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Hart scores 21 in DWU women’s victory over PC

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By DAVE VILHAUER

Aberdeen American News

ABERDEEN — Presentation College suffered a ‘Hart’ attack Wednesday at the Strode Center in Aberdeen.

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Powered by the proficient shooting of Amanda Hart, Dakota Wesleyan University (10-2) rolled past the Saints 77-47 in non-conference women’s college basketball.

The senior sniper from Alexandria nailed six 3-point field goals in the opening half and PC never recovered.

“I made the first one,” Hart said. “Then once you make the first one you kind of get rolling, so that helped. I’ve struggled the last few games shooting the basketball, so it was nice to get out here and get some good looks and put them in.”

Hart made back-to-back threes to start the game, which marked the beginning of the end for the Saints.

“After she made the first two,” said PC coach Eric Nelson, “I looked at my assistant and said, ‘It’s going to be a long night.’ Because when she makes the first couple, she’s going to make the next couple. She shot really well and she hurt us.”

The Saints weathered the early storm, before Hart’s teammates followed her lead and began throwing in three-pointers from everywhere. DWU scored 14 unanswered points — nine coming on 3-point shots — in slightly more than three minutes to push an 11-4 lead to a 25-4 margin.

“We had a nice little run there,” said Wesleyan coach Jason Christensen. “When the three-ball is going in, it makes the coach’s job a lot easier. It was nice that we made some shots.”

While PC was never able to make a serious run, the Saints never stopped fighting. The hosts outscored the Tigers 32-21 in the final 20 minutes.

“I thought we played a lot better,” Nelson said about the Saints’ second-half performance. “We can use that moving forward, but we just dug ourselves too big of a hole in the first half.”

After holding PC to 15 points on just 13 percent shooting in the first half, DWU was not able to sustain that effort in the second half.

“I thought the first half we got after it defensively,” Christensen said. “Then I think our kids looked at the scoreboard, went out there and went through the motions.”

The Tiger coach would like to see his players compete all out for an entire game, regardless of the situation.

“I know it’s tough to keep your intensity,” Christensen said, “but like I told them, I don’t have a problem keeping my intensity for 40 minutes.”

Hart finished the night with 21 points and tied her career high with seven three-pointers in a game. Katie Johnson contributed 16 points and Celeste Beck added 12 for the Tigers, now 10-2.

Hannah Phillips and Rachel Fuhrmann each tossed in 12 points for the Saints.

PC, 3-11, now takes a break for the holidays before hosting Minnesota-Morris on Jan. 7.

“We’ve done a lot of good things,” Nelson said. “We just have to continue to improve and keep getting better every day. So that’s what we’re striving for right now.”

DWU ...................77

PC ......................47

DWU (10-2)

Kim Johnson 3-8 1-3 8, Katie Johnson 6-7 4-7 16, Micaela Erickson 2-4 2-4 7, Taylor Piper 1-5 0-0 2, Amanda Hart 7-15 0-1 21, Savannah Minder 0-3 0-0 0, Erica Herrold 2-6 3-6 7, Celeste Beck 4-5 0-0 12, Kelsey Little 1-1 0-0 2, Kristin Sabers 1-4 0-0 2, Kendra Cheeseman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-59 10-21 77.

PRESENTATION (3-11)

Hannah Phillips 2-14 7-8 12, Abbie Geraci 1-6 0-0 3, Sydney Larson 2-5 1-2 5, Rachel Fuhrmann 5-18 2-3 12, Jackie Miller 3-13 0-0 7, Caitlin Robinson 0-3 0-0 0, Kaylee Voorhees 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Elsen 0-1 0-0 0, Sierra Benning 0-3 0-0 0, Taalyr Egeness 3-7 0-1 8. Totals 16-70 10-14 47.

Halftime: DWU 46-15. 3-point field goals: DWU 13-24 (K. Johnson 1-2, Erickson 1-2, Hart 7-13, Minder 0-2, Herrold 0-1, Beck 4-4); PC 5-19 (Egeness 2-4). Total fouls: DWU 15, PC 18. Rebounds: DWU 43 (Sabers 7); PC 37 (Larson 11). Turnovers: DWU 17; PC 21. Assists: DWU 26 (Piper 8); PC 11 (Phillips 3, Miller 3). Blocked Shots: DWU 7 (K. Johnson 3); PC 3. Steals: DWU 7 (Erickson 3); PC 10 (Geraci 3).

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