The Lady Buccaneers claimed their first conference win on the road at Williston State College 79-60. What seemed to be the favorites in Dawson Community College over Williston based on overall records, the Lady Tetons gave DCC a run for their money in the first half and into the 3rd quarter. The Lady Tetons played without two of their best ball handlers, and it showed against the ferocious full court press of DCC. However, once the ball was brought into the frontcourt, Williston managed to make some impressive 3 point shots and post buckets in the paint.
Williston shot better percentages than Dawson from the field with 45%, on the free throw line with 92% and from the 3 point range with 42%. The Lady Bucs shot it quite well too with 42% from the field and 41% at the 3-point line, but only made 67% for their free throws. The difference in the game was DCC’s press and rotating man to man defense causing the Lady Tetons to turn it over 38 times. DCC had 23 steals.
Head Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. commented on tonight’s action, “I was very impressed the way Coach Herbel had her team playing. Despite their losing record and losing of some key players, Williston came to play and did not back down. And this was a prime example of what events may display when conference play begins and continues throughout the season. However, I was very proud of our team to be tough throughout the night as well, competing and fighting off the confidence Williston had.”
Freshman Alexius Foster led the Bucs with 22 points and 6 steals. MacKinzie Verke of Park City, MT was on fire scoring 4 three-point shots and finishing the game with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Lexia Bell-White had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Emily Harwood contributed 10 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, but led the team with 5 turnovers.
The Lady Bucs will host their first conference home opener against North Dakota State College of Science this Thursday, January 11th at 5:30 pm.