Trojans Season Comes to a Hault in the Quarterfinals of the National Tournament; Lose to No. 2 seed Carroll 71-56

The #9 ranked Dakota State Trojans (28-7 overall) had their season come to an end this Saturday in the Quarterfinals of the National Tournament as they fell to No. 2 seed Carroll, 71-56.

The Trojans finished their season with the second most wins in program history with 28. Behind only the 2022-2023 team who had 29. Seniors Miakken Vincent, Morgan Huber and Savannah Walsdorf leave as the winningest class in Trojan history. Along with four straight trips to the National Tournament.

DSU struggled in the game from start to finish to find the bottom of the bucket. Making no more than six field goals in any quarter and only converting seven in the entire second half. Finishing with just their fifth game scoring less than 60 points. Dakota State shot just 19-for-60 (31.7%) from the field and 5-for-26 (19.2%) from deep.

It was the opposite for the No. 6 ranked Carroll and it just so happened to be their night. They made every shot they needed and then some. Including ones they don’t typically make, they made them with ease. The Fighting Saints shot a 25-51 (49%) from the field and a hot 7-for-12 (58.3%) from beyond the arc.

They were spearheaded by the attack from Jamie Pickens who dropped a 24-point & 18-rebound double-double. She was in command offensively from the opening tip. Railing off the first six points for the Fighting Saints and finishing 9-for-16 (56.3%) from the field. Only one other Carroll player saw double figures and it was Maddie Geritz. She finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double as well.

Leading the Trojans in scoring was Angela Slattery with 16 points. Followed by Lilli Mackley with 14 and Cierra Watkins with 10 off the bench. DSU only saw six turnovers in the game, their second lowest total of the season, but couldn’t manage enough offense.


An exceptional season for the Trojans yet again. This program continues to show it is on the path to a National Championship. Many records, accomplishments and many more things to be proud of for this Trojan team. Rest assured, they’ll be back again next season. We’ll be alongside your Trojans again as well. You can catch next year’s action in the same place as always over on Jammin Country 103.