The Dixie State women’s basketball team dropped its 2017-18 season finale, 79-68, to Point Loma inside Golden Gymnasium in San Diego, California.
The Trailblazers (12-15, 8-12 PacWest) battled and stayed close throughout the duration of the game, but they went cold during the third quarter and couldn’t make up the difference in the final period. All five DSU starters finished in double figures, led by Ashlee Burge who finished with a double-double of 14 points and a career-high 21 rebounds in her final collegiate outing.
Dixie State opened the game with three-consecutive baskets to jump to a 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. Point Loma countered with a 7-3 run to trim the lead to 9-7, but DSU answered with an 8-0 spurt to push the lead to 17-7 at the 1:57 mark. Four different DSU players scored during the stretch as the visitors grabbed the early momentum.
The Sea Lions trimmed the lead to four points at 22-18 two minutes into the second quarter, but the Trailblazers answered with a 7-3 spurt to build the lead back to 29-21 at the 5:50 mark. PLNU countered with a 14-2 run to take a 35-31 lead two minutes later. The teams traded baskets until Mariah Martin converted a traditional three-point play with six seconds remaining to trim the PLNU lead to 42-41 at halftime.
Dixie State went cold in the third quarter as Point Loma cruised to a 23-7 scoring advantage in the frame to build a 65-48 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Trailblazers fought back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Sea Lions, 20-14. However, PLNU answered when it needed to, and the visitors could not make up the deficit, eventually falling 79-68.
Dixie State shot 38 percent (27-of-71) from the field, 19 percent (4-of-21) from 3-point range and 66 percent (10-of-15) from the free-throw line. Burge’s double-double (14 points, 21 rebounds) led five DSU players in double figures, while Maile Richardson added 13 points, Taylor Moeaki chipped in 12 points, Martin finished with 11 points and Matti Ventling scored 10 points.
The Trailblazers close the 2017-18 season with a 12-15 overall record, seven games better than the 2016-17 campaign, and an 8-12 mark in PacWest play.
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].