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DWU women reach century mark in home rout of College of Saint Mary

Saturday’s win was DWU’s first time scoring 100 or more points since hanging 102 on the Flames in the Corn Palace on Feb. 2, 2019 in a 102-51 win.

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Dakota Wesleyan's Matti Reiner (34) goes up for a layup in front of a College of Saint Mary defender during a Great Plains Athletic Conference college basketball game on Nov. 19, 2022, at the Corn Palace. Reiner scored her 1,000th career point for DWU during the third quarter of the contest.
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MITCHELL -- Saturday’s Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball win over the College of Saint Mary was full of superlatives in the Tigers’ favor.

The Tigers, ranked No. 7 in the country, forced 26 turnovers and shot 57% from the field in the first half to build a 51-18 intermission lead and closed out a 100-40 win over the Great Plains Athletic Conference opposition Flames at the Corn Palace.

Saturday’s win was DWU’s first time scoring 100 or more points since hanging 102 on the Flames in the Corn Palace on Feb. 2, 2019 in a 102-51 win. It was a bounceback performance for the Tigers after DWU dropped a 71-64 decision at Jamestown on Nov. 16 for its first loss of the season.

“The ball went in today, and it didn’t go in on Wednesday,” DWU coach Jason Christensen said. “Defensively, we paid attention to the scouting report, and I think we did a good job of bouncing back. We listened, we played hard and we did the things that we stress as a program.”

Already leading 30-13 after one quarter, DWU held the Flames to 2-for-10 shooting in the second quarter and outscored CSM by a score of 21-5 in the second 10 minutes, including forcing 14 turnovers.

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“It started with our energy and that’s the most important thing for us,” Christensen said. “Our kids came out with a lot of energy and they wanted to be here.”

Also welcomed for the Tigers was a solid day shooting 3-pointers. The Tigers shot 27.7% from deep during the 2021-22 season and were at 22.4% on the year entering Saturday but made 11-of-19 shots from distance in their home opener. It was DWU’s first game with at least 10 3-pointers in 59 games, dating back to a Dec. 9, 2020 game against Northwestern at the Corn Palace.

“We had good looks, we got our feet ready, shot the ball and it went in,” Christensen said. “We didn’t do anything special. They had a 2-3 zone and they were the same looks we had on Wednesday and against Morningside and today they went in.”

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Dakota Wesleyan's Morgan Edelman (14) drives around a College of Saint Mary defender toward the hoop during a Great Plains Athletic Conference college basketball game on Nov. 19, 2022, at the Corn Palace.
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Isabel Ihnen finished with 20 points, including making six 3-pointers and picking up six rebounds. Matti Reiner had 19 points and Jada Campbell scored 14 points, including 10 in the first half. Morgan Edelman had eight points and a game-high nine assists for the Tigers, helping the Tigers finish with 29 assists on 39 made field goals.

With a free throw in the third quarter, Reiner, a senior forward from Tripp, became the 28th player in DWU women’s basketball history to score at least 1,000 points.

“She’s very deserving,” Christensen said. “She’s a kid that works hard on and off the court. She’s already been accepted for a few schools (for graduate school), and after we had a tough loss on Wednesday, she had interviews for that on Thursday and she was fitting in basketball and school work in her schedule as well.”

Entering the game only averaging 54.3 points per game, CSM (2-5, 0-3 GPAC) dropped its fifth consecutive game of the season. Bailey White was the Flames’ only scorer in double figures with 12, while CSM finished shooting 29.8% and 4-for-19 on 3-pointers, plus 8-for-19 on free throws.

DWU (4-1, 2-1 GPAC) plays at Mount Marty at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a pre-Thanksgiving GPAC meeting at Cimpl Arena in Yankton.

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Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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