66
61
Women
Men
56
82
(RV)Valley City State
Bellevue University
Alli Vandal, left, and Austin Dunbar.
Alli Vandal, left, and Austin Dunbar.
Basketball - Fri, Feb. 10, 2017
Final - Women's Basketball1234F
Valley City State 19-7, 10-3 NSAA1217122566
Bellevue 14-13, 7-6 NSAA131392156
Feb. 10, 2017
Bellevue, Neb. (Lozier Athletic Center)
Attendance: 118
Valley City StateIndv. LeadersBellevue
#20 Alli Vandal - 21Points #21 Caletria CURTIS - 12
2 Players (#03,#20) - 9Rebounds #21 Caletria CURTIS - 7
#03 Nisja Bass - 4Assists #10 Shanae COLLINS - 3
Valley City StateTeam StatisticsBellevue
35.8% (19 - 53) Field Goals % 32.7% (16 - 49)
16.7% (2 - 12) 3 Point Field Goals % 20% (4 - 20)
76.5% (26 - 34) Free Throws 62.5% (20 - 32)
44Rebounds 31
10Assists 8
21Turnovers 19
182nd Chance Pts 9
Final - Men's Basketball12F
Valley City State 14-13, 6-7 NSAA214061
Bellevue 18-8, 10-3 NSAA344882
Feb. 10, 2017
Bellevue, Neb. (Lozier Athletic Center)
Attendance: 143
Valley City StateIndv. LeadersBellevue
#22 Austin Dunbar - 18Points #14 HILTON,Nick - 27
#22 Austin Dunbar - 12Rebounds #22 STILLMAN,Jaffery - 10
3 Players - 3Assists 2 Players (#14,#22) - 3
Valley City StateTeam StatisticsBellevue
34.9% (22 - 63) Field Goals % 46.6% (34 - 73)
25% (4 - 16) 3 Point Field Goals % 36% (9 - 25)
100% (13 - 13) Free Throws 55.6% (5 - 9)
48Rebounds 36
10Assists 17
13Turnovers 2
202nd Chance Pts 9

The Valley City State basketball teams split a conference doubleheader Friday night at Bellevue University. The Viking women earned a 66-56 victory in the opener, while the men could not overcome a poor shooting performance in a 82-61 loss to the Bruins.

Up next: VCSU continues its road trip at Dakota State University on Saturday. Women tip at 3 p.m. with the men to follow at 5 p.m. Those games can be heard on local Valley City radio: KOVC 1490-AM and online at http://www.newsdakota.com/kovc-1490am/

Women: VCSU 66, Bellevue 56
Alli Vandal poured in a game-high 21 points Friday night as she led the Viking women to their 19th win of the season.

Bellevue held a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, but VCSU outscored the Bruins 17-13 in the second quarter to take a 29-26 halftime lead. The Vikings extended the lead to 41-35 after the third quarter.

The Bruins trimmed the Viking lead to 41-38 early in the fourth quarter, but VCSU responded with a 14-4 run over the next five minutes to build its biggest lead of the game at 55-42. Bellevue got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

VCSU shot just 36 percent overall (19-53) and 17 percent from 3-point range (2-12). Both of VCSU's 3-pointers came in the big fourth quarter run that put the game away. The Vikings went to the free throw line 34 times and made 26 for a 77 percent night. VCSU also pulled down 18 offensive rebounds and held a 44-31 advantage on the glass.

VCSU's two leading scorers Georgia Williams and Lexi Lennon combined to shoot just 5-for-27 overall but other players stepped up to fill the void.

Vandal went 6-for-11 from the field and 9-for-11 on free throws, and also pulled down nine rebounds for VCSU. Nisja Bass also had a near double-double, filling up the stat sheet with 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Bellevue shot 33 percent from the field (16-49), 20 percent on 3's (4-20) and 63 percent on free throws (20-32).

With the victory, Valley City State (19-7, 10-3 NSAA) clinches the No. 3 seed for the North Star Athletic Association Tournament later this month. With three regular season games remaining, the Vikings have a three-game lead on Bellevue (14-13, 7-6 NSAA) and would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Men: Bellevue 82, VCSU 61
Valley City State's men struggled to make shots Friday night in a 82-61 loss to No. 21-ranked Bellevue.

The Vikings shot just 35 percent from the field (22-63) and 25 percent on 3's (4-16) as they fell to 14-13 overall and 6-7 in conference play. Bellevue improves its record to 18-8 overall and 10-3 in the North Star Athletic Association.

The Vikings fell behind 19-7 in the early going and were never able to make a serious comeback. Bellevue led 34-21 at halftime and coasted in the second half.

Austin Dunbar led the Vikings with his conference-leading 10th double-double of the season, posting 18 points and 12 rebounds on Friday.

Jayden Ferguson added 16 points and seven boards, and Rashad Satahoo had 15 points. Satahoo and Ferguson VCSU's two leading scorers this season combined to go just 9-for-33 on field goals Friday as part of VCSU's tough shooting night.

Elwood Ellenson added six points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the loss.

Nick Hilton made six 3's and scored a game-high 27 points to lead Bellevue, which only had two turnovers in the game. The Bruins shot 47 percent from the field (34-73), 36 percent on 3's (9-25) and 56 percent at the free throw line (5-9).

VCSU was perfect at the free throw line, going 13-for-13 in the loss.