THIS WEEK: Dakota State (5-10 overall) returns on the road on Wednesday night. The Trojans travel to Sioux Center, Iowa to take on Dordt (6-11). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the DeWitt Gymnasium. DSU returns home on Saturday afternoon as they welcome their former Dakota Athletic Conference foe Jamestown (17-3, No. 13 in the latest NAIA Division II Women's Basketball national poll). Both teams will meet for the second meeting of the season. The starting game time is set for 4 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse.
LAST MEETING: Dordt won the last meeting from Dakota State 63-61 on Nov. 9, 2010 at DSU Fieldhouse in Madison, S.D. As the game was tied at 33-33 by halftime, the Trojans went on to lead at 43-38 with less than 15 minutes left in the game. The Lady Defenders used a 19-3 scoring run to open up a 57-46 lead with 5:17 remaining. The Trojans rallied back with a 13-2 run to tie the game at 59-59. Dordt secured the victory with a 4-2 run as DSU's last second shot bounced off the rim. The Lady Defenders won the last three meetings with the Trojans. DSU defeated Dordt 63-47 in Trojans' last win versus the Lady Defenders at the DeWitt Gymnasium on Nov. 15, 2007. Jamestown held the Trojans to 26 percent shooting from the field as the Jimmies defeat DSU 66-43 on Jan. 3 in Jamestown, N.D. The Trojans held JC to 19 points below their scoring average (85 points per game), which ranks second in the nation. The Jimmies outrebounded DSU 54-34 in the game. JC won the last seven meetings from the Trojans. The last time Dakota State defeated the Jimmies was on Jan. 10, 2009 when the Trojans upset then-No. 4 Jamestown 70-68.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State played four games in six days last week. The Trojans suffered a 66-43 loss then-No. 15 Jamestown on Jan. 3. DSU played an exhibition game with North Dakota State on Jan. 4 in Fargo, N.D. The Bison defeated Dakota State 92-48. On Jan. 7, the Trojans built an eighteen point lead in the second-half, but dropped an 88-84 overtime loss to Midland in Fremont, Neb. DSU wasn't able to bounce back in the winning column at home on Jan. 8 as they lost a 68-52 decision to Valley City State. Dordt is currently on a three-game losing streak. They lost to Briar Cliff (95-74) on Jan. 2, then-No. 8 Hastings (75-48) and then-No. 7 Concordia (Neb.) (65-54) on Jan. 7. Jamestown went 3-0 for the week last week, defeating DSU 66-43 on Jan. 3, South Dakota Mines 56-51 on Jan. 6 and Oglala Lakota College 115-28 on Jan. 7.
COACHING MILESTONE: DSU women's basketball head coach Joe Reints is seeking his 100th career collegiate win. He is currently one win away to accomplish his milestone.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Jan. 9, Dakota State ranks 27th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense (27.8 percent). The Trojans are 30th in the nation in defensive rebounds per game (27.7), 30th in total rebounds margin (+3.3) and 38th in total rebounds per game (41.1).
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Kylie Westover leads the Trojans in scoring with an average of 11.5 points per game. She leads the team with four blocked shots (0.3 blocks per game). Jayda Swenson records 101 rebounds (6.7 average) this season. Courtney Hamblin averages 2.5 assists per game (37 total). Julie Munson leads the team in steals with 22 (1.8 per game).
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State women's basketball and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/DaSUAthletics.
LIVE STATS: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats are available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events'.
WATCH IT: Fans can follow DSU-Dordt on http://www.dordt.edu/cgi-bin/events/calendar/webcast.pl?id=6008. Fans can watch live video and audio of JC-DSU game free of charge on Saturday. Jim Hockett, Voice of the Trojans, will handle the play-by-play. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: www.streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live.
UP NEXT: Dakota State visits their in-state rival University of Sioux Falls on Jan. 17 at the Stewart Center. It will broadcast live on Midco Sports Network at 6 p.m. The Trojans return home on Jan. 20-21 against Black Hills State and South Dakota Mines at DSU Fieldhouse.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director