Tiger women come back for win over Lancers

Celeste Beck

Celeste Beck

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson

YANKTON, S.D. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team overcame a slow start and a late comeback by Mount Marty College to come away with a 70-66 win against the Lancers Wednesday night in Yankton, S.D.

After going down 11-0 and not scoring for the first five minutes of the game, the Tigers fought back to take a slim lead late in the first half and were down by just two, 32-30, at halftime. The Lancers led early in the second half, but DWU took a lead and extended that lead to as many as 12 midway through the second half.

Dakota Wesleyan led by 10, 60-50, with 6:02 to play, but Mount Marty hit a 3-pointer to spark an 8-2 run that ended with a three-point play by Allison De Kam and cut the gap to four, 62-58, with 3:22 left. A pair of Lancer free throws made it a two-point game, 64-62, with 1:57 to go, and Brittany Little scored on a jumper to make it a two-point game again, 68-66, with 39 seconds left.

Celeste Beck missed a layup on the Tigers’ ensuing possession, and April Winne was fouled on the other end of the court. She missed her first free throw and was called for a lane violation on her second, so DWU got the ball back with three seconds left and Beck hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Tigers.

It was Dakota Wesleyan’s three-point shooting that kept it in the game early. After going down 11-0 to start, Kim Johnson hit a three to get the Tigers on the board, and Beck and Amanda Hart hit back-to-back threes to make it a four-point game, 15-11, with 9:29 left in the half. Elizabeth Lamb made it a one-point game on another three, and DWU took its first lead of the game, 28-26, on another three by Lamb with 2:52 left in the half.

Mount Marty led 32-30 at halftime, but Beck hit a three early in the second half and Katie Johnson converted a three-point play to put the Tigers up 38-36 with 16:59 to play. Beck and Kim Johnson hit back-to-back threes to make it an eight-point game, 44-36, and another three by Johnson pushed DWU’s lead to 12, 56-44, with 9:02 left in the game.

Beck finished with a game-high 20 points for Dakota Wesleyan, which is now 9-4 overall and 3-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. She went 4-for-4 from long range and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Kim Johnson and Katie Johnson each finished with 11 points and Lamb added 10 points and Kim Johnson also had eight rebounds. DWU shot 43.6 percent from the field, hit 10 threes and went 12-for-16 from the line. The Tigers had 34 rebounds and 12 turnovers.

Brittany Little paced Mount Marty (6-5, 3-3) with 19 points. De Kam added 13 points and nine rebounds and Winne had 14 points and six assists. The Lancers shot 44 percent from the field but hit just two 3-pointers. Mount Marty went 20-for-28 from the line and had 33 rebounds and 15 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is back at home Saturday, Dec. 15, when it hosts Doane College at 4 p.m. at the Corn Palace.