Dakota State women’s basketball dropped their schedule over the weekend. The three-peat North Star Athletic Association Champions are scheduled to take on seven teams that qualified for the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament last year.
The Trojans are led by head coach David Moe once again this season going into his seventh year at the helm. This past year the Trojans propelled themselves further than any team before them by reaching the national semifinals for the first time in school history.
DSU will begin their season on Nov. 1 on the road against a team in Dordt (Iowa) that reached the Round of 16 last year. They will host their first home game at the DSU Fieldhouse with a three-game homestand beginning Nov. 8 against Mount Marty (S.D.) followed by Kansas Wesleyan on Nov. 11 and concluding on Nov. 13 against Dakota Wesleyan (second round qualifier).
The team will also compete in the fourth annual Dakota Clash on Nov. 17-18 in Valley City, ND. Playing teams including the host site school Valley City State day one & Mayville State (N.D.) the second day.
The first ever Dakota State Classic will be hosted in the DSU Fieldhouse after Thanksgiving break. It will feature a game against the College of the Ozarks (Mo.) on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 against Haskell (Kan.). Dickinson State will also play in the tournament taking on Haskell and Ozarks as well.
The Trojans will begin the new year with their final non-conference matchup on Jan. 3, facing Briar Cliff (Iowa) who qualified for the Round of 16.
The Trojans will play 13 home games and 12 road games, with three neutral site games.
DSU will open conference play against the team they dropped the opener to last season, which gave the Trojans just their second loss in conference over the last three seasons. They’ll be on the road to take on Bellevue (Neb.).
All teams will play 12 total NSAA games and all teams in conference will compete in the NSAA postseason tournament with the top seed receiving a first round bye. The Opening Round will begin on Feb. 21 at the location of the higher seeded teams, with winners playing Feb. 25 in the semifinals. The Championship game is slated for March 3 at the highest remaining seed. Postseason Tournament winners receive an automatic bid to the 64-team Women’s NAIA National Tournament, which begins March 15-16.