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January 11, 2018 10:40 PM

Augustana Off To Best Start In Program History

Sioux Falls, SD

The Augustana women's basketball team has climbed to number eleven is the WBCA Coaches Poll, and is off to its best start in program history.  

Augustana is more than halfway through its regular season schedule, and has yet to lose a game.  

"This is one of the more experienced or veteran teams that we've had and I think that as it turns out probably, I'm going to say a part or a big part of our success," head coach Dave Krauth said.

At 14-0, the Vikings are off to their best start in program history.

"We've surprised ourselves and we've surprised others and we know what we're capable of but it's a matter of coming out and executing on the court and we have really great team chemistry but to come out and execute is what we've hoped for and to see it actually happening is super exciting," senior Logan O'Farrell said.

Augustana was tested early in the season with an 83-78 overtime win at Wayne State.  However, that's the Vikings only single-digit victory during their win streak.

"I think that we're playing some good basketball but I don't think that we're satisfied with the way we're playing. Obviously you can't ask for a better start than what we're having but I think that we're all just like anxious to see you know what we really are capable of because I don't think we've seen that yet," junior Shelby Selland said.

The Vikings are getting it done on both ends of the floor, averaging more than 83 points per game, while holding opponents to less than 63 points. Their 20.9 scoring margin is the best in the NSIC.

"We generally create some turnovers and then convert some of those turnovers into early offense or fast-breaks or lay-ups and that seems to be a big part of our success," Krauth said.

As the Vikings close out the regular season, they hope the best is yet to come.

"I really hope that we haven't played the best that we have yet. We've looked good but coming into practice off some weekends we know there's things to fix and I hope we can get after those things and look even better than we have so far," O'Farrell said.
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