Tigers top Ashford, 72-44

Celeste Beck from DWU.

Celeste Beck

Kim Johnson from DWU.

Kim Johnson

Brittany Hills from DWU.

Brittany Hills

WISCONSIN DELLS – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team improved to 11-4 with a 72-44 win over Ashford University Thursday night at JustAGame Fieldhouse in the Wisconsin Dells.

Ashford, from Clinton, Iowa, hung around early in the game, and took a slim lead in the first 10 minutes, but the Tigers forced the Saints into shooting just 30 percent from the field in the first half. DWU used a short run to extend its lead, and Micaela Erickson hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the half to put the Tigers up 31-21 at halftime.

Kim Johnson scored the first seven points of the second half for DWU, which pushed its lead to nearly 20 early in the half. Dakota Wesleyan hit five second-half threes to snag a 20-point lead. The Tigers were able to push their lead to 30 several times and settled for a 28-point win.

Celeste Beck finished with a game-high 24 points for the Tigers. She hit four 3-pointers and also grabbed six rebounds. Johnson finished with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and Brittany Hills added 11 points and five rebounds. Erickson added nine points and Katie Johnson also had six rebounds.

The Tigers shot 53.8 percent from the field, including 38 percent from long range. DWU went 8-for-15 from the line, had a 32-28 advantage on the boards and had nine turnovers.

Madison Wagner and Deana Bledsoe each scored 11 points to lead Ashford and Gaby Ayon finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. The Saints shot 34 percent from the field and went just 2-for-14 from three-point range. Ashford went 6-for-12 from the line and had 14 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is back in action Friday, Dec. 21, when it plays Lakeland College – an NCAA Division III school from Sheboygan, Wis., at 5 p.m. in the Wisconsin Dells.