FREMONT, Neb. -- Dakota Wesleyan University made nine of its first 12 shots in a scorching start that netted 27 first-quarter points to top Midland on Sunday.

The No. 12 Tigers made 55.2 percent of their shots in the first half and did not slow down in the second, finishing the game shooting 57.4 percent to score an 80-62 win over the Warriors in Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s basketball play.

DWU (14-6, 7-5 GPAC) rebounded from a loss to Dordt on Wednesday and have now won 19 of its last 20 games following a loss dating back to the 2016-2017 season.

The Tigers led by 13 points at halftime, but Midland (7-14, 3-10 GPAC) scored 23 points in the third quarter to trim the lead to 58-50 heading into the final frame. DWU would overcome 11 second-half turnovers as Sarah Carr scored seven of her team-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and Haylee Mork hit two of her three 3-pointers to outscore the Warriors 22-12.

Carr and Kynedi Cheeseman both topped 20 points in the same game for the third time this season. Carr recorded her second consecutive 20-point outing, doing so on 9 of 12 shooting, scoring 13 of those points on 5-for-7 shooting in the second half.

Cheeseman started 3 of 8, but hit five of her last nine shots to finish with 20 points, six rebounds and three steals for her 10th 20-point game of the year.

Makaela Karst also had 10 points and five rebounds, while Kaylee Kirk had eight points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Mork also came off the bench to score nine points on 3 of 3 shooting from beyond the 3-point line.

Midland���s Amanda Hansen led all scorers with 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. Emma Shepard pitched in 13 points and five steals as the Tigers limited the Warriors to 34 percent shooting.

DWU returns to action against No. 2 Hastings at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Corn Palace.



Dakota Wesleyan 80, Midland 62

Dakota Wesleyan (14-6): Kaylee Kirk 3-5 2-2 8, Makaela Karst 4-6 1-4 10, Kynedi Cheeseman 8-17 2-2 20, Sarah Carr 9-12 4-6 23, Jessica Mieras 2-6 0-0 4, Kelsey Valencia 0-0 0-0 0, Rynn Osthus 1-2 0-0 3, Lexi Valencia 0-0 0-0 0, Haylee Mork 3-3 0-0 9, Kamryn Heinz 1-2 0-0 2, Matti Reiner 0-0 1-2 1, Sydnaya Dunn 0-1 0-0 0, Grace Imbery 0-0 0-0 0, Megan Poyer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-54 10-16 80.

Midland (7-14): Makenna Sullivan 0-1 2-2 2, Maddie Meadows 0-3 2-4 2, Amanda Hansen 8-16 9-12 27, Katy Gathje 3-9 2-2 8, Casey Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Kara Jennings 0-0 0-0 0, Peyton Wingert 0-2 2-2 2, Emma Shepard 4-4 2-3 13, Lexis Haase 0-2 0-0 0, Sam Shepard 1-7 2-2 5, Erin Prusa 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-50 21-27 62.

DWU 27 40 58 80

MID 11 27 50 62

3-point field goals: DWU 8-19 (Mork 3-3, Cheeseman 2-9, Osthus 1-1, Carr 1-2, Karst 1-2, Mieras 0-1, Heinz 0-1), MID 7-20 (E.Shepard 3-3, Hansen 2-4, Meadows 1-3, S.Shepard 1-7, Wingert 0-1, Haase 0-1, Kraft 0-1). Fouled out: Haase. Rebounds: DWU 35 (Cheeseman 6, Kirk 6), MID 20 (Hansen 6). Assists: DWU 17 (Kirk 8), MID 12 (Sullivan 4). Steals: DWU 12 (Cheeseman 3, Kirk 3), MID 10 (E.Shepard 5). Blocked shots: DWU 3 (Three players with 1), MID 1 (Kraft). Total fouls: DWU 19, MID 16. Turnovers: DWU 20, MID 18.