Hart ties record as Tigers pick up win No. 12

Amanda Hart from DWU.

Amanda Hart

Celeste Beck from DWU.

Celeste Beck

Kim Johnson from DWU.

Kim Johnson

WISCONSIN DELLS – Amanda Hart tied the school record for 3-pointers in a career and the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team beat Lakeland College 85-60 Friday night at JustAGame Fieldhouse in the Wisconsin Dells.

The Tigers improved to 12-4 overall with the win over Lakeland, an NCAA Division III school from Sheboygan, Wis.

The Muskies (4-8) took an early lead, and led by as much as five, 14-9, with 12:37 left in the first half. From there, Dakota Wesleyan went on an 11-2 run that included 3-pointers by Celeste Beck and Hart to take a 20-16 lead with 10:21 to play. DWU went up eight, 27-19, but Lakeland answered with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 27.

Beck hit a three, Hart hit back-to-back threes and Brittany Hills hit a long-range shot to push DWU’s lead to 12, 39-27, with 2:13 to play. Beck scored on a layup with 10 seconds left in the first half to give the Tigers a 41-27 lead at halftime.

Lakeland cut the gap to 12 early in the second half, but Beck hit a three to make it a 15-point game and Hart hit another three less than a minute later to push the Tigers’ lead to 18. DWU took its first 20-point lead of the game on a layup by Taylor Piper with 16:15 to play. The Tigers were able to maintain their lead throughout the remainder of the game.

Hart hit four threes and scored 12 points. She now has 230 3-pointers in two-plus seasons with the team. The current career record is 230, set in 2001-05 by Abbey DeWolfe. Beck hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. Kim Johnson added 14 points, Hills and Elizabeth Lamb each added 12 points and Hart and Katie Johnson had four rebounds. Beck also had six assists. The Tigers shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 48 percent from long range. DWU went 9-for-13 from the line and had 28 rebounds and nine turnovers.

Leah Eisner paced Lakeland with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Becky Mayo added 12 points and eight rebounds. The Muskies shot 43.8 percent from the field, hit six threes and went 12-for-14 from the line. Lakeland had 28 rebounds and 21 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is off for the remainder of the year and returns to action Jan. 2 when it travels to Fremont, Neb., to take on Midland University.