Valley City State University womens basketball coach Jill DeVries has seen the difference a good fan base can make.
"It was very evident a couple of years ago, when we had a full house for the Jamestown game, the difference the crowd can have in a game," DeVries said. "Even when we've been on the road at places like Dordt, they just have an outstanding student following.
"The environment can be such a game changer."
It's a culture that has always been at VCSU for games against rivals like Jamestown College, but otherwise left a frequently quiet crowd.
When Valley City State University women's basketball coach Jill DeVries looked at the matchup between her team and Dickinson State University Saturday and thought her team could have some fun in the paint.
"We thought we could do some things with our post players because we're probably a litle quicker," DeVries said.
So as the Blue Hawks trapped Valley City's guards, leaving post players open, the Vikings capitalized, getting 29 combined points from Brittany Lehner and Kelsey Hunter in an 81-59 win at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in the teams' first encounter this season.
As the Valley City State University mens basketball team left the floor following its 63-61 win over Dickinson State at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse, there was only a hint of the normal joy that comes with victory.
More than anything, there was disappointment that what seemed a sure victory â€” a 10-point lead with two minutes left â€” was ultimately decided by a missed buzzer beating 3-pointer from Dickinson's Anthony Hodges, on an open look from the corner that would have sent the Blue Hawks away with the win.
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For the first 20 minutes of the Valley City State University women's basketball team's game with St. Cloud State Wednesday at W.E. Osmon Field house, the Vikings struggled at times against a tough Huskie defense, but never let the game get out of hand, even mounting a story run to keep it close at halftime in the 70-45 loss.
But in the second half of the exhibition for the Vikings, which has no effect on the team's win-loss record, the pressure finally got to them.
When Valley City High School sophomore Annie Hart was preparing to take her block for her events Saturday at the North Dakota High School Activities Association State Girls Swimming and Diving Championship Saturday in Bismarck, she knew it'd be a bit different than any other meet.
On top of the packed crowd at the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center, she was among those who earned the right to walk in the parade of athletes, an honor reserved for the top eight finalists in every event.
It goes without saying that not every shot taken in a basketball game falls in, which is why many coaches focus on play after the shot. The difference between a team getting the ball back or giving it up falls in the hands of those underneath the basket grabbing rebounds.
In that regard, Valley City State University womens basketball coach Jill DeVries left pleased after the Vikings' 68-60 win over University of Minnesota â€” Crookston Monday at W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
FARGO â€” All year long, Valley City High School senior Jasmine Stevens played a crucial role in the volleyball team's offensive success, and when the team entered Friday's elimination match in the Eastern Dakota Conference tournament, coach Katy Van Dyke had her ready for more.
"I talked to her (Thursday) and told her 'I'm going to depend on you. You might not kill the ball every time, but you are so dependable about getting the ball over the net,'" Van Dyke said.