DWU women beat Mount Marty 85-79: Photo Gallery included
Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball coach Jason Christensen did something he hasn’t done all year Wednesday, putting three post players on the floor at once.
The fourth-year head coach made the decision at halftime and it paid off as the Tigers reeled off 47 second-half points to beat Great Plains Athletic Conference opponent Mount Marty College 85-79 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
“We threw three bigs on the court and went with that for most of the second half,” Christensen said. “I think they struggled with our post players. We were maybe a little slow defensively, but they could only make so many threes.”
Throughout the second half, Christensen rotated senior forward Kim Johnson, junior forward Katie Johnson and freshmen forwards Kristin Sabers and Erica Herrold.
“It was a highly intense game, but I think they made some big shots down the stretch with their post players inside,” Mount Marty girls’ basketball coach Tom Schlimgen said. “When they played three post players, we should have adjusted quicker.”
Kim Johnson and Katie Johnson each scored eight second-half points, while Sabers, a Mitchell native, and Herrold, a Dimock native, each scored six in the second half for DWU (12-6, 5-4 GPAC). Kim Johnson finished with 14 points, while Herrold had eight.
Senior guard Celeste Beck also played a major role in the second half, scoring 12 of her 14 points after halftime.
The Tigers got off to a slow start in the opening minutes of the first half, falling behind 9-2. Wesleyan’s offense stalled its first three possessions, giving the Lancers the opportunity to take advantage.
The Tigers answered with a 9-4 run to tie the game at 11, but the biggest run would come from Mount Marty (9-10, 1-9 GPAC), which went on an 11-1 run to take a 31-21 lead.
Throughout the first half, much of Marty’s scoring was done by Logan Wagner and Raquel Sutera. Wagner, a Parkston native, had 14 points in the first half, while Sutera, a Tabor native, had 13 points. Sutera finished with a career-high 25 points, while Wagner had 18 points.
The Tigers withstood the early onslaught from the Lancers and managed to tie the game at halftime, after shooting 47.2 percent from the field. Leading the charge was Katie Johnson and Sabers, who each scored 10 first half points.
Katie Johnson finished with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sabers finished with 16 points.
“I thought I shot the ball well,” said Sabers, adding this was her best game this season. “Coach always has confidence in me to shoot the ball well.”
The Tigers hit the court against Nebraska Wesleyan at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lincoln, Neb.
Dakota Wesleyan 85
Mount Marty 79
DWU (12-6, 5-4 GPAC)
Micaela Erickson 1-5 0-2 2; Taylor Piper 1-4 0-0 5; Amanda Hart 3-9 0-0 8; Kim Johnson 6-11 0-0 14; Katie Johnson 7-10 4-5 18; Savannah Minder 0-1 0-0 0; Erica Herrold 4-5 0-0 8; Celeste Beck 3-8 6-6 14; Kristin Sabers 7-8 0-0 16.
MM (9-10, 1-9 GPAC)
Cassidy Gebhart 4-11 0-0 9; Logan Wagner 5-14 5-6 18; Raquel Sutera 8-15 4-4 25; Kelsey Schmidt 2-5 5-6 11; Allison De Kam 3-11 1-2 7; Denae Veldkamp 0-3 2-2 2; Cheyenne Lambley 3-5 1-2 7; Kellie Winckler 0-3 0-0 0.
Halftime: 38-38; 3-point goals: DWU 8-21 (Hart, Ki. Johnson, Beck, Sabers), MM 11-23 (Wagner 3, Sutera 5, Schmidt 2, Gebhart 1); Rebounds: DWU 35 (Ka. Johnson 10). MM 38 (De Kam 11); Assists: DWU 25 (Hart 6, Beck 6), MM 14 (Gebhart 6); Steals: DWU 10 (Ka. Johnson 4), MM 11 (De Kam 4); Turnovers: DWU 13, MM 13; Team Fouls: DWU 16, MM 13; Technical fouls: None.