The Dickinson State womenâ€™s basketball team goes on theÂ road Monday night to face the University of Wyoming in a game that will be an exhibition for the Blue Hawks, but a regular-season game for the Cowgirls. Â Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
Itâ€™ll be the first game between the teams. Two of their starters, senior guard Kelsey BoedekerÂ and junior center Mandy Mullock are Wyoming natives. Boedeker led Sheridan High School to the 2007 Class 4AÂ state championship.
DSU head coach Andre Goldberg said the teams had been interested in playing for a couple years and found a day that worked for both.
â€œIt just kind of popped up that it worked in our schedule, and we have quite a few ladies from Wyoming and it worked out that we could fit it in,â€ Goldberg said.
Though itâ€™s an exhibition for DSU, itâ€™ll be interesting to see how the Blue Hawks (2-3) stack up against Wyoming, which was picked to finish fifth in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cowgirls return leading scorer Hillary Carlson, aÂ 6-foot-3 senior forward who averaged 15.6 points and 6.7 rebounds and 3 blocks a game last season. Wyoming went toÂ the third round of the Womenâ€™s NIT, finishing with a 21-12Â record. However, the Cowgirls lost starting guards AubreyÂ Vandiver, Emma Langford and Randi Richardson.
â€œItâ€™s a tall task, literally a tall task, roster-wise,â€ Goldberg said. â€œTheyâ€™re a pretty big team and will be tough. But we just want to go out there and try and pick up where we left off on Friday night, and see if we canâ€™t do some things to slow them down a little bit.â€
DSU is coming off an 89-50 win over Montana State-Northern.
This isn’t a DSU basketball team’s first experience playing an NCAA Division I team. Last year, the Blue Hawk men’s basketball team played Air Force and Texas Southern in exhibitions at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and gave Air Force a run.