The Dakota State Women’s Basketball team continued their dominance in the two-day Dakota Clash tournament, with the third year being held at Strode Center on the campus of Presentation in the battle of NSAA teams with South Dakota facing North Dakota teams.
The DSU held the Valley City State Vikings scoreless in the first four-and-half minutes and never trailed in the forty minutes ball game, rolling to a 70-49 non-conference victory.
Five different players – Savannah Walsdorf, Morgan Huber, Lilli Mackley, and Sidney Fick – scored in the first three minutes of the game, rolling to a 10-0 lead, and leading at the end of the first quarter 16-9.
The Trojans then kicked off the second quarter going on an 8-2 run, and wound up holding a double-digit lead for the rest of the first half. DSU led 35-22 at halftime.
The Trojans maintained control for the rest of the game, leading as many as 17 points in the third quarter. DSU posted the biggest lead of the game with 2:15 remaining in the game as Caitlin Dyer drained a 3-pointer for a 70-46 lead, before finally winning 70-49.
Walsdorf led DSU with 14 points on her 6-of-8 field goals. She also had four rebounds. Dyer added 13 points, two assists, and two steals off the bench. Huber tallied 11 points (4-of-8 field goals).
Elsie Aslesen had eight points and pulled down seven rebounds for Dakota State. Slattery had seven points and five rebounds. Aslesen and Slattery each registered two blocked shots.
Dakota State shot 40.4 percent overall from the field (23-of-57 field goals) and held Valley City State to 36.5 percent (19-of-52 field goals). DSU was 5-of-28 3-pointers, while VCSU was 3-of-13 3-pointers.
The Trojans extended their winning streak to five games, raising their overall record to 5-3 and remained undefeated in the annual Dakota Clash tournament since its inception in 2020 (5-0 record). Valley City State fell to 4-2 overall record.
DSU wraps up their three-game week slate this afternoon as they close out the preseason tournament’s schedule versus Mayville State. Tip-off is set for 2pm at Strode Center.