The Dixie State women’s basketball team rolled to its largest margin of victory of the season on Saturday with a 72-52 triumph over Hawai’i Hilo inside the Burns Arena.
The Trailblazers (11-12, 7-9) had to shake off a slow start as the Vulcans opened a 10-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game. DSU trimmed the deficit to one point on two different occasions in the first quarter when Maile Richardson and Tramina Jordan each knocked down a triple, but UHH responded both times to take a 16-12 lead.
Dixie State clamped down defensively in the second quarter, holding the Vulcans to just nine points in the frame. Meanwhile, DSU poured in 20 points during the quarter, led by seven points by Ashlee Burge, to take a 32-25 lead into the halftime break.
The Trailblazers picked up where they left off in the third quarter, scoring the first 16 points of the frame to build a 48-25 lead. DSU connected on four triples during the stretch, including two treys by Keslee Stevenson. The Vulcans countered with an 11-0 run to trim the lead to 48-36 before DSU ended the frame with three free throws to push the lead back to 51-36.
The teams traded baskets through the first half of the fourth quarter before Dixie State pulled away for good with a 12-4 run in the final five minutes of the game to push the score to the final tally of 72-52.
Dixie State shot 41 percent (25-of-60) from the field, 32 percent (10-of-31) from 3-point range and 70 percent (12-of-17) from the free-throw line. Jordan led three DSU players in double figures with 13 points, while Matti Ventling added 11 points and Richardson finished with 10 points.
The Trailblazers continue their three-game homestand next Saturday against Hawai’i Pacific. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].