MADISON, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 with an 82-59 win against Dakota State University Tuesday night in Madison, S.D. The Tigers’ big win comes just days after the Trojans (1-4) played Indiana Wesleyan – a team that beat defending national champion Northwestern College – and lost by just five points.
Defense was key for Dakota Wesleyan Tuesday. The Tigers forced Dakota State into 31 turnovers, including 18 in the first half. For the second game in a row, Dakota Wesleyan was hot from long range early. Elizabeth Lamb hit two threes and Kim Johnson and Celeste Beck each hit one to help the Tigers to a 22-9 lead less than 12 minutes into the game, and Amanda Hart hit back-to-back 3-pointers a few minute later to make it a 30-13 game with just under six minutes left in the first half.
Beck hit another three to make it a 22-point game, 37-15, with four minutes left in the half, and the Tigers led 41-19 at halftime.
Dakota Wesleyan maintained its 20-point lead throughout the second half, and pushed its lead to 30 late in the game.
Johnson finished with a game-high 18 points and Lamb added 16, including three 3-pointers. Hart added 10 points and Beck added nine on three long-range shots. Taylor Piper had seven rebounds and seven assists and Lamb also had five rebounds and five assists. DWU shot 45.7 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range, and went 8-for-16 from the line. DWU had 31 rebounds and 10 turnovers.
Katy Pillar paced DSU with nine points and six rebounds. Courtney Hulstein also had six rebounds. The Trojans shot 46.5 percent from the field and went 17-for-22 from the line. Dakota State had 38 rebounds and 31 turnovers.
Dakota Wesleyan plays one more nonconference game before starting Great Plains Athletic Conference play Saturday. The Tigers travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., to take on Augustana College in an exhibition game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. DWU plays Briar Cliff University at 2 p.m. Saturday in its first GPAC game of the year.