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DWU women frustrate Mount Marty shooters in one-sided home victory

The Tigers improved to 16-4 on the season with the win

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Isabel Ihnen (30) makes a move to the basket around Mount Marty's Callie Otkin during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
Matt Gade/Mitchell Republic
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MITCHELL — The Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball team never trailed on the way to a 68-39 win over Mount Marty in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest Sunday afternoon at the Corn Palace.

The Tigers built an early double-digit advantage that the Lancers were only able to cut to single digits for 65 seconds the rest of the game, all in the first quarter. DWU pulled ahead by scores of 22-8 after the first quarter and 33-18 at halftime, as the Tigers led by as many as 21 points in the opening 20 minutes. DWU carried a 49-28 lead into the fourth quarter, where the lead would grow to its largest of the contest at 31 points.

With the win, DWU completed a regular season sweep of the Lancers. The Tigers won the first meeting 73-34 on Dec. 30 in Yankton.

Lacey Sprakel scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench for the Tigers, while Rynn Osthus added 11 points, five rebounds and four assists and Jada Campbell posted 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Matti Reiner tallied nine points and five assists, with Kaylee Kirk chipping in seven points, seven rebounds and three assists. Defensively, DWU held the Lancers to 13 of 57 (22.8%) shooting, including a 5 of 31 (16.1%) mark from 3-point range.

Mount Marty (2-18,1-12 GPAC) was led by 11 points from Aubrey Twedt, nine of which came on 3-point field goals, as Kiara Berndt scored seven points off the bench. Former Mitchell High School players Macy Kempf and Camryn Krogman, both freshmen, combined for six points, 10 rebounds and a pair of assists in their return to the Corn Palace. Kempf’s eight rebounds led the Lancers.

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DWU (16-4, 8-4 GPAC) is away at Hastings on Jan. 21.

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