DICKINSON, N.D. -- The Blue Hawks picked up a win over Carroll College on Saturday (Feb. 15), 59-49. The victory came after Dickinson State honored seniors Mariah Duran, Jess Bygate, andDawne Degel. Dickinson State is now 14-14 overall and 4-9 in Frontier play.
The Blue Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead after a three-pointer from Duran, two in the paint from Degel, and a three from sophomore TaRicka Linzy. After a free-throw from Jordan Bagley, Bygate picked up two to give the Blue Hawks a 10-1 lead with 17:07 to play in the first. In less than three minutes each Dickinson State senior had picked up points.
Katie Estey led the Saints with 13 points, while Bagley recorded 11. Bagley led Carroll with eight rebounds. The Saints finished with 33 rebounds, 11 steals, and a shooting percentage of 29.8.
Bygate led the Blue Hawks with 13 points, Linzy recorded 12, and Duran knocked in 11. SophomoreJalyn Klauzer had a team high 11 rebounds. Bygate finished with six rebounds. Duran notched five assists. Degel recorded six points and seven rebounds. Dickinson State finished with 50 rebounds, 13 steals, two blocks, and a 37.5 shooting percentage.
Here is what Coach Graupe had to say of his three seniors:
"Jess Bygate – Jess arrived in Dickinson last fall after playing a year of junior college basketball at Moberly, Missouri. She is from Nelson, New Zealand. Bygate has made significant production from the post. She has averaged over 10 points a game throughout her career, while also leading the team in blocks. Bygate's outstanding play is not limited to her production for the Blue Hawks. A lifelong dream came to fruition last summer when she was elected to play on the New Zealand national team. After her last game in a Dickinson State jersey we look forward to seeing her continue to excel professionally and represent the Blue Hawks on the international stage. She will graduate with a degree in exercise science. She was escorted by Holly and Garrett Meier and is the daughter of Tim and Theresa Bygate.
Mariah Duran – After her high school career in Murray, Utah came to an end, she played at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming before arriving at Dickinson State. Mariah's success from behind the arch has thrilled onlookers in Scott Gymnasium for the past two years. She is currently 6th in the nation in three-point field goals made and is 35th in assists. Mariah isn't afraid to attack the rim and slip by the defender with a Euro step. What truly makes Mariah a special person and player is her fun loving spirit exhibited by her constant smile on and off the court. She will graduate from Dickinson State with a degree in communications. She was escorted by her parents, Marke and Lynette Duran, and her sister Megan.
Dawne Degel – Dawne, a Twin Bridges, Montana product, also went to junior college in Wyoming. She played for Sheridan College before coming to Dickinson State three years ago. Dawne has been a consistent starter for the Blue Hawks and is ranked 41st in the country in rebounding. Her positive nature and compassion for others shows why she has been a fantastic teammate, leader, and role model. Dawne is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors and Leadership program and has been recognized for her academic success on multiple occasions. She will graduate with a degree in biology. Dawne was escorted by her parents Joe and Karen Degel and the parents of Janae Moore, David and Terri Moore."
The Blue Hawks have two remaining games, both on the road. They play Montana State-Northern om Thursday (Feb. 20), followed by Carroll on Friday (Feb. 21).