Hart’s seven threes lead DWU past Doane

Amanda Hart from DWU.

Amanda Hart

Brittany Hills from DWU.

Brittany Hills

Katie Johnson from DWU.

Katie Johnson

CRETE, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team bounced back from a loss to Mount Marty College Wednesday with an 88-67 road win against Doane College Saturday afternoon in Crete, Neb.

Junior Amanda Hart hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points to pace Dakota Wesleyan, which improved to 17-7 overall and 8-6 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Neither team was able to take control of the game early, and the lead exchanged hands several times. It wasn’t until Brittany Hills scored on a layup with 4:35 left in the first half that the DWU Tigers were able to get anything going. That layup sparked a 10-0 run that ended with a 40-30 lead for DWU with 1:33 left in the half. Two free throws each by Hills and Katie Johnson pushed the Tigers’ lead to 12, 44-32, at halftime.

Dakota Wesleyan extended its lead to 17, 50-33, on a layup by Kim Johnson early in the second half. Doane cut the gap to 12, 52-40, with 13:18 to play, but DWU responded with a 7-2 run that ended with a three by Hart to push the lead back to 17, 59-42. Doane cut into the lead once more to make it a 10-point game, 59-49, with just under 10 minutes left, but Hart hit another three to help DWU keeps its lead in double digits and the Tigers held on from there.

Hart went 10-for-17 from the field, including 7-for-12 from long range to get her 27 points. Kim Johnson added 22 points, Hills finished with 17 and Katie Johnson had 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. The Tigers shot 51 percent from the field, hit 10 threes, went 18-for-22 from the line and had 30 rebounds and 12 turnovers.

Heather Broman paced Doane with 16 points and Shelbi Bittinger added 13. The Tigers shot 41 percent from the field hit five 3-pointers and went 22-for-30 from the line. They had 35 rebounds and 21 turnovers.

Dakota Wesleyan is on the road Wednesday, Jan. 30 when it travels to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on Morningside College.