DICKINSON, N.D. – The Blue Hawk women's basketball team took on the Waldorf Warriors (Iowa) in their second North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) game of the weekend. The Blue Hawks lost to NSAA opponent Valley City State University the night before. As for the Warriors, the trip to Dickinson is their first conference game of the season.
The Blue Hawks began the afternoon game controlling on both ends of the floor. The Blue Hawk attack was led by Riley Helmick, who knocked down two early three-point shots. Defensively, the Blue Hawk defenders took three charges from the Warriors. The Warriors offensive attack was held in-check, but a three from Taylor Fricke closed the gap to 11-7 for the Blue Hawks heading into the quarter break.
In the second, the size of Warrior Ameh Ogbemudia proved to be too much for the Blue Hawks. Ogbemudia accounted for 9 of Waldorf's points in the quarter. The Blue Hawks were able to create more offense of their own to keep up with the Warriors. But, they missed several opportunities shooting 30% from the field and missing 5 free throws. Despite the shooting struggles, the Blue Hawks went into the locker room at half down only 30-27.
In the second half, Ogbemudia and Fricke's attack continued to give the Blue Hawks difficulties. The duo combined for 38 points. The Blue Hawks were able to stay within reach of the Warriors, but in the final minutes Waldorf pulled away. The Warriors finished with a 68-59 victory over the Blue Hawks.
Fricke led all scorer with 23, Ogbemudia had 15. The two warriors also had double-doubles, Fricke with 15 rebounds, Ogbemudia with 13. The Blue Hawks had 3 players get into double digits, Tarissa Phipss and Karen Hopkins had 10 while Jennifer Burnham had 11.
The Warriors grabbed 18 more rebounds than the Blue Hawks. The Blue Hawks only shot 34% from the field, while the Warriors tallied for 44%.
A Look Ahead: The Blue Hawk basketball teams next action will be next weekend at Scott Gymnasium. They will have another pair of conference games, Friday against Viterbo and Saturday against Mayville State.