ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Down by 17 points, the No. 8 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team strung together a run to cut the deficit to single digits in the fourth quarter, but were unable to complete the comeback as they fell to No. 14 Northwestern College 69-56 in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday in Orange City, Iowa.
Amber Bray (Anoka, Minn.) began the game with eight-straight points to help DWU keep pace with NWC in the opening minutes of the game.
Despite the strong start by Bray, the Red Raiders (13-5, 8-2 GPAC) held a 22-17 lead after the first quarter.
Madison Mathews (Draper, S.D.) connected on a three-point play the old-fashioned way after getting fouled on her shot and making the free throw to pull the Tigers (15-4, 7-3 GPAC) within three points. However, Northwestern took a 45-30 lead at the break.
The Tigers were able to cut the deficit to 10 points in the third quarter thanks to a 3-pointer by Ashley Bray (Anoka, Minn.) at the buzzer.
Ashley Bray knocked in a layup in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to make it a 56-48 game. Although, the Tigers could not keep the momentum going as they fell to 7-3 in conference play.
DWU shot 46 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range, while recording 22 rebounds and 16 assists.
The Tigers return home as they take on GPAC foe Midland University at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.