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Dakota Wesleyan's Celest Beck (22) attempts to drive the baseline against Hastings' Alex Edwards Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

No. 16 Hastings tops DWU women

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Tiger coach Jason Christensen simply said, “we were bad, they were good” after his team’s performance in a loss to No. 16 Hastings College.

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The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team struggled to get going, falling 81-45 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action to Hastings Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

“It was one of those games where we came out flat and we have to learn from it and then put it in the past,” DWU’s Micaela Erickson said. “This is something that can make us stronger or go the other way. We have to come together as a team to turn this into something positive.”

The Broncos came out of the gate strong, building a 13-point lead heading into halftime. After the Tigers cut the lead to 11 near the halfway point of the second half, Hastings went on a 25-4 run to put the game out of reach.

“We knew we would have to take some things away from DWU and they didn’t shoot the ball as well as they normally do, which might of made our defense look better than it was,” Hastings coach Carrie Hofsetter said.

The Bronco defense did look good, outrebounding the Tigers 46-31. Hastings also forced 17 turnovers, grabbed 10 steals and blocked four shots as a team.

Hastings shot 45 percent from the field, and had numerous second chances around the basket with 17 offensive rebounds.

“Second chance points are something we work on and emphasize with our team,” Hofsetter said.

Laurel Zwiener led the Broncos, who moved to 15-2 (6-2 GPAC) with the win. The 6-foot-4 center scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in just 18 minutes on the floor.

Jamie Van Kirk chipped in with 19 points for Hastings, while Cami Bruckman added 17 points.

Kim Johnson was the lone Tiger to reach double figures, scoring 12 on 6-of-11 shooting and grabbing four rebounds. Katie Johnson had eight points and four rebounds, while Erickson scored seven.

DWU was 15-of-46 shooting from the field, and missed all eight of its three-point attempts.

The Tigers (11-5, 4-3 GPAC) will look to bounce back against No. 2 Northwestern College at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Orange City, Iowa.

Hastings College 81

Dakota Wesleyan 45

DWU (11-5, 4-3 GPAC)

Micaela Erickson 3-6 1-3 7; Taylor Piper 1-6 1-2 3; Amanda Hart 1-4 2-2 4; 6-11 0-0 12; Katie Johnson 2-4 4-6 8; Savannah Minder 0-0 2-2 2; Erica Herrold 1-5 1-2 3; Celeste Beck 0-5 2-2 2; Kelsey Little 0-0 0-0 0; Kristin Sabers 1-5 2-2 4; Totals 15-46 15-21 45.

HC (15-2, 6-2 GPAC)

Cami Bruckman 6-14 2-3 17; Abby Jackson 3-6 1-2 8; Jamie Van Kirk 8-14 0-0 19; Frankie Peterson 1-5 0-0 2; Laurel Zwiener 9-13 2-2 20; Autumn Zenon 1-3 0-1 2; Shanelle Farmer 2-8 0-0 6; Chelsey Morton 1-2 0-0 2; Halley Samuelson 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Edwards 1-1 0-0 3; Sierra Williamson 1-6 0-0 2; Haley Gebers 0-1 0-0 0; 33-73 5-8 81.

Halftime: HC 35-22. 3-point field goals: DWU 0-8, HC 10-24 (Bruckman 3, Van Kirk 3). Rebounds: DWU 31 (Kim Johnson 4, Katie Johnson 4), HC 46 (Williamson 6, Bruckman 6, Zwiener 6). Assists: DWU 11 (Beck 4), HC 20 (Bruckman 5). Steals: DWU 2, HC 10 (Farmer 5). Turnovers: DWU 17 (Piper 4), HC 9. Personal fouls: DWU 14, HC 17. Fouled out: none. 

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