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Dakota Wesleyan forward Katie Johnson looks for a way past a Presentation College defender Tuesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.(Aaron Saunders/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan forward Katie Johnson looks for a way past a Presentation College defender Tuesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.(Aaron Saunders/Republic)

DWU women starting the season on a roll

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The Corn Palace has become somewhat of a comfort zone this season for the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team.

The Tigers are undefeated in the four games they have played at home this season.

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Tuesday night, the name of the opponent may have been different, but the result was still the same -- a DWU win at home.

Behind suffocating defense and good shooting on the offensive end, DWU routed Presentation College 89-38 in a nonconference game.

"It's important in this conference and with our nonconference schedule to protect our own house, and that's one thing that we are trying to focus on this year," Dakota Wesleyan head coach Jason Christensen said.

"Defensively, I thought we started off pretty slow, and that whole first half we just went through the motions and weren't ready to play," Christensen said. "We did a good job the second half getting after it defensively. They started the half with 23 points and I don't think they scored until the 13-minute mark, so apparently we got it figured out at halftime."

The Tigers forced the Saints to commit 22 turnovers and shoot just 22 percent from the field.

"We made sure to not give them the middle," said junior guard Taylor Piper, a Mitchell native. "In our defense, that is one of our main focuses so that we can break down and read passes and force turnovers.Piper did her part on the defensive end with a game-high three steals. She finished the night with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists and had no turnovers.

Junior forward Kim Johnson led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field while junior guard Amanda Hart knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 16. Sophomore Celeste Beck also added 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

"We shot the ball pretty good," Christensen said. "Iit was a team effort and I thought everyone did a good job. I've got seven or eight kids that can score 20 on any given night and tonight we had four kids that scored in double figures."

Presentation was led by sophomore forward Rachel Fuhrman, who tallied 17 points and was the only Saints player to reach double figures.

Dakota Wesleyan now sits at 4-1 and heads to Rapid City on Friday to take on South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Dakota Wesleyan University 89

Presentation College 38

DWU (4-1, 0-1 GPAC)

Elizabeth Lamb 1-6 4-6 6, Taylor Piper 6-11 0-0 12, Amanda Hart 6-9 0-0 16, Brittany Hills 1-2 3-4 5, Kim Johnson 8-13 6-7 22, Lexie Christensen 0-2 0-0 0, Michaela Erickson 0-1 0-0 0, Celeste Beck 5-8 0-0 12, Skyler Heyden 0-2 0-0 0, Kristen Binger 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Kuhn 0-2 0-0 0, Katie Johnson 2-3 0-0 4, Katelynn Runge 1-1 0-0 2, Shekela Quarles 4-12 0-0 8, Abbey Fujan 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 35-74 13-17 89.

PRESENTATION (2-1)

Hannah Phillips 0-11 0-0 0, Kaylee Voorhees 0-2 0-0 0, Abbie Geraci 1-6 0-1 2, Kelli Boekelheide 2-8 1-2 5, Rachel Furhmann 6-14 4-4 17, Karly Furhman 1-6 4-4 6, Lynn Wiekel 2-5 0-0 4, Kendra Ostrom 1-6 1-2 4, Kelsey Braun 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-59 10-13 38.

Halftime: DWU 45-23. 3-point goals: DWU 6-20 ( Hart 4, Beck 2) Presentation 2-15 (Furhmann 1, Ostrom 1) Rebounds: DWU 54 (Piper 9, Lamb 7, Hills 7), Presentation 34 (Boekelheide 9). Turnovers: DWU 11, Presentation 22. Steals: DWU 14 (Piper, 3) Presentation 6 (Phillips 2, Geraci 2). Total Fouls: DWU 15, Presentation 14. Technical Fouls: none.

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