The #9 ranked Trojan Women’s Basketball team came away with another weekend sweep of games on the road in conference play, defeating Viterbo 77-57 and Waldorf 85-53.
Dakota State improves to 20-4 overall and 8-0 in North Star Athletic Association play. DSU has garnished its fourth straight 20-win season. Including sweeping the season series between the two teams. Also extending their win streak to 12 games, which ranks third in program history.
This was the last meeting between the Trojans and these two teams in the NSAA. Dakota State dominated both all-time series matchups, 16-2 all-time vs Viterbo and 18-2 against Waldorf.
In the matchup with Viterbo, similar to the last meeting, the V-Hawks stayed within reach early. They shot at least 50% from the field and from deep in the first half. Though the Trojans forced them into 14 first half turnovers and kept them at bay. DSU really pulled away in the second half. Viterbo was forced into 24 turnovers in the game.
Nicole Johnson led the V-Hawks with 11 points, all coming in the first half. She also tied for her team lead in rebounds (4) with Marley Hughes. Behind her were three different Viterbo players with eight points. Those being Emma Wagner, Gina Stefferud and Madison Hugdahl. Emily McCurdy was held to just six points.
DSU had 32 points off turnovers in the game, with 22 points off coming in the first half. The Trojans won the points off turnovers battle 32-2. They also finished the game with 17 steals. This was the third time in four games they’ve had 15 or more steals.
Savannah Walsdorf led all scorers with 22 points and also had a game-high four steals. Tabor Teel also scored in double digits for the Trojans and finished with 14 points off the bench.
On Saturday, the Trojans took care of business again and in more convincing fashion. It was a lopsided affair in both the final score and in the rebounding department. The Trojans dominated the glass 40-23 over Waldorf.
No starter scored in double figures for the Warriors in the game. The leading scorer was Brooke Dial with 19 points off the bench. She also led her team in rebounds with seven.
The Trojans turned up the defense after the halftime break in this game. Leading it 43-26 at half, things ballooned for DSU in the third when they shot 59.1% in the third from the field and 71.4% from deep. All while holding the Warriors to just 29.4% shooting from the field in the third and 20% from beyond the arc.
Walsdorf led the Trojans in scoring with another 20 points in this game. Marking the first time this season Walsdorf has had back-to-back 20-point games. She also led the team in assists (4) and steals (6) which tied a season-high. Following her in scoring as the only other Trojan in double figures was Lilli Mackley who finished with 15 points and went 6-10 (60%) from the field.
Miakken Vincent and Bria Wasmund both tied their season-high of nine points in this game. Wasmund also tied her career-high of three made threes in a game.
Next the Trojans will host the Bellevue Bruins in the DSU Fieldhouse on Wednesday and look to sweep that season series as well.