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Briar Cliff knocks off DWU women

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Kim Johnson's 23 points weren't enough as Dakota Wesleyan University lost to Briar Cliff 76-61 in a women's Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball game Saturday.

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Johnson was 9-of-14 from the field and she hit 5 of 8 free throws to have the game's high scoring total. Celeste Beck added 14 points for the Tigers, who lost their first game of the season. Elizabeth Lamb scored 11 points and had five rebounds and Taylor Piper had five rebounds.

Briar Cliff led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but DWU cut the lead to two points with 12:44 left in the second half on a 3-pointer from Brittany Hills.

After that shot, Briar Cliff went on a 16-0 run to break away from the Tigers.

Wesleyan shot 41 percent from the field in the game and was 8-of-15 from the free-throw line. Briar Cliff had a 45-40 edge in rebounding.

Briar Cliff also had four players score in double digits, including Kela Cihak -- an Avon native -- who had a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds. Mattie Murren and Summer Gordon each had 11 and Kelsey Evans had 10.

Briar Cliff (6-0, 2-0 GPAC) shot 39 percent from the field and was 14-of-28 from the free-throw line.

The Tigers host Presentation College at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a nonconference matchup for their next action.

BRIAR CLIFF 76,

DAKOTA WESLEYAN 61

DWU (4-1, 0-1 GPAC)

Elizabeth Lamb 4-12 1-2 11, Taylor Piper 0-7 0-0 0, Amanda Hart 0-7 0-0 0, Brittany Hills 3-7 2-2 9, Kim Johnson 9-14 5-8 23, Lexie Christensen 0-0 0-1 0, Micaela Erickson 0-0 0-0 0, Celeste Beck 6-11 0-0 14, Skyler Heyden 0-0 0-0 0, Kristen Binger 0-1 0-0 0, Katie Johnson 2-2 0-2 4, Shekela Quarles 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-61 8-15 61.

Briar Cliff (6-0, 2-0)

Kelsey Evans 4-8 0-0 10, Kela Cihak 5-11 4-6 14, Mattie Murren 4-9 0-0 11, Summer Gordon 4-7 3-5 11, Sarah Reeves 2-10 3-4 7, Paige Herrboldt 1-2 0-2 2, McKenzie Shipley 3-7 1-2 8, Alex Fuller 0-1 0-0 0, Kaitlin Meister 0-0 0-0 0, Slone Masters 3-3 0-0 6, Chante Williams 1-4 0-2 2, Heather Haber 0-1 1-2 1, Regan Cooper 1-3 2-5 4. Totals: 28-66 14-28 76.

Halftime: BC 42-33. 3-point goals: DWU 5-18 (Lamb 2, Beck 2, Hills 1). BC 6-19 (Murren 3, Evan 2, Shipley 1). Rebounds: DWU 40 (Lamb 5, Piper 5), BC: 6-19 (Cihak 9). Assists: DWU 11 (Hart 3, Johnson 3, Beck 3), BC: 17 (Williams 7). Turnovers: DWU 33, BC 27. Total fouls: DWU: 19, BC 15. Technical Fouls: None.

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