SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University defeated Montana State University-Billings (MSU-Billings) 60-42 in a nonconference women’s basketball game played Wednesday evening at the Young Center, in Spearfish.

“We had a great job with the bench coming in and getting us going,” said Black Hills State head coach Mark Nore 

Nore added the team came out flat. 

Hannah Collins connected on a short shot as MSU-Billings stormed out to a 9-2 lead. 

Noora Parttimaa made a 3-point field goal to bring Black Hills State within 9-5. Racquel Wientjes completed a three-point play, and another Parttimaa 3-point field goal pushed the home standings Yellow Jackets ahead 11-9.

Alyssia Martinez, Abby Switzer, and Ashley Davis added field goals to put Black Hills State ahead 17-9 at the first-quarter break.

MSU-Billings scored six of the first eight points in the second quarter. Collins’ layup brought the visitors within 19-15.

Black Hills State’s lead stayed at four points (21-17). Raven Cournoyer scored two field goals in a 29-second span to put the Yellow Jackets ahead 25-17.

Cody Robinson and Martinez combined for seven points as Black Hills State opened a 32-17 advantage. The Yellow Jackets went on to lead 37-22 at halftime.

Black Hills State opened a 41-22 lead early in the third period on Wientjes’ field goal. She converted a short jump shot as the advantage reached 20 points, at 45-25.

MSU-Billings tallied six of the next eight points but trailed 49-31 going into the final quarter. The visitors closed the margin to 54-42 before Black Hills State netted six free throws to secure the victory.

Martinez netted 12 points for Black Hills State (3-0), which also received 11 points from Wientjes.

MSU-Billings (0-4) received a team-high eight points from Taryn Shelley.

“We got a little stagnant offensively and never really could get into any kind of rhythm,” Nore said. 

Nore praised Switzer for her efforts on defense and said she guarded the ball very well. He added that Morgan Ham and Martinez also played good games.

Statistical leaders follow.

Black Hills State scoring: Alyssia Martinez 12, Racquel Wientjes 11, Morgan Ham 9, Abby Switzer 6, Ashley Davis 6, Noora Parttimaa 6, Raven Cournoyer 4, Cody Robinson 4, Katie Messler 2. Totals 20 field goals, 18 of 21 from the free throw line, 60 points.

MSU-Billings scoring: Taryn Shelley 8,Emily St. John 7, Hannah Collins 6, Kate Sams 6, Shayla Montague 5, Taylor Cunningham 3, Jessica Harvey 3, Danielle Zahn 2, Shannon Reny 2. Totals 12 field goals, 17 of 27 from the free throw line, 42 points.

Field goal percentages: Black Hills State 34 (20-58), MSU-Billings 30 (12-40)

Three-point field goals: Black Hills State 2 (Parttimaa 2), MSU-Billings 1 (Montague 1)

Rebounds: Black Hills State 43 (Messler 8), MSU-Billings 31 (Montague 10)

Turnovers: Black Hills State: 21, MSU-Billings 26

Total fouls: Black Hills State 25, MSU-Billings 26

The Yellow Jackets return to action this Friday when they play at Northern State in Aberdeen.

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