WILLISTON, N.D. — Late in the third period Saturday in a game at Williston State, Sheridan College women’s basketball head coach Ryan Davis had to tell his bench to applaud the team’s effort. It wasn’t that the Lady Generals hadn’t shown appreciation throughout the game, but for whatever reason they did not show approval for the defense forcing a shot clock violation.
The SC bench had plenty of opportunities to make up for it Saturday in the Lady Generals’ 83-55 victory that improved the team to a 9-3 record on the season.
The contest Saturday marked the third game against the Lady Tetons in a three-week stretch and the second in a 24-hour span. Even though both final scores stood quite lopsided — SC dominated Williston State 81-63 Friday night — playing the same team twice in such a short amount of time included its fair share of challenges.
“We won by a lot last time, so it’s hard to generate that energy and get after it the same way we did the night before,” Sheridan’s Kassie Hoyer said.
“It’s always tougher the more times you play a team. Just playing a team back-to-back, it’s mentally tough.”
SC held Williston State to 29.3 percent shooting from the floor and won the battle on the glass 46-18.
“I think this might have been our best defensive effort of the year,” Davis said. “They only had 18 total rebounds for the game, so it was a really solid effort. We held them to 29 percent from the field. I don’t know if we’ve done a better job all year.”
Davis said his offense is in a pretty nice rhythm at the moment and the numbers show just that. The Lady Generals hit 57.4 percent of their shots, which included a 53.8 percent clip from behind the 3-point line.
“I felt like we shared the ball and were aggressive, offensively,” Davis said. “I think we are in a pretty good groove offensively right now.”
Four players scored in double figures for SC. Marta Colas came off the bench to lead the way with 16 points. Lani Taliauli recorded 12 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Hoyer and Noora Parttimaa chipped in 11 points apiece.
Parttimaa tallied five straight points, which gave the Lady Generals their first double digit lead at 17-7 with 5:24 to play in the opening quarter. Four different players scored in the final four minutes — Colas capping the period with a trey — as SC led 25-17.
The Lady Generals suffocated the Lady Tetons during the second stanza. Williston State only managed five points and one made field goal, and SC built a 43-22 at halftime.
Sheridan closed the third frame on an 8-2 run to lead 57-34 ahead of the fourth quarter before blowing the game wide open in the final 10 minutes.
The Lady Generals return home and host the Wyoming All-Stars Friday at 7 p.m. SC then plays host to Western Nebraska Community College Saturday at 7 p.m. The Lady Cougars received votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association top 25.
Sheridan College…25 18 14 26 — 83
Williston State…….17 5 12 21 — 55
Sheridan College — Colas 16; Taliauli 12; Parttimaa 11; Hoyer 11; Betham 7; Green 7; Walker 6; Oca 4; Fifita 4; Haxby 3; McDermott 2
Williston State — Gould 17; Sheridan 9; Kulczyk 7; Stewart 6; Kappel 4; Capasso 4; Dias Dos Santos 2; Provost 2; Kirkaldie 2; Deubner 1; Popp 1
Sheridan College 46 (Parttimaa 7); Williston State 18 (Popp 3; Kulczyk 3)
Sheridan College 19 (Parttimaa 3; Taliauli 3); Williston State 9 (Sheridan 2; Kulczyk 2; Gould 2; Popp 2)