SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Augustana women's basketball team returns to the Pentagon for the final time in the regular season to host Sioux Falls for a weekend of games. Friday's game is slated for 7 p.m. while Saturday's tipoff is 3 p.m.
Head coach Dave Krauth is one win away from the unique milestone of 1,000 career wins between high school and college. He currently owns 652 wins at Augustana while recording 347 victories in his high school head coaching career.
Saturday will also serve as Alumni Night where last year's senior class, Hana Beyer, Danni Honner, Abby Hora, and McKenzee Zilverberg, will be honored and receive their banner that hung in the Sanford Practice Gym throughout their careers.
Tickets are on-sale and available online at GoAugie.com/Tickets, by phone and in person at the Sanford Pentagon box office. The Pentagon box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and one hour prior to tipoff of games.
About the Vikings
Augustana is coming off of a split against SMSU last weekend. The Vikings are now 7-4 and 6-3 in the NSIC.
On Friday night, sophomore Aislinn Duffy garnered her third double-double of the season scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Also having a night was sophomore Lauren Sees who scored the go-ahead basket to secure the Vikings victory in overtime 83-81.
Duffy currently leads Augustana in both points and rebounds with 14.5 and 6.8, respectively.
This weekend's games will be the final regular season contests in the Sanford Pentagon for seniors Izzy Van Veldhuizen and Hannah Mitby, however the hope is to qualify for the NSIC Tournament which is played on the Vikings' home floor.
About the Cougars
Sioux Falls is 7-2 overall and within the conference. The Cougars are led by 13th-year head coach Travis Traphagen who was an assistant on Dave Krauth's staff in the early 2000s
Last week, Sioux Falls swept Wayne State with a blowout win Friday night, 80-45, and a closer affair Saturday afternoon, winning 62-58.
On Saturday the Cougars had three players with double-digits scoring with Anna Brecht and Lauren Sanders both scoring 11.
Anna Brecht leads the Cougars in scoring with 18.7 points per game and Dallie Hoskinson leads the team in rebounds with 9.1 per contest.
How to Watch
Tickets are on-sale in a limited quantity at GoAugie.com/Tickets, at the Sanford Pentagon box office (weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or by phone at 605-312-7900.
A free live stream will also be available at GoAugie.com/Live.
One Last Thing
Augustana has been good at taking care of the ball while making it hard for its opponents ball handlers this year. The Vikings have won over 80% of their games this year when committing fewer turnovers than their opponent. With a turnover margin of +4.82, the Vikings currently rank second in the conference and 21st in the nation in the stat category. Augustana has averaged 12.2 points per game off of turnovers, which is just over 15 percent of the Vikings average scoring offense this year.