The Dakota State Women’s basketball team kept their home winning streak alive after beating Dakota Wesleyan in the first ever “Battle of the Blues” in the DSU Fieldhouse, 93-75.
This marks the 18th straight home win for DSU dating back to last season. It is the first win for the Trojans since Nov. 2, 2010 and prior to the arrival of head coach David Moe. Moe garnished his 120th win at Dakota State with the victory over Dakota Wesleyan.
The Trojans began this game cooking with gas. Starting off with a quick 7-0 to begin the game. Savannah Walsdorf led the Trojans in scoring with a game-high 22 points. Walsdorf had season-highs in multiple categories, including field goals made (7), blocks (1), rebounds (8) and steals (6). Her big night set the tone for the Trojans and they never trailed at any point in the game.
Both Walsdorf and Caitlin Dyer shot 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. All other Trojans were just 5-for-20 on their attempts. DSU came into the game shooting under 40% from the field and barely above 30% from deep through five games. In this game, they shot 47% from the field and 43% from three.
Leading the Tigers was sophomore guard Grace Fryda with 19 points and freshman forward Emma Yost followed with 18 of her own. Fryda was in foul trouble in the second half for the Tigers. She began the second half with three of their first four team fouls in the second half. Which slowed the hot shooting display she was putting on in the game, but she didn’t miss a shot in the second half.
Credit to the Trojans for keeping a key player in foul trouble. As she was only able to get off four shot attempts in the second half, yet connected on all four attempts.
DSU dominated in fast break points, 16-4. As well as doubling up the Tigers in second chance points, 18-9. The Trojans also came away with 29 points off turnovers, compared to just 16 by Dakota Wesleyan.
The Trojans will return to the court this weekend when they hit the road to take on some North Star Athletic Association opponents in non-conference action. Matching up with Valley City State on Friday and Mayville State on Saturday in the Dakota Clash. Hosted by the Vikings. DSU will play those games and return to the DSU Fieldhouse Dec. 1 & 2 to host their first ever Dakota State Classic against the College of the Ozarks and Haskell.