DICKINSON, N.D. -- Despite a desperate comeback effort, Dickinson State University pulled out a 71-69 victory over Bellevue University in North Star Athletic Association women's basketball action Friday night at Scott Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Bruins fell to 10-8 on the season and 1-1 in the NSAA. DSU improved to 5-10 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Ashlie Watts (19) and Ashlie Larson (18) combined for 37 points to pace the Bluehawk attack.
The Bruins committed 10 first-half turnovers and trailed by as many as 12 points before holding the Bluehawks scoreless for the final 3:38 of the first half, pulling to within seven points at 36-29 at the intermission.
Pankey and Martinez led the Bruins with six points each in the first half as BU shot 44 percent from the field and hit 2-of-8 from behind the arc.
DSU nailed eight 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes of play and was led by Watts who scored 11 first-half points.
The Bluehawks scored the first five points of the third quarter to expand the lead to 12 points at 41-29.
Sparked by six points from Pankey, Bellevue closed the third quarter on a 15-5 run to pull to within a single point at 50-49.
A layup by Martinez gave BU its first lead of the game since early in the first quarter at 60-58 with 4:41 remaining in the contest.
The two teams traded baskets over the next four minutes until a short jumper by Danielle Wallace gave the Bluehawks a 67-65 lead with 17 seconds left in regulation. The Bruins turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and Larson's two free throws extended DSU's lead to 69-65 with 12 ticks remaining.
After a layup by Martinez pulled BU to within two points, Larson nailed two more insurance free throws as the Bluehawks held on for the 71-69 victory.
The Bruins will head to Valley City, N.D. tomorrow (Jan. 11) for a 3 p.m. NSAA contest at Valley City State University.