Trojans Dominate in NSAA Quarterfinal Round; Advance to Face No. 6 Dickinson State in Semifinals on Feb. 25

The #10 ranked Trojan Women’s Basketball team took care of business in the Quarterfinals of the North Star Athletic Association Postseason Tournament defeating Waldorf 99-43.

It was all Trojans all night long and never a true contest. These Trojans came to handle business and continue to take steps each game to improve at what they do. They had suffocating defense all night long. Forcing the Warriors into 19 turnovers off 17 Trojan steals.

Waldorf couldn’t buy a basket and had only three made field goals in the first half. Going 3-for-29 (10.3%) and 0-11 from deep. Brooke Dial led in scoring for the Warriors with 19 points in the game and had to work for all 19 of those points. The Warriors finished the game shooting just 23.7% from the field and 15% from beyond the arc. The Trojans shot 46.2% from the field and 40% from deep.

The Trojans came away with season-highs in all rebound categories – offensive (16), defensive (36) and total rebounds (52). A dominant effort on the glass in this big win. DSU had 14 of its 15 players who saw the floor, grab at least one rebound. As well as, 11 of their 15 players who saw action got at least one steal.

Savannah Walsdorf led all scorers with 20 points. This marks the third straight game for Walsdorf with 20 or more points, the first time it has happened all season. She snatched a game-high five steals and it marks the ninth game of the season with five or more steals. Tabor Teel had her 12th game with three or more blocks this season off the bench for DSU.

Walsdorf also moved up the single season steals ranks tying Courtney Menning (2022-23) for fourth with 93 steals. Walsdorf needs just 17 more steals to claim the top spot in single season steals over Michelle Butash (1996-97) who had 109. Additionally, she is only four free throws made away from second place in career free throws made. She would pass Sheila Haack (1995-00) who had 316 and needs 11 more after that eclipse Jessi Giles (2018-22) who had 327.

Three other Trojans hit double digits in the games. Lilli Mackley finished with 14 points, Bria Wasmund and Macey Wathen both had a career-high 11 points. Miakken Vincent had a season-high two blocks. DSU finished with 20 or more assists for the second time in the last three games.

Next Game

Next up the Trojans will play this Sunday in the DSU Fieldhouse again as they will host the No. 6 seed Dickinson State Blue Hawks in the NSAA Semifinals. They’ll meet for the third straight year in the semifinals as the Trojans look to punch their ticket to the NSAA Championship game once again.

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