11) when they travel to Butte, Mont. to take on Montana Tech. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.