The Dixie State women’s basketball team honored its four seniors prior to tipoff on Monday, then sent them out in winning fashion with an 87-50 triumph over Holy Names on Senior Night inside the Burns Arena.
The Trailblazers (12-13, 8-10 PacWest) never trailed in the contest, outscoring the Hawks in each quarter on the way to recording their largest margin of victory this season for the second time this month. DSU also converted on 13-of-30 3-point attempts, marking the second-most 3-pointers made this year.
Dixie State raced to a 9-0 lead less than three minutes into the game when Matti Ventling, Gabrielle Cabanero and Keslee Stevenson each buried a triple to set the tone for the night. Holy Names countered with five-consecutive points, but DSU responded with a 7-2 run to build a 16-6 lead. Maile Richardson scored five of the seven points during the stretch.
The Trailblazers enjoyed their highest scoring quarter of the night in the second frame, outscoring the Hawks, 26-12. DSU forced 11 HNU turnovers during the quarter and turned those turnovers into 10 points. Taylor Moeaki scored six points during the stanza, while Ventling and Mariah Martin added five points each to help build a 42-21 halftime lead.
Dixie State opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run to extend the lead to 52-23 at the 7:01 mark. Cabanero scored on back-to-back layups during the run, while Ashlee Burge and Moeaki each added a layup. The teams went back and forth for the final five minutes, and DSU took a 63-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Trailblazers used their second-quarter performance as a blueprint for the fourth quarter, outscoring the Hawks, 24-14, in the final frame. Dixie State shot a blistering 53 percent (8-of-15) from the field in the quarter and buried five triples. Ventling accounted for three of the five 3-pointers for nine points during the stretch, while Morgan Myers buried the other two treys to help seal the 87-50 victory.
Dixie State shot 40 percent (30-of-75) from the field, 43 percent (13-of-30) from 3-point range and 70 percent (14-of-20) from the free-throw line. Ventling led three DSU players in double figures with a game-high 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting from outside. Ventling also added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Moeaki added 14 points, while Stevenson chipped in 10 points. Burge finished with six points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Cabanero recorded a season-high eight points.
The Trailblazers now head to Southern California for their final road trip of the season at Biola on Thursday and Point Loma on Saturday.
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].