Dakota State held Minnesota-Morris to four first quarter points, cruising to their eighth straight victory with a 78-39 women’s basketball non-conference victory last night at the DSU Fieldhouse. It was DSU’s 34th victory in the last 37 home games.
After missing their first nine shots of the game, DSU went on a run where they made 9 of 12 shots to end the first quarter, getting out to a 22-4 lead. The Trojans continued to dominate in the second quarter, especially after scoring 15 straight points, helping them to take a 51-17 lead into the half.
Dakota State would maintain a double-digit lead throughout the rest of the game, with their biggest lead of the game coming at 65-23 with five minutes left in the third.
Their strong performance helped them defeat Minnesota-Morris by a final score of 78-39.
DSU’s balanced scoring attack saw 10 different players score in the game, led by Savannah Walsdorf and Elsie Aslesen with 13 points each. Walsdorf tallied five rebounds and stole the ball four times, while Aslesen had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Sidney Fick scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Trojans. Morgan Huber had nine points off the bench.
Malory Anderson led the Cougars with nine points and six rebounds
Dakota State shot 41 percent from the field (32-of-78 field goals) compared to Minnesota-Morris 36 percent (18-of-50 field goals). The Trojans hit 6-of-31 3-point field goals and held the Cougars to 1-of-9 from the 3-point arc. DSU outscored Minnesota-Morris 18-0 in fast-break points, 34-6 in points off turnovers, and 52-22 inside the paint.
Dakota State, who returned to the receiving votes section in the latest NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 national poll, lifted their overall record to 8-3.
Dakota State opens their 14-game NSAA women’s basketball schedule tomorrow afternoon when they travel to take on Bellevue. Tip off will be at 3pm, and the game can be heard tomorrow on FM 103.1 or online at AmazingMadison.com.