Katie Strandholm led 12 South Dakota School of Mines players in the scoring column as the Lady Hardrockers rolled to a 73-58 win over Viterbo University on the opening day of the US Bank Thanksgiving Classic at Goodell Gymnasium.
Strandholm led Mines (3-2 overall) with 17 points and seven rebounds. While no other Hardrocker managed to reach double figures, plenty of them managed to score. Alexis Long, Hillary Hawkins and Jessica Shull each added nine points and Briana Huggins chipped in with eight. The game was the first for Mines since coming from behind to knock off archrival Black Hills State on the road on Tuesday.
“It was a team effort up and down the line,” Mines head coach Barb Felderman said. “We were able to establish a solid lead thanks to our aggressive play on defense and we knocked down a lot of shots from the perimeter.”
The Hardrockers took control of the game in the first half thanks to 53 percent (17-of-32) shooting while holding Viterbo, located in LaCross, Wis., to 31 percent (8-of-26). Mines held a 42-24 lead at the half before cooling off significantly over the final 20 minutes. Mines shot just 8-for-28 in the second half.
Laquita Becker and Dani Templin each scored 10 points to lead the V-Hawks.
South Dakota Mines will host Dakota Wesleyan today at 5 p.m. before taking on the University of Great Falls on Sunday to conclude the Thanksgiving Classic.