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Fourth quarter lifts Dakota Wesleyan women over Jamestown as Tigers keep pace near top of GPAC standings

DWU opens three-game homestand by avenging earlier loss to the Jimmies

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Matti Reiner (34) looks for an outlet while surrounded by University of Jamestown defenders during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
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MITCHELL — It wasn’t always comfortable, but the Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball team weathered a third-quarter surge from visiting Jamestown to pick up a 64-49 win in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest Wednesday night at the Corn Palace.

DWU saw a 10-point halftime lead evaporate within the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half, but quieted the Jimmies down the stretch to keep pace near the top of the GPAC standings. The Tigers' victory Wednesday avenged a 78-75 overtime loss from the teams’ first meeting on Nov. 17.

DWU held Jamestown to 7 of 26 (26.9%) shooting in the first half, as the Tigers grew their lead to as much as 13 points and took a 33-23 lead into the locker room.

The Jimmies started the second half with a run to cut the lead to a single point in the first 2 1/2 minutes of the third quarter. Later in the period, the visitors tied the game and briefly took a one-point lead, but DWU responded to carry a 45-43 advantage into the final 10 minutes.

Back-to-back triples by Isabel Ihnen and Kaylee Kirk instantly pushed the lead back to eight, and that’s all the Tigers would need, as DWU outscored the opposition 19-6 in the fourth quarter.

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Matti Reiner led all scorers with 20 points to go with 13 rebounds (13 and five of which came in the first half) and three assists, while Jada Campbell came up just shy of her own double-double after posting nine points and eight rebounds. Kirk recorded 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and five steals, as Isabel Ihnen tallied eight points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals off the bench for DWU.

Jamestown (16-9, 9-8 GPAC) was paced by a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double from Hannah DeMars, who added two assists and three steals. Kia Tower and Sarah Lenz each chipped in nine points, with Noelle Josephson contributing eight before fouling out.

DWU (19-6, 11-6 GPAC) hosts the College of Saint Mary at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Corn Palace.

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