DICKINSON, ND- The Blue Hawk women's basketball team had their home opener Monday evening as they hosted the Montana State University-Northern Lights of the Frontier Conference.
The Blue Hawks began the game slowly on both halves of the court. The Blue Hawks' 6 turnovers in the first and a good shooting performance from the lights, gave MSUN 23 points on the score board in the first quarter. While the Blue Hawks were unable to get effective looks offensively only tallying 12.
In the second quarter, the Blue Hawk women gained more traction on both ends. DSU was able to quiet the attack of the Lights, only allowing 12 points in the quarter. The Blue Hawk offense also picked up the pace in the second, netting 16 points to cut down on the Lights' lead.
Coming out of the halftime intermission the Blue Hawks continued to battle closely with the Lights. The Blue Hawk defense continued to cause troubles for the MSUN team, only allowing the Lights to go 4-13 from the field. But, the Blue Hawks were unable to take advantage offensively as they were only able to go 3-13 from the field, allowing the lights to push their lead to ten heading into the final period.
In the fourth, the Blue Hawks began to chip away at MSUN's lead. The Blue Hawk offense began to click. DSU put together a four-minute stretch of outscoring the Lights 14-2, capped off with a three from Riley Helmcik cutting Northern's lead to 3. But, the Lights began to retake control of the game, forcing the Blue Hawks to foul to maintain hope. Ultimately, the Blue Hawks' run fell short of taking down the Lights, losing 66-61.
The Blue Hawks and Lights had similar statistics shooting from the field, but the Lights had a 7 made shots from the charity stripe. The Blue hawks were led by Jennifer Burnham in the scoring column with 14, Burnham was also able to steal three times from the Lights. Lacey Waid tallied the most rebounds with 5, all coming on the defensive end.
A Look Ahead: The Blue Hawk women's basketball team will continue their home stand with a game Thursday night against Rocky Mountain College and Friday against Salish Kootenai College. Both of those games begin at 5:00 and are followed by the men's basketball team in their first home games.