WBB: DSU heads to NAIA elite eight

SIOUX CITY, I.A. (DSUAthletics.com) – No. 9 seed Dakota State (S.D.) and No. 8 seed Sterling (Kan.) battled in NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament Round of 16 with a combined of 52-game winning streak Thursday at Tyson Events Center. The Trojans roared to a 28-15 lead after the first quarter and never trailed in the game, rolling to a 91-77 victory.

Dakota State, who extended its school record of 27 wins (27-3 overall record), snapped the longest winning streak of 30-games by Sterling. The Trojans extended its historic winning streak to 23 games and moved on to the national quarterfinals for the first time since 2006.

This year is the first year back to one NAIA Basketball division, where the Trojans are currently 8-6 record all-time in national tournament (6-6 record in Division II, 2-0 record in Division I).

Sterling, a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, finished its season with an overall record of 30-1. The Warriors were ranked No. 9 in the final NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 national poll.

Both teams met at DSU Fieldhouse last season, with the Trojans winning by the score of 80-69.

Morgan Koepsell produced a double-double for DSU of 27 points and pulled down 10 rebounds (game-highs) off the bench for the Trojans. She was 10-of 14 from the field and converted 6-of-10 free-throws. Jessi Giles added 17 points (7-of-12 field goals) and collected four rebounds.

Dakota State (ranked No. 14 in the final national poll last month) is scheduled to face the top-ranked team Thomas More (Ky.) Saturday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Tyson Events Center.