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No. 1 Morningside too much for DWU women

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- In the first half of Wednesday afternoon's game, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team gave top-ranked Morningside all it could handle.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- In the first half of Wednesday afternoon's game, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team gave top-ranked Morningside all it could handle.

The Tigers were hitting their threes, grabbing rebounds and keeping turnovers to a mini-mum.

In the second half, the Mustangs proved why they're undefeated.

Morningside outscored Dakota Wesleyan 52-26 in the second half to pull away for an 85-53 win Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa.

"I was pleased with the first half, I thought we played well," DWU coach Aaron Kahl said. "We did some things well, but we still have spurts where we're probably not mentally tough enough to do the things we need to compete against these tough teams."

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The Mustangs, 24-0 overall and 12-0 in the GPAC, jumped out to an early lead, but were never able to pull farther away than 10 points in the first half.

The Tigers were 4-for-9 from three-point range -- including three 3-pointers from Jessica Deinert -- had 20 rebounds and turned the ball over just five times in the first half and were only down 33-27 at the half.

"We executed the game plan we were really trying to do," Kahl said. "We knew we'd need to slow them down and limit their opportunities, and we were able to do that. Then we were able to limit our turnovers."

Once the second half started, Morningside took over.

The Mustangs took advantage over several DWU turnovers and went on a 10-5 run to grab an 11-point, 43-32 lead. They extended that lead to 20 points, 61-41, midway through the half, and kept the laed at or around 20 point for the rest of the game.

"They did a great job of really getting the ball inside and pounding it," Kahl said. "When we had to try and take away their inside game, they went to the perimeter and made a lot of threes. They really got into their element."

Allison Johnson led the Tigers with 12 points. Deinert finished with 11 and Ashley Mailey had 10. Maggie Malloy finished with nine points and nine rebounds and Sarah Mortenson had seven points, six rebounds and five assists.

"(Malloy) started to help us match up a little better and she played hard," Kahl said. "She's getting more confident as we go along, and we need her to stay confident and be a big contribu-tor."

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Autumn Bartel led a balanced Mustang offense with 20 points. Laura Nelson added 14, Gass had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and Brittany Williamson had nine points and nine rebounds.

Dakota Wesleyan is now 11-13 and 4-8 and is back home Sun-day for a 1 p.m. game against Mount Marty.

No. 1 MORNINGSIDE 85

DAKOTA WESLEYAN 53

Dakota Wesleyan (11-13, 4-8)

Allison Johnson 4-8 2-4 12; Ashley Johnson 0-4 0-0 0; Sarah Mortenson 2-10 2-3 7; Maggie Malloy 3-9 2-4 9; Ashley Mailey 5-9 0-0 20; Heidi Lusk 0-1 0-0 0; Ashley Pommer 0-0 0-0 0; Jessica Bartscher 0-1 0-0 0; Jessica Deinert 4-8 0-0 11; Angela Noteboom 2-4 0-0 4; Marie Olson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-54 6-11 53.

Morningside (24-0, 12-0)

Dani Gass 3-6 4-5 10; Leslie Foral 2-7 4-4 9; Autumn Bartel 7-11 4-4 20; Laura Nelson 5-11 0-0 14; Brittany Williamson 4-10 1-1 9; Nicole Van Heek 1-1 0-0 3; Kayla Weerheim 3-5 0-0 7; Sarah Culp 1-1 0-0 3; Mackenzi Mendlik 0-1 0-0 0; Brittany Alfredson 0-0 0-0 0; Jahde Hammer 0-0 0-0 0; Erica Luetje 0-0 0-0 0; Cara Anderson 0-0 2-2 2; Emily Christen 0-3 1-2 1; Roni Miller 2-5 3-4 7. Totals 28-61 19-22 85.

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Halftime score: DWU 27, MC 33. Three-point goals: 7-20 (Deinert 3-7), MC 10-22 (Nelson 4-10). Rebounds: DWU 34 (Malloy 9), MC 38 (Williamson 9). Assists: DWU 14 (Mortenson 5), MC 22 (Gass 6). Turnovers: DWU 15, MC 6. Steals: DWU 4 (Malloy 2), MC 9 (Bartel 3). Blocks: DWU 2 (Noteboom 2), MC 2.

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