The Dakota State women’s basketball team returned home yesterday, hosting Saint Xavier. The Trojans used a 26-12 first quarter run to extend their winning streak to seven games (currently tied for seventh longest winning streak in the DSU women’s basketball school record book, third time in the last three season that DSU had produced winning streak – 23 straight wins in 2020-21 and 11 straight wins in 2021-22) after an 82-69 victory over the Cougars.
Both teams battled through two ties and two lead changes in the first five-and-half plus minutes of the game. Then, trailing 11-9, the Trojans roared with a 13-0 scoring outburst to grab a 22-11 lead.
The Trojans went into the half up 48-30, and maintained their double-digit lead throughout the second half, as they had their biggest lead of the game at 62-42 in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Saint Xavier could get no closer than 12 points as DSU went on to win 82-69.
Dakota State’s balanced scoring attack saw five different players hitting double-digits, paced by Lilli Mackley with 15 points off the bench. She was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line, tying for the second best single-game free-throw percentage based on free-throw attempts with Sara Nelson versus Mayville State (N.D.) on Feb. 15, 2007. Mackley also tied for 10th most single-game free-throw made in DSU women’s basketball record book.
Angela Slattery added a double-double of 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds off the bench for DSU. Elsie Aslesen, Olivia Ritter, and Caitlin Dyer each scored 10 points. Aslesen pulled down six rebounds and recorded two blocked shots.
Alyssa Crenshaw produced a double-double of 25 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds for Saint Xavier.
Dakota State earned their 33rd win in the last 36 home games at DSU Fieldhouse, winning their last five home contests. The Trojans raised their overall record to 7-3, while Saint Xavier fell to a 6-4 overall record.
The Trojans stay home Thursday evening as they welcome Minnesota-Morris. Tip-off from the DSU Fieldhouse is set for 6pm.