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DWU women blow by Doane

Dakota Wesleyan's Kynedi Cheeseman (30) drives to the basket past Doane's Bailey Zarybnicky (14) during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University's defense came alive in the second quarter on Saturday as it broke open a first quarter tie and downed Doane University 82-51 in a women's basketball game at the Corn Palace.

The No. 6 Tigers used a 25-9 second quarter spurt to put away Doane University in the Great Plains Athletic Conference game.

"Defense, we were really terrible the first quarter," DWU coach Jason Christensen said. "That's what it boils down to. To prove that point, we gave up 21 points the second half and in the first quarter, we gave up 21 points. So that should tell you where our defensive mindset was to start the game."

Once DWU locked in defensively, it spelled the beginning of the end for Doane. DWU and Doane were tied 21-21 after the first quarter, but the home Tigers went on a 25-5 tear to take control.

"We definitely picked up on our defense," DWU sophomore guard Kynedi Cheeseman said. "Coach emphasized putting our hands up more because they were shooting over the top of us. So that's probably the biggest difference."

DWU's defense led to offense as it began scoring in transition and scored 17 points off Doane's 17 turnovers. DWU controlled the boards and outrebounded Doane 38-28.

"We definitely feel more confident on offense when we play better on defense," Cheeseman said. "So that kind of rolls over."

DWU (9-1, 3-1 GPAC) finished with 21 assists on 26 made field goals.

"When we have people that share the ball well on the team, that makes the game really fun to play," said Cheeseman, who finished with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Ashley Bray led DWU with 19 points and Jessica Mieras added 10 points as it worn down Doane in the second half.

"That's kind of been the tale of our season," Doane coach Tracee Fairbanks said. "We've just had a hard time sustaining what we've been able to put on the court both offensively and defensively."

Doane's McKenna Dodd had a game-high 19 points on 6-for-21 shooting from the field, including 3-for-14 from 3-point range. Dodd had seven points in the first quarter and 12 at halftime.

"I thought we did make her earn it," Christensen said. "I think she got four or five there in the fourth quarter when we subbed, but she's a great player. I thought we did a good job on her for the most part."

Alea Shaner added 11 points, but no other player scored in double figures for Doane (4-7, 0-5).

For DWU, Rylie Osthus and Makaela Karst both had nine points. Sarah Carr and Mikaela Stofferahn both scored eight points.

DWU plays at rival Mount Marty College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in Yankton.

"It is always usually pretty intense when we go down there," Christensen said. "I think my kids are looking forward to going down there and playing."

Dakota Wesleyan 82, Doane University 51

Doane (4-7, 0-5 GPAC): Julia Reed 0-3 0-0 0, Cortney Arkfeld 2-8 2-2 7, Bailey Zarybnicky 1-3 0-0 3, McKenna Dodd 6-21 4-4 19, Haylee Heits 3-4 0-0 6, Cassie Vasa 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Core 0-0 0-0 0, Marie Matthews 0-0 0-0 0, Sidney Blackburn 0-1 0-0 0, Alea Shaner 5-10 1-2 11, Emma Campbell 1-5 0-1 2, McKenzie Beach 0-2 0-0 0, Lauren Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0, Nicole White 1-1 0-1 2, Mady Vogel 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 10-59 8-12 51.

Dakota Wesleyan (9-1, 3-1 GPAC): Rylie Osthus 3-3 2-2 9, Makaela Karst 3-7 3-3 9, Kynedi Cheeseman 5-14 1-1 13, Chesney Nagel 0-3 0-0 0, Sarah Carr 3-5 2-2 8, Sam Schuh 0-0 2-2 2, Kacey Bartscher 0-2 0-0 0, Madison Mathews 1-3 0-0 3, Mateya Walder 0-1 0-0 0, Ashley Bray 4-5 9-12 19, Rachel Hawkins 0-0 0-0 0, Lindsey Hale 0-0 0-0 0, Mikaela Stofferahn 0-1 0-0 0, Amber Bray 3-7 2-4 8, Jessica Mieras 4-8 2-4 10, Meghan Travis 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 26-59 24-32 82.

DU 21 30 41 51

DWU 21 46 69 82

3-point field goals: DU 5-21 (Arkfeld 1-1, Zarybnicky 1-3, Dodd 3-14, Blackburn 0-1, Shaner 0-1, Vogel 0-1); DWU 6-20 (Osthus 1-1, Karst 0-1, Cheeseman 2-7, Carr 0-1, Bartscher 0-2, Mathews 1-2, Walder 0-1, Ashley Bray 2-3, Amber Bray 0-2). Rebounds: DU 28 (Arkfeld 5); DWU 38 (Amber Bray 10). Steals: DU 5 (Arkfeld 1, Zarybnicky 1, Blackburn 1, Shaner 1, Campbell 1); DWU 4 (Karst 2). Assists: DU 11 (Arkfeld 2, Zarybnicky 2, Dodd 2, Matthews); DWU 21 (Osthus 6). Blocked shots: DU 1 (Shaner 1); DWU 4 (Karst 2). Total fouls: DU 23; DWU 18. Turnovers: DU 17; DWU 10. A: 2,886.

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