The women’s basketball team is on a roll! After a rough start to the season, things are finally falling into place and at the right time too. The Trojans have now won 8 games in a row after defeating the Mayville Comets this Saturday. That is the longest win streak since the 1999-2000 season. Dakota State is now 14-12 which ties the most wins since the 2015-16 season. With a conference record of 8-3 they are tied for second place in the North Star conference with Valley City State who they will take on next week.
Coming into the matchup, Mayville had won 11 games in a row and was 9-0 in conference play. They were also ranked 14th in the nation, but that meant little to the Trojan team. The Comets’ starting roster has four seniors—the Trojans’ has zero. It was clear who the underdogs were coming into the game, but the Trojans would come out victorious in the end with a final score of 84-66.
The Comets led early in the game, but it was all Trojans after that. The Comets continued to fight hard, but they could never overcome Dakota State who finally put together a whole 40 minutes of basketball. The Trojans even led by 24 points at one point in the fourth quarter.
Dakota State’s zone forced the Mayville Comets to settle with a lot of shots from the three-point line. However, they were only able to connect on 10 of 35 attempts (28.6 percent). This would not be enough to overcome Dakota State who went 11 for 21 (52.4 percent) from the three-point line. The Trojans were also able to create chaos with their defense and force the Comets to commit 18 turnovers compared to the Trojans’ 14.
The whole team worked hard to contribute to the Trojans’ willing score. The team was led by Olivia Breske who had a hot third quarter. She ended up with 21 points off the bench. Savannah Walsdorf added 19 and Jessi Giles added 18. Morgan Koepsell had 7 assists while Ashlyn Macdonald and Lexi Robson each had another 4 assists.
Dakota State returns home next weekend to face two more North Star Conference teams. They battle Dickinson State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Valley City State on Saturday at 3 p.m. Come out and support the Trojans as they hope to pick up another two wins. Good luck and go Trojans!