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DWU women extend winning streak to five: Osthus, Carr both score 22 points at Dordt

Dakota Wesleyan University's Rylie Osthus (10) dribbles off the screen of teammate Sarah Carr (40) on Dordt College's Siennah Stamness (5) as Makayla De Young (30) moves in to defend the first half of a game on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa—The No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team continued to win big on Wednesday.

It extended its winning streak to five games, which have all come by double-digits, as it pulled away from 12th-ranked Dordt College in the fourth quarter for an 81-66 win in Great Plains Athletic Conference play. This is also the third ranked team DWU has beaten in its last four games.

"It was a big win for us just for the fact (Dordt's) pretty tough there and they're a very good basketball team," DWU coach Jason Christensen said. "We showed a lot of mental toughness and we played a real good game."

After being outscored 16-15 in the third quarter, the Tigers' lead was cut to 58-52. However, Madison Mathews' 3-pointer with 4:23 left to play helped DWU hold the final momentum swing, stretching the lead to 14. Mathews finished with 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting and two 3-pointers, along with four rebounds and three steals.

"Mathews was really good today," Christensen said. "I thought she probably played the best game of her career today. She did a lot of little things you probably don't see on the stat sheet."

DWU (18-1, 11-1 GPAC) relied on Rylie Osthus early, though. She scored DWU's first seven points, helping it take a 20-15 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Coming out of halftime with a 43-36 lead, the Defenders started to press DWU, which led to Sarah Carr finding open looks.

Osthus and Carr both had a team-high 22 points, while Alexandria native Kynedi Cheeseman and Plankinton native Makaela Karst both added 11. Karst and Cheeseman also led the team with six rebounds apiece, with Karst collecting five steals.

Despite not pulling away until the fourth, Christensen said he was pleased with his team's ability to keep Dordt (15-5, 8-4 GPAC) at a distance.

With the Tigers' focus on stopping Annie Rhinesmith, who scored 13 points for the Defenders, Erika Feenstra was able to get loose for a game-high 28 points on 9 of 11 shooting from the field and 10-for-14 from the free-throw line.

"I thought we did a really good job on (Rhinesmith) and that was probably the difference in the game," Christensen said, noting her 20 points against the Tigers earlier in the year. "... I said coming down here, we have to do a better job on her. We kind of let Feenstra have her points, but held everyone else in check."

DWU also forced 24 turnovers, while committing 16 giveaways, and won the rebounding battle 31-30. Both teams grabbed eight offensive boards.

The Tigers host Midland University at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corn Palace.

No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan women 81, No. 12 Dordt 66

Dakota Wesleyan (18-1, 11-1): Rylie Osthus 7-19 7-7 22, Sarah Carr 7-11 6-6 22, Madison Mathews 5-5 1-4 13, Makaela Karst 4-5 3-4 11, Kynedi Cheeseman 4-11 3-4 11, Kaylee Kirk 1-1 0-0 2, Sydney Halling 0-4 0-0 0, Rebecca Buchholz 0-0 0-0 0, Kathryn Parsley 0-0 0-0 0, Natalie Gottlob 0-0 0-0 0, Shannon O'Malley 0-0 0-0 0, Meghan Travis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-56 20-25 81.

Dordt (15-5, 8-4): Erika Feenstra 9-11 10-14 28, Annie Rhinesmith 4-6 3-4 13, Mari Smitsdorff 4-6 1-2 9, Jordyn Van Maanen 2-3 0-0 4, Rachel Evavold 1-6 2-2 4, Baylee Tetzlaff 1-4 0-0 3, Payton Harmsen 1-9 0-0 3, Mya Chmielewski 1-2 0-0 2, Kenzie Bousema 0-2 0-0 0, Siennah Stamness 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 23-52 16-22 66.

DWU 20 43 58 81

DC 15 36 52 66

3-pointers: DWU 5-14 (Mathews 2-2, Carr 2-4, Osthus 1-4, Cheeseman 0-3, Karst 0-1); DC 4-18 (Rhinesmith 2-3, Harmsen 1-9, Tetzlaff 1-3, Stamness 0-2, Feenstra 0-1). Rebounds: DWU 31 (Karst 6, Cheeseman 6); DC 30 (Harmsen 8, Stamness 7, Bouseman 5). Assists: DWU 11 (Osthus 4, Karst 3); DC 12 (Van Maanen 3, Stamness 3). Steals: DWU 17 (Karst 5, Mathews 3, Cheeseman 3); DC 9 (Harmsen 2, Rhinesmith 2, Stamness 2, Bousema 2). Blocks: DWU 2 (Karst 1, Halling 1); DC 1 (Smitsdorff 1). Turnovers: DWU 16; DC 24. Total fouls: DWU 17; DC 23.

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