DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawk women's basketball team returned to Scott Gymnasium following the long weekend. The Blue Hawks battled the Yellowstone Christian College Centurions in the final non-conference game before North Star Athletic Association play.
Both teams started slow in the first quarter. The Blue Hawks were put together a 7-2 run to finish the first quarter, giving them a 14-9 margin heading into the first intermission. In the second quarter both the Blue Hawks and Centurions saw some sloppy play. The teams combined for 12 turnovers in the second quarter alone, 22 in the entire half. But, the Blue Hawks were able to extend their lead thanks to three 3-point shots from Riley Helmick. The Blue Hawks shot over 43% in the first half and took a 33-18 lead to halftime.
The Blue Hawks began the second half strong. Defensively the Blue Hawks were able to stop the Centurions. A charge taken by Tarissa Phipps gave the Blue Hawks momentum and the used it to go on a 17-0 run. The run was fueled by another three 3's from Helmick. The Blue Hawks were able to clean up ball control, only giving up three turnovers in the period. The hot shooting and stout defense put the Blue Hawks up 56-28 heading into the final quarter.
The Blue Hawks sloppy play returned in the fourth quarter. DSU's first points did not come until there were 3:00 remaining. Even with the poor shooting and the turnovers the Blue Hawks were able to maintain their lead throughout the fourth, securing a 65-38 victory.
The Blue Hawks' offensive attack was lead by Helmick, who shot 50% beyond the arch, totaling for 21 points. Phipps was the only other Blue Hawk to get into double digits with 16 points. Karen Hopkins lead the Blue Hawks on the boards tallying 7 rebounds.
A Look Ahead: The Blue Haws look ahead to their weekend games Friday at 5:30 against Valley City State University and Saturday at 3:00 against Waldorf University. The weekend series is the first set of games in the North Star Athletic Association.