SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University allowed only one point in the fourth quarter and defeated Texas A&M International 78-56 in a women’s basketball game played Saturday at the Young Center, in Spearfish.

“We just had some good perseverance; we had kids stepping up late,” said Yellow Jackets’ head coach Mark Nore, whose team led 57-55 going into that final frame. He added Racquel Wientjes and Morgan Ham picked up the scoring punch.

Wientjes connected twice from 3-point range as Black Hills State went ahead 6-0. She added a three-point play to extend the Yellow Jackets’ advantage to 14-2.

The Yellow Jackets led 19-5 when Summer Fox converted a layup chance. A&M International scored the next seven points and trailed by only 19-12.

Black Hills State led 27-17 after the first quarter. “We just hit shots, and we were able to move the ball around,” Nore said.  

Josselin Geer’s second-quarter layup capped a 12-0 run that put A&M International ahead 29-27.

Patrycja Jaworska’s layup gave the Dustdevils a 33-30 advantage. Black Hills State went on a 6-2 run, capped by Ashlee Beacom’s layup, and led 36-35 at halftime.

Geer connected from 3-point range in the third quarter to push A&M International’s lead to 46-41. 

Black Hills State trailed 52-46 when it engineered a 9-1 run. Wientjes made three 3-point field goals, with the final one putting the Yellow Jackets ahead 55-53. 

Ashley Davis scored with two seconds left in the third period to give Black Hills State a 57-55 edge.

Nore said A&M International’s pressure took the momentum from the Yellow Jackets during the middle two quarters.

Wientjes scored 10 points to open the fourth quarter and put the Yellow Jackets ahead 67-55. A Nicole Heyn field goal kept A&M International within 67-56.

Black Hills State responded by scoring the final 11 points. 

Wientjes netted a game-high 35 points for the Yellow Jackets. Her efforts featured eight 3-point field goals, which tied the team record in that category. Ham added 22 points.

Eva Langton tallied 14 points for A&M International, which also received 13 points from Julynne da Silva Sa.

“I thought they (Dustdevils) got tired a little bit, and their pressure wasn’t as much,” Nore said in describing the fourth quarter. A&M International missed its final 14 field goal attempts.

Black Hills State defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville by a 65-37 score Friday night. Nore said the Yellow Jackets displayed a toughness factor during the weekend, which Wientjes displayed.

“She struggled last night (four points on Friday), so she spent another two hours in the gym getting her shot down,” Nore said in describing Wientjes. 

Nore added that Abby Switzer played very well on defense during the weekend, and Ham also excelled.

Black Hills State: Racquel Wientjes 35, Morgan Ham 22, Abby Switzer 7, Ashlee Beacom 4, Noora Parttimaa 3, Ashley Davis 3, Summer Fox 2, Alyssia Martinez 2. Totals 30 field goals, five of seven from the free throw line, 78 points.

A&M Int’l: Eva Langton 14, Julynne da Silva Sa 13, Josselin Geer 8, Patrycja Jaworska 8, Christine Ortega 6, Nicole Heyn 6, Clara Fernandez 1. Totals 18 field goals, 15 of 19 from the free throw line, 56 points.

Field goal percentages: Black Hills State 54 (30-55), A&M Int’l 36 (18-49)

Three-point field goals: Black Hills State 13 (Wientjes 8, Ham 3, Switzer 1, Parttimaa 1), A&M Int’l 5 (Geer 2, Heyn 1, da Silva Sa 1, Langton 1)

Rebounds: Black Hills State 32 (Davis 9), A&M Int’l 20 (da Silva Sa 6)

Turnovers: Black Hills State 25, A&M Int’l 22

Total fouls: Black Hills State 18, A&M Int’l 13

Black Hills State extended a 31-27 halftime lead against Texas A&M Kingsville. Martinez scored 12 points to pace three Yellow Jackets in double figures.

The Yellow Jackets will host Montana State-Billings in a nonconference game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Nore said the team wants to play with poise and handle things better than it did this weekend. He added turnover numbers were too high, and execution could improve.

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