Four Tigers hit double digits in win over Presentation

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Amanda Hart

Amanda Hart

Taylor Piper

Taylor Piper

Celeste Beck

Celeste Beck

MITCHELL, S.D. – Four players scored in double digits and six more scored at least two points Tuesday in the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team’s 89-38 win over Presentation College. The Tigers improved to 5-1 overall in the nonconference contest at the Corn Palace.

Junior Kim Johnson led the team in scoring for the fourth straight game and the fifth time this season. She scored a game-high 22 points, including 17 in the first half. Amanda Hart, Taylor Piper and Celeste Beck also hit double digits.

The Saints (2-1) scored the first two points of the game, but after that DWU went on a 13-3 run. Johnson scored six of the Tigers’ first 11 points. Presentation cut the lead to six, 13-7, with 13:49 left in the half, but Dakota Wesleyan responded with an 8-0 run to go up 14, 21-7, with 10:34 left in the first half. A three and a jumper by Hart sparked an 8-0 run that included a three-point play by Johnson and put DWU up 31-12 with just over six minutes left in the half.

DWU picked up its first 20-point lead on a pair of free throws by Johnson with three minutes left, and led 45-23 at halftime.

The Tigers opened the second half with an 11-point run, and they went on a seven-point run after Presentation scored on a layup by Kelli Boekelheide. DWU led by 35, 60-25, with just over five minutes gone from the second half, and eventually pushed its lead to 50.

Hart finished with 16 points and Piper and Beck each added 12. Piper also had nine rebounds and six assists and Brittany Hills added seven rebounds. Dakota Wesleyan shot 47.3 percent from the field, went 13-for-17 from the line and out-rebounded the Saints 54-34. The Tigers had 11 turnovers.

Rachel Fuhrmann paced Presentation with 17 points and was the only player in double digits for the Saints. Boekelheide had nine rebounds. Presentation shot 22 percent from the field, went 10-for-13 from the line and had 22 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is on the road for a pair of nonconference games at the South Dakota Tech Thanksgiving Classic this Friday and Saturday. The Tigers play South Dakota Tech at 3 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Nov. 23, and the University of Great Falls at 6 p.m. CDT on Nov. 24.