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WBB: Viking Women Open 2012 with Win

Jan 5th, 2012 @ 7:29 am | Author: Viking Sports Admin
After a slow start, the Viking women found their offensive rhythm in the second half to overcome a halftime deficit and pull out a 63-49 victory on the road at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Valley City State struggled in the first half, shooting only 24% from the floor, the Cougars however found the basketball early and often, shooting to a 56% clip in the first half to grab a 24-19 halftime lead. The roles were reversed in the second half however.

The Vikings outscored the host Cougars 44-25 in the second half to erase the deficit and come away with a hard fought victory. In the second half, Valley City State shot 50% while limiting UM-Morris to 26.5% shooting from the floor. The Vikings also held a sizeable advantage at the free throw line shooting 9-11 (81.8%) in the game to the Cougars 6-14 (42.9%).

The Vikings pressure defense forced UM-Morris into 20 turnovers for the game as the Vikings racked up 14 steals as a team.

Two Vikings scored in double figures as they were led by freshman Sadiqah Jihad who tallied a game high 16 points. She was followed by sophomore Brittany Lehner who scored 13 points. Four different Vikings grabbed seven rebounds in the game.

The win moves the Vikings to 11-8 and improves their win streak to six games in a row. Valley City State travels to South Dakota for back to back games on Saturday and Sunday, playing an exhibition game at the University of Sioux Falls before an A. I. I. Conference game versus Dakota State on Sunday.