DWU women bounce back with win over Prairie Wolves

Brittany Hills from DWU.

Brittany Hills

Amanda Hart from DWU.

Amanda Hart

Kim Johnson from DWU.

Kim Johnson

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team responded to a one-point loss at Dordt College Wednesday with an 81-53 win over Nebraska Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Neb.

The win leaves the Tigers in a three-way tie for fifth place with Mount Marty College and Hastings College. All three teams have 10-8 marks in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Morningside College leads the league with a 15-3 record and Concordia University is second at 14-4. DWU hosts No. 11 Northwestern and No. 9 Briar Cliff – which are tied for third with 13-5 GPAC records – this week in the final two games of the regular season.

Saturday, Dakota Wesleyan (19-9 overall) went on a 13-2 run to start the game and never looked back. Amanda Hart hit a three to start and Brittany Hills made it a six-point game with another three a few minutes later and the Tigers never let up. The Prairie Wolves cut the gap to six, 19-13, with 12:20 left in the first half, but Celeste Beck hit a three and converted a three-point play to push DWU’s lead back to 12, 25-13, with 11:20 left in the half. A three by Elizabeth Lamb capped off a 13-3 run by DWU to put the Tigers up 21, 45-24, with 2:45 left in the half. The Tigers led 45-26 at halftime.

Dakota Wesleyan – which shot better than 53 percent in the first half – pushed its lead back to 20 early in the second half on a jumper by Hart, and kept it there the remainder of the game.

Hart and Kim Johnson both finished with 16 points to pace Dakota Wesleyan. Hills added 13 points and nine rebounds and Lexie Christensen and Katie Johnson each added nine points. Taylor Piper had five assists. DWU hit nine 3-pointers, went 18-for-22 from the line and had 39 rebounds and nine turnovers. DWU shot 44.3 percent from the field.

Courtney Cook paced NWU with 13 points. Mallory Shanahan added eight points and 15 rebounds for the Prairie Wolves, who are 3-12 overall and 1-18 in the league. Nebraska Wesleyan shot 33.3 percent from the field, hit five threes and went 10-for-16 from the line. They had 38 rebounds and 17 turnovers.

The Tigers are back at home Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they host Northwestern at 6 p.m. The game is a blackout, and fans are asked to wear all black to support the Tigers.