The #13 Trojan Women’s Basketball team (15-4 overall, 3-0 NSAA) dominated the weekend, taking down the Vikings 104-67 and the Blue Hawks 96-55.
The Trojans eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time this season and first time since Feb. 21, 2023 vs Presentation last season. They also extended their win streak to seven games.
DSU was in control from start to finish in both outings. It’s the first time the Trojans have scored 200 or more points in a two-game span since Jan. 29 against Waldorf and Feb. 4 against Presentation in the 2021-2022 season when they had 201 total.
This win over VCSU ties the all-time series at 13 apiece. Not only does it tie the series at 13 all, it marks a now 12-game win streak against Valley City State.
Dakota State came out as the aggressors from the opening tip. Extremely aggressive to start and it set the tone for the game. The Trojans forced the Vikings to commit 22 turnovers in the game, with 18 of those being steals. Three different Trojans had three or more steals.
The Vikings offense was lackluster and ran through just a couple of players. Those being Ashlyn Dimert and Adriana Torres. Dimert led with 20 points and Torres finished with 19. Both players had to really work to get those points. Dakota State shot a season-high 55.6% from the field and season-high 46.4% from deep.
DSU was led in scoring by Savannah Walsdorf who had what seemed like a quiet 24 points, with 15 coming in the second half. Angela Slattery and Lilli Mackley followed Walsdorf in scoring with 14 points each. Bria Wasmund posted a season-high five assists off the bench.
Against the Blue Hawks, it was more of the same. As if it wasn’t enough to win by 37 against VCSU, the Trojans decided to do one better and win by 41 against the Blue Hawks.
They limited Dickinson State to just one made three on ten attempts. The win over the Blue Hawks makes it 16 in a row against DiSU. Forcing them into 18 turnovers, 10 coming off steals from the Trojans.
The Blue Hawks had a trio of players in double figures in the game. Led by Kayden Steele with 12 points, Katherine Fox with 11 and Samantha Oase added 10. They shot well as a team at 46.4% from the field and only got two less shot attempts compared to the Trojans. The difference is Dakota State shot even better from the field and made 15 more threes.
Those 16 made three from the Trojans is their third most this season and fourth time making 16 or more. All resulting in wins. With the Trojans having a weekend full of season-highs, they’re really beginning to click and find that rhythm they need to make another run in the NAIA tournament and capture back-to-back North Star Athletic Association Postseason Tournament Championships.
A pair of Trojans led the way in this matchup. Those being Walsdorf and Slattery, both with 19 points. Followed by Cierra Watkins with 12 points off the bench. Wasmund once again notched her a new season-high in assists, getting six off the bench on Saturday against DiSU. The young freshman out of Sibley, Iowa is continuing to get more and more comfortable in the college game. It will do wonders for this team going forward as she continues to get her teammates involved. Head coach David Moe in the Mustang Seeds postgame show stated how Wasmund is a “true point guard” an emphasized her importance on this team.
Next, the Trojans have to prepare for a three-game home stand beginning this weekend against Viterbo and Waldorf in the DSU Fieldhouse.