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Bus problems caused Dawson Community College to roll into Bismarck late for Monday night's Mon-Dak game at the Armory.

Once in town, BSC's trapping and harassing defense made life even more miserable for the Buccaneers.

The Mystics forced Dawson into a whopping 41 turnovers en route to a 96-67 blowout victory. BSC improved to 17-4 on the season and 6-2 in league games.

"Winning's a lot more fun than losing, so we just try to win them all," said Trae Murray, one of 11 scorers in the game for the Mystics. "We're having a lot of fun. Nobody cares you scores or who gets the credit. It's just a fun group of girls to play with and we're having a blast."

Murray was one of seven Mystics with six points or more as head coach Marv Pedersen subbed early and often in the second half with the outcome long since decided.

Leading 25-18 after a haggard first quarter -- Dawson was called for 14 fouls in the opening period -- the Mystics scored 14 of the first 16 points of the second quarter to take firm command.

"It's fun to be able to get everybody in the game and most of the girls scored tonight," Pedersen said. "We have 14 but it's tough, obviously, to play that many in a game."

Amber Stevahn continued her stellar freshman season. The Shiloh Christian grad came into the game leading NJCAA Division I in scoring at 23.7 per contest. She beat that with a game-high 28 points despite playing just barely half the game.

"Amber's a horse and she's good about kicking it out when they collapse on her and we were able to hit some shots tonight which is always good to see," Pedersen said.

The Mystics were finding the open girl all game long, passing out 29 assists total. Lauren Koski dropped six dimes. Stevahn had four.

Mandan's Courtney Olson (14) and Keisha Bailey (11) of Fort Yates also were in double figures.

Murray, one of 12 North Dakota players on the roster, said it didn't take long to develop chemistry on the squad.

"When Sydney (Andersen) and I came for a visit, Marv told us who he had signed and who he was recruiting and we were like, "We know, her, her, her, her and her,'" said Murray, a Killdeer product. "We knew pretty much everybody and had played against pretty much everybody. We all just hit it off right off the bat and it's carried over all the way until now."

Dawson struggled with the Mystics' pressure and they also fouled a lot, 30 times in fact. BSC took 37 free throw and made 25.

"The big thing tonight was energy, to come and play really hard and I thought the girls did that," Pedersen said. "We've had some games where we get a nice lead, but then we kind of let our foot off the gas, but tonight I thought we stayed pretty focused all the way through."

Next up is a trip Thursday to Williston State against the struggling Tetons. Murray said there's still work to be done.

"Turnovers definitely are something we want to kind of reign in and improve on," Murray said. "We know we need to work on that, but we're pretty confident overall. We know we can still get better and that's pretty exciting considering how the season's gone so far."

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