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Carr's 32 points lead hot-shooting DWU past CSM

OMAHA, Neb.—Junior Sarah Carr has emerged as a major scoring threat this season for the No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team.

Carr entered Saturday's Great Plains Athletic Conference game against the College of Saint Mary averaging 17.4 points per game, but she found her shooting stroke like never before.

The Huron native scorched the Flames for a career-high 32 points on 12 of 18 shooting amd eight rebounds as the Tigers secured an 84-55 road win.

"She was able to get the ball and did some good things," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said. "They didn't really have an answer for her. She did a really good job of finishing in the paint and she was able to step out hit some really big shots for us, too."

DWU started hot, leading by 11 points at the end of the first quarter, but CSM made a 13-7 run in the second to cut the lead to 28-23, thanks to some stellar outside shooting.

The Tigers, though, were able to regroup and finish the half on a 13-3 run to take a 15-point lead that would never be challenged in the second half.

"They hit some 3s on us to get that close and we weren't switching on screens very well," Christensen said. "We did a much better job after that."

After DWU settled in defensively, its offensive output was no match for the Flames, as the Tigers shot 58.9 percent from the field for the game and 66.7 percent on two-point shots, which helped overcome 17 turnovers.

Kynedi Cheeseman had 17 points and Makaela Karst had 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Rylie Osthus also added six points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

"I feel like we've got 11 kids that can score in double figures on any given night," Christensen said. "The kids were playing well and shooting well."

Peyton Hagen had 13 points for the College of Saint Mary (2-16, 1-10 GPAC).

Dakota Wesleyan (17-1, 10-1 GPAC) plays at No. 13 Dordt on Wednesday.

Dakota Wesleyan 84, College of Saint Mary 55

Dakota Wesleyan (17-1): Makaela Karst 5-6 1-3 11, Rylie Osthus 3-6 0-0 6, Madison Mathews 0-2 2-2 2, Kynedi Cheeseman 7-10 1-1 17, Sarah Carr 12-18 6-6 32, Sam Schuh 2-5 0-0 5, Kaylee Kirk 0-2 3-3 3, Rebecca Buchholz 0-1 0-0 0, Kathryn Parsley 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Gottlob 1-1 0-0 2, Sydney Halling 3-5 0-0 6, Meghan Travis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-56 13-15 84.

College of Saint Mary (2-16): Alyssa Laudato 3-7 0-0 7, Ashley Nelson 1-2 3-5 5, Trista Merrival 3-13 0-0 7, Corryne Millett 2-10 0-0 4, Lynsey Curran 4-8 0-1 10, Peyton Hagen 5-6 0-0 13, Veronica Kobza 3-4 0-0 7, Asana King 0-2 0-0 0, Alleigh Gates 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 21-53 5-8 55.

3-point field goals: DWU 5-14 (Cheeseman 2-3, Carr 2-4, Schuh 1-3, Osthus 0-1, Kirk 0-1, Mathews 0-2), CSM 8-18 (Hagen 3-3, Curran 2-5, Kobza 1-1, Laudato 1-2, Merrival 1-7). Rebounds: DWU 34 (Carr 8), CSM 19 (Merrival 4). Assists DWU 22 (Osthus 4), CSM 13 (Nelson 4). Blocked shots: DWU 1 (Halling), CSM 1 (Curran). Steals: DWU 6 (Osthus 2), CSM 7 (Nelson 2). Turnovers: DWU 17, CSM 21. Total fouls: DWU 14, CSM 18.

DWU 21 41 64 84

CSM 10 26 39 55