On Saturday against Manhattan Christian College, the Saints fell behind 21-0 and on Tuesday against Valley City State, PC trailed 20-0 before wiping the zero off the scoreboard. On the strength of 58 percent shooting from the field, Valley City posted a 93-54 win over Presentation in college women’s basketball at the Strode Center.
The Vikings scored 20 unanswered points in the first four minutes of the contest.
“It happened against Manhattan Christian (on Saturday) and it happened tonight,” said PC women’s coach Alaina Benson. “We had open layups and open shots on the outside. We just can’t knock anything down. It’s almost like we’re psyching ourselves out before we even start. Hopefully, we can figure out a solution for it by the next time we play.”
Valley City State, which is ranked 13th in NAIA Division II this week, made 7 out of 11 three-point field goals in the opening half and 66 percent overall from the field in the game.
“We’ve struggled a little bit against some zones so I am very pleased with the fact that we did do a better job of that tonight (Tuesday),” said VCSU coach Jill DeVries. “We’ve been talking about it and working on it. We’re going to see zone quite a bit in the next week. We don’t always shoot quite like this.”
The Saints best offensive surge of the game came in the second half for about six minutes as Presentation outscored the Vikings 14-4 to trim the score to 68-40. PC’s Hannah Phillips rattled off six straight points in the run.
“They are a very good team and we knew that coming into this game,” said Benson. “That is something that we also psyched ourselves out about. We need to realize that we can compete with a team like this. There are certain things we have to watch for and a big one is rebounding and stopping their post play and also taking care of the ball.”
A Valley City player experienced a career highlight early in the second half. Senior Alyssa Hummel scored the 1,000th point of her career with 15½ minutes remaining in the game.
“I’m really happy with the way they (my players) performed tonight,” said DeVries, who noted that the Vikings were playing without senior Katelyn Ralston who was attending her grandfather’s funeral. “I’m really happy with the way they’ve played all year. Very pleased with what we showed here tonight because we’ve been on the road a lot. This is our fourth game in five days so I’m pleased with the way the ball went in the basket.”
The Vikings recently returned from playing in New Mexico. Eleven players scored for Valley City, including Courtney Dixon with 14 points. Sierra Even and Erika Ettl added 12 points each as the Vikings improved to 16-3.
The Saints, who shot 31 percent from the field, were led by Hannah Phillips with 15 points and Rachel Fuhrmann with 12 points and nine rebounds. Abbie Geraci chipped in with 11 points and Kelli Boekelheide had 10.
Presentation College will have a 10-day layoff. The Saints next game is Jan. 25 against Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D.
“We need a little break at this point; probably not 10 days,” said Benson. “It will give us some time off and time away from each other. We’ll go hard at practice and be ready to go against Trinity.”
VALLEY CITY STATE (16-3): Brittany Lehner 4-5 1-1 9, Alyssa Hummel 4-6 0-1 8, Courtney Titus 2-5 4-4 9, Sierra Evan 4-6 0-0 12, Sadiqah Jihad 3-5 1-1 8, Erika Ettl 4-7 0-0 12, Ashli Lee 2-4 1-2 5, Stephanie Pedersen 1-3 0-0 2, Megan Trautman 2-5 0-0 6, Kelsey Hunter 4-7 0-1 8, Courtney Dixon 6-9 2-2 14. Totals 36-62 9-12 93.
PRESENTATION COLLEGE (8-9): Rachel Fuhrmann 5-16 2-3 12, Hannah Phillips 5-11 5-6 15, Kaylee Voorhees 0-3 4-4 4, Abbie Geraci 4-11 1-2 11, Kelli Boekelheide 3-15 2-2 10, Lynn Weikel 1-1 0-3 2, Kendra Ostrom 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-58 14-20 54.
Halftime score — Valley City 51-21. 3-point field goals — Valley City 12-25 (Titus 1-3, Even 4-6, Jihad 1-3, Ettl 4-7, Lee 0-1, Pedersen 0-1, Trautman 2-4); Presentation 4-17 (Fuhrmann 0-1, Phillips 0-1, Voorhees 0-2, Geraci 2-4, Boekelheide 2-9). Fouled out — None. Total fouls — Valley City 18; Presentation 11. Rebounds — Valley City 36 (Titus 8); Presentation 25 (Fuhrmann 9). Turnovers — Valley City 17; Presentation 22. Assists — Valley City 26 (Jihad 5); Presentation 10 (Voorhees 4). Steals — Valley City 8 (Pedersen 3); Presentation 8 (Fuhrmann 3). Blocked shots — Valley City 1 (Even 1); Presentation 1 (Fuhrmann 1). Officials — Kim Zimmerman, Jordan Opp, Scott Witlock.