The Lady Lions basketball team opened their 2012-2013 season with 4 straight road games and now they finally got to play in front of their home fans. They welcomed NAIA opponent Dakota State University Lady Trojans to Ray Ulmer Fieldhouse.
The Lady Lions came out fast in the opening minutes of the game taking an early lead over the Lady Trojans 9 to 6, but after that the Lady Trojans defense tightened its grips on the Lady Lions. The Lady Trojans would hold the Lady Lions to just 6 for 32 (18.8 percent) from the field and they would go 14 for 29 (48.9 percent) themselves. Both teams had 12 turnovers at the half, while the Lady Lions grabbed 8 offensive boards. The Lady Trojans took a 36 to 15 lead into halftime.
The Lady Lions offense finally got back on track in the second half scoring 31 points in the second frame. They shot 12 for 28 (42.9 percent) from the field and 5 for 9 (55.6 percent) on 3 pointers. The Lady Lions also caused 8 more Lady Trojan turnovers. The Lady Trojans offense continue to score in the second half scoring 48 more points on 62.5 percent of their field goals (15 for 24). They also made 10 of their 12 (83.3 percent) free throw attempts in the second half. The Lady Trojans went on to win 84 to 46 over the Lady Lions.
In the loss the Lady Lions were led by freshman guard Aaren LaRose (Holbrook, AZ) who had 13 points on 5 of 13 from the field and 3 of 8 behind the arc. Treva Nutter (Thedford, NE) added 12 points, while Shianne Montgomery (Charlo, MT) had 10 points of her own. The Lady Lions grabbed 12 offensive boards, 10 steals and caused 20 Lady Trojan turnovers in the game.
The loss drops the Lady Lions to 3-2 on the season with 2 more games this weekend still to play. The lady Lions head to NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND for the Baymont Inn Classic. The Lady Lions face Dakota College at Bottineau at 2pm on Saturday, November 17th and they play North Dakota State College of the Sciences at 4pm on Sunday November 18th, that game can be listened to live at http://www.ndscs.nodak.edu/athletics/live/ .