ORANGE CITY, Iowa - The Dakota State University women's basketball team played their first road game on Saturday afternoon at Bultman Center. The Trojans faced Northwestern (Iowa), the defending NAIA Women's Basketball Division II champions. The Red Raiders had five players scored in double digits to defeat the Trojans 113-53
Dakota State dropped their overall record to 1-2. Northwestern, No. 1 in the NAIA Women's Basketball Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll, won their fourth straight game to open the season.
The Trojans had their only lead of the game with 19:39 left in the first-half. Kylie Westover made a 3-pointer to give DSU a 3-0 lead. Northwestern went on a 26-3 run to grab a 26-6 lead with 12:36 left before intermission.
The Red Raiders raced to a 54-20 halftime lead.
Northwestern never looked back as the Red Raiders outscored the Trojans 59-33 in the second-half.
Westover led the Trojans with 18 points. She shot 7-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-5 from the 3-point line. Westover grabbed five rebounds. Chelsey Schake added seven points off the bench. Courtney Hamblin had seven rebounds. LaTasha Dowell dished out four assists.
Kendra De Jong scored 24 points for Northwestern. She grabbed eight rebounds. Becca Hurley added 21 points and dished out nine assists. Val Kleinjan had 18 points. Samantha Kleinsasser had 13 points and Allison Hurlst added 11 points.
Northwestern shot 59.7 percent from the field (43-for-72) compared to the Trojans' 30.5 percent (18-for-59) in the game. The Red Raiders was 20-for-23 (87 percent) at the free-throw line compared to DSU 10-for-22 (45.5 percent).
The Red Raiders won the rebounding battle by the margin of 45-28.
DSU suffered 25 turnovers in the game. Northwestern committed 15 turnovers.
The Red Raiders outscored the Trojans 58-8 in the paint.
Dakota State will continue their action on the road next week. The Trojans travel to NCAA Division III University of Minnesota-Morris in Morris, Minn. on Thursday night at 7 p.m. On Friday, DSU will face Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, N.D. at 6 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director