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DWU women rally past Lancers

Mount Marty's Sarah Castaneda (42) tries to block Dakota Wesleyan junior Kynedi Cheeseman's layup during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Wednesday in Yankton. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

YANKTON—With a struggling offense on Wednesday, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team needed the extra shots created by its defense to take down Mount Marty, 64-59, at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game.

Mount Marty turned the ball over 22 times, thanks in part to 11 DWU steals. That led to No. 2 DWU attempting 24 more shots, allowing it to lose the rebounding battle, 30-24, and shoot 33.8 percent and still topped a Lancer team that made 51.2 percent of their shots.

"We weren't ready to play," DWU assistant coach Celeste Beck said. "We came out and went through the motions. Our defense was terrible, and we just let Mount Marty do whatever they wanted this game."

As a result of "going through the motions," three Lancers cracked double-digits. Karlee McKinney led Mount Marty with 16 points off the bench, while Peyton Stolle and Sammy Kasowski added 13 and 12, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Tigers struggled to find a rhythm on offense, leading to inconsistent results, especially in the second half.

Coming out of halftime, the Tigers scored the first nine points to take a 39-31 lead and erase a one-point halftime deficit. However, cold streaks prevented them from maintaining big leads or taking a double-digit lead, resulting in Mount Marty being within three points with under two minutes to play.

The Lancers (4-6, 1-6 GPAC) face-guarded Kynedi Cheeseman in the second half to help stay in the game, as she only scored two of her 15 points after halftime.

"It's hard to get her going when you constantly having someone in your face," Beck said.

However, a mixture of made free throws, poor Lancer passes and Rylie Osthus' shotmaking kept Mount Marty at a distance. DWU made 7 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes, while Osthus took over to score 10 of her 19 points in the final frame, and also added five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

"It's just a matter of being smart with the basketball," Osthus said on her fourth-quarter performance. "My teammates were really good getting rebounds and offensive boards."

The Tigers grabbed eight offensive rebounds and only allowed two.

In the first half, the Tigers leaned on Cheeseman, though, who had 11 first-quarter points. Despite leading 15-11 after the first, the Tigers said they came out flat and not ready to play, especially on offense where they were timid and settled for shots.

DWU missed its first four field-goal attempts of the game and couldn't capitalize on holding Mount Marty scoreless for nearly three minutes to start. Their timidness continued into the second quarter, where it was outscored 20-15 to trail 31-30 at halftime.

"We did not play our best," said Karst, who scored 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting and four assists. "We had terrible defense. We need to come out and be ready to play, which we've struggled with the last couple of games."

No. 2 DWU (11-0, 7-0 GPAC) plays Doane University at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Crete, Nebraska.

No. 2 Dakota Wesleyan 64, Mount Marty 59

Dakota Wesleyan (11-0): Rylie Osthus 6-11 5-6 19, Kynedi Cheeseman 6-15 2-2 15, Makaela Karst 3-6 4-5 11, Sarah Carr 2-9 4-4 8, Sydney Halling 3-13 0-2 6, Madison Mathews 1-5 0-0 3, Kaylee Kirk 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 22-65 15-19 64.

Mount Mary (4-6): Karlee McKinney 5-8 3-4 16, Peyton Stolle 5-6 2-2 13, Sammy Kasowski 4-5 4-5 12, Jamie Tebben 1-4 1-2 4, Molly Koisti 2-2 0-0 4, Sarah Castaneda 2-6 0-0 4, Ali Kuca 1-5 0-0 3, Kelli Steffen 1-2 1-2 3, Karissa Chamley 0-2 0-0 0, Mikayla Prouty 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-41 11-15 59.

DWU 15 15 16 18 64

MM 11 20 7 21 59

3-point field goals: DWU 5-20 (Osthus 2-2, Mathews 1-3, Cheeseman 1-4, Karst 1-4, Kirk 0-1, Halling 0-2, Carr 0-4); MM 6-15 (McKinney 3-4, Stolle 1-1, Tebben 1-2, Kuca 1-4, Castaneda 0-1, Chamley 0-1, Prouty 0-1, Kasowski 0-1). Fouled out: Carr, Kasowski. Rebounds: DWU 24 (Osthus 5, Mathews 5); MM 30 (Stolle 7). Assists: DWU 11 (Karst 4); MM 10 (Castaneda 3). Blocked shots: DWU 3 (Osthus 2); MM 3 (Stolle 2). Steals: DWU 11 (Osthus 3, Cheeseman 3, Halling 3); MM 2 (Prouty 1, Stolle 1). Turnovers: DWU 6; MM 22. Total fouls: DWU 20; MM 18. Attendance: 1,017.

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