VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City State University jumped out to a 60-27 lead at halftime before handing the Waldorf University women's basketball team a 99-51 wire-to-wire loss during Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) matchup.
The Vikings (17-7, 8-3), who are receiving votes in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II poll, turned in a 66.7-percent shooting clip during the first half, going 22-of-33 from the field. Valley City State entered Saturday ranked No. 6 in the nation for scoring defense, only surrendering 56.3 points per game.
Sophomore Taylor Fricke paced the Warriors (2-21, 0-11) with 14 points. Junior Georgina Wirth contributed nine points. Freshman Morgan Straight, sophomore Meriel Leavy, juniors April Jones and Peyton Russell scored six points apiece. Redshirt freshman Angie Gore and freshman Nichole Oberthien rounded out Waldorf's scoring with two points each.
Straight collected four steals for the Warriors. Gore and Jones pulled down team-highs of four rebounds apiece.
Georgia Williams led Valley City State with 26 points. Williams recorded three steals, connected on 10-of-13 (76.9 percent) shots from the floor and 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) attempts from 3-point range.
Lexi Lennon notched 22 points and five assists. Kennedy Henningsgard provided 15 points and three steals. Alli Vandal added 14 points. Hannah Schlecht tallied 10 rebounds while Nisja Bass dished out five assists. Kaitlin Connor blocked three shots.
The Vikings drained 36-of-63 (57.1 percent) shots from the field and 8-of-16 attempts (50 percent) from downtown. Waldorf hit 18-of-50 (36 percent) attempts from the floor and 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) shots from behind the arc.
The Vikings beat the Warriors 41-12 in points off turnovers. Waldorf committed 25 turnovers while Valley City State turned the ball over 15 times.
The Vikings sank 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) attempts from the free-throw line while the Warriors hit 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) shots from the charity stripe.
Valley City State outrebound Waldorf by a 43-20 margin. The Vikings pulled down 16 offensive boards and beat the Warriors 20-3 on second-chance points.
Valley City State held an 18-8 advantage over Waldorf on points in the paint.
The Vikings powered to a 35-8 lead during the first quarter and entered halftime with a 33-point advantage. Valley City State led 83-40 through three quarters and outscored Waldorf 16-11 during the fourth quarter.
The Warriors host Dakota State University (6-16, 3-7) on Friday for a 7 p.m. conference matchup at Hanson Fieldhouse.