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Tiger women upset No. 10 Midland 85-74

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Tiger women upset No. 10 Midland 85-74
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

FREMONT, Neb. — Five players scored in double figures for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team in an 85-74 upset of No. 10 Midland University Saturday in Fremont, Neb.

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The Tigers (7-2, 2-1 GPAC) received votes in this week’s NAIA coaches’ poll, and with the win over Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Midland, they should continue to climb in the rankings.

“Going on the road in the conference is very important,” DWU coach Jason Christensen said. “If we want to get to the national tournament we are going to need to win about 15 of our 20 conference games.”

DWU shot well from the field the entire game, making 56.3 percent of its field goals and 44.4 percent of its 3-point shots.

“When you shoot well and get up you can take a few more gambles as a team,” Christensen said. “We were able to throw some zone at them because were able to build a lead.”

Micaela Erickson finished with a team-high 15 points for DWU, going 3 for 8 from the field and hitting 9 of 10 free throws. The junior guard added five assists and four rebounds.

Amanda Hart led the Tigers from long range, hitting 4 of 7 attempts from behind the 3-point line. The senior guard finished with 14 points, while adding four rebounds in the win.

DWU’s Taylor Piper pulled down a team-high eight rebounds from her guard position, while Mitchell native Kristin Sabers came off the bench to add 12 points of 4-of-8 shooting. Junior Katie Johnson added 12 points for the Tigers.

“That’s the team I have this year,” Christensen said. “We’ve got six kids that can score in double-figures.”

Midland was led by Jamilah Johnson, who finished with a game-high 22 points on 7-of-19 shooting for the Warriors (8-4, 5-1 GPAC). Sammi Licari, Taylor Shepard and Joelle Anderson each scored in double figures for Midland in the loss.

The teams were even in rebounds with 35 each. DWU finished 23 of 29 from the free throw line, while Midland was 18 of 23. The Tigers committed 14 turnovers to Midland’s 10.

“Going into the game my concern was rebounding and we were able to control the boards well,” Christensen said.

The Tigers return home to play Dordt College at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Dakota Wesleyan ......85

Midland ..................74

DWU (7-2, 2-1 GPAC)

Micaela Erickson 3-8 9-10 15; Taylor Piper 5-9 3-4 13; Amanda Hart 4-8 2-2 14; Kim Johnson 1-1 1-2 4; Katie Johnson 4-4 4-4 12; Erica Herrold 3-4 1-2 8; Celeste Beck 2-5 0-0 5; Kelsey Little 1-1 0-0 2; Kristin Sabers 4-8 3-5 12.

MU (8-3, 5-1 GPAC)

Jamilah Johnson 7-19 5-6 22; Sammi Licari 5-10 3-3 15; Joelle Anderses 4-11 2-2 10; Kellie Page 1-2 0-0 3; Taylor Shepard 3-10 5-8 11; Rachel Stara 0-2 0-0 0; Shelby Rupprecht 2-4 3-4 8; Darien Moon 1-11 0-0 2; Dani Andersen 1-3 0-0 3; Hallie Dittrich 0-0 0-0 0.

Halftime: DWU 41-28. 3-point field goals: 8-18 (Hart 4), MU 8-23 (Johnson 3, Licari 2). Rebounds: DWU 35 (Piper 8), MU 35 (Licari 9). Assists: DWU 17 (Kim Johnson 6, Erickson 5), MU 13 (Johnson 4). Steals: DWU 5 (Hart 2), MU 7 (Licari 2). Turnovers: DWU 14 (Piper 4, Beck 4), MU 10 (Andersen 3). Personal fouls: DWU 17, MU 17. Fouled out: DWU Kim Johnson.

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