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VCSU women keep win streak alive at Dakota State, men lose to Sioux Falls

January 9, 2012

The Valley City State University womens basketball team picked up a big A.I.I. win on the road, beating Dakota State by a 68-52 Sunday.
Three Vikings scored in double figures, led by junior Katelyn Ralston who posted a game high 15 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor. Fellow junior Courtney Titus and sophomore Brittany Lehner tallied 11 points each for the Vikings.
The Viking defense held the Lady T’s to just 30.9 percent shooting from the floor and only 21 percent in the first half. The Vikings also forced 16 turnovers and coverted them into 18 points.
The Vikings were more efficient and turned the ball over seven times. The team shot 51.5 percent in the second half on the way to 48.3 percent for the game.
With the win, the Vikings move their win streak to seven games in a row and are 3-0 against A. I. I. opponents.
The Vikings will be back in action on their home floor on Sunday when they host Johnson and Wales from Denver in a 2:00 pm start at the W. E. Osmon Fieldhouse.
Earlier in the weekend, the Vikings lost in an exhibition to University of Sioux Falls 65-38.
The Vikings shot only 32% from the floor in the game and were 0-7 from the 3-point line in the loss. No Viking hit the double figure mark as sophomore Brittany Lehner and freshmen Sierra Even led the team with eight points apiece.
The Cougars struggled with the Vikings pressure defense as well and only shot 38 percent from the floor in the game but were 10-34 from long distance, giving the University of Sioux Falls a 30-point advantage from beyond the arc.
The game was an exhibition for the Vikings and does not count on their overall record. No Viking played more than 23 minutes in the game.
Mens win streak ends The Valley City State University mens basketball team erased two second half deficits and held the lead until only 1.1 seconds were left in a 76-75 loss at the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Saturday.
A game of runs, point swings and momentum led to an exciting finish.
The Vikings erased second half deficits of twelve and seven points and led until the final seconds of the game when Sioux Falls senior Skyler Bloch hit a jumpshot from the wing with 1.1 seconds left on the clock to steal the victory, ending VCSU's eight game win streak.
With the lead in the final seconds, the Vikings had opportunities to put the game away but couldn’t take advantage from the free-throw line and finished only 12-21 in free throws for the game.
Junior Sekani Milligen again led the Vikings with 22 points on 8-15 shooting, including 4-8 from the 3-point line. Aaron Duske and Sylvester Walker also had 13.

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