Trojans Extend Win Streak to Six After Dominant Performances
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The Dakota State Women’s basketball team stayed on the road this past weekend, where they continued to dominate their North Star opponents, getting wins at Viterbo and Waldorf to improve to 6-1 in North Star play.

In their first game of the weekend at Viterbo, DSU got out to the early lead thanks in part to two early three-pointers from Morgan Huber, and never let go of it, scoring the first twelve points of the game before Viterbo got on the board. 

The Trojans led 45-24 at halftime, and then came out of the break going on another twelve point run to extend their lead to 57-24. DSU scored twenty or more points in every quarter, and led by as much as 39 points in the fourth quarter on their way to beating Viterbo 86-57.

Four players had double-digit points, with Elsie Aslesen leading the game with 15 points and also grabbing four rebounds. Lilli Mackley had 13 points, going 2-3 from three-point range. Huber and Savannah Walsdorf both finished with 10 points each, with Walsdorf also getting seven rebounds and four assists. 

Dakota State’s game against Waldorf was similar to theirs against Viterbo, as they once again got out to an early lead that they maintained for the rest of the game. 

The first 13 points for the Trojans came from their bench, with Olivia Ritter and Angela Slattery both knocking down three’s. The Trojans went on a 22 point scoring outburst in the first quarter, with Waldorf not getting a score until the final two minutes of the quarter. 

DSU led 29-4 after one, as Slattery went 3-3 from three-point range in the quarter, finishing the game with nine points.

Waldorf was able to outscore DSU 16-15 in the second quarter to try to cut into the Trojan’s lead heading into halftime, but DSU still had the big advantage, leading 44-20 at the half. Trojans had 23 total bench points in the first half.

DSU continued to dominate the Waldorf in the second half, scoring 44 more points to beat the Warriors 88-51. For a second straight night, the Trojans had as much as a 39 point lead in the fourth quarter. 

DSU had five more players getting to double-double digits, with Aslesen once again leading the Trojans in scoring, getting 16 points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Sidney Fick led in bench points for the Trojans with 13 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. 

Courtney Menning had 12 points for the Trojans to go with her five rebounds and three steals. Mackley once again had double-digits, with 11 points and four rebounds. Olivia Ritter added ten points and three steals for DSU. 

The Trojans have now scored 80 or more points five times since the start of the new calendar year as they improved to an overall record of 16-5, and 6-1 in NSAA play. 

DSU will see these two teams again this weekend as they begin the second half of their North Star schedule on Friday when they host Waldorf at 5:30pm. Trojans games this weekend can be heard on FM 103.1 or online at AmazingMadison.com.