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Karly Gustafson earns all-tournament honors as Dordt finishes runners-up in NAIA women's basketball

The Ethan product was a standout in her junior season for the Defenders this season, averaging 12.6 points per game as Dordt went 29-9 and made a run to the NAIA title game

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Dordt College's Karly Gustafson grabs a rebound in front of Dakota Wesleyan University's Rynn Osthus (10) late in a Great Plains Athletic Conference victory on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Former Ethan High School girls basketball standout Karly Gustafson and the Dordt Defenders, finished as the runners-up in the NAIA womens basketball tournament after falling 77-65 in the championship game to Thomas More (Ky.) on Tuesday.

Gustafson led the Defenders in the championship game, finishing with 23 points on an efficient 10-for-19 shooting performance. She also led the team with eight rebounds along with shooting 3-for-5 from the free-throw line.

For her efforts in Sioux City, the 5-foot-11 junior was named to the all-tournament team, along with teammate Ashtyn Veerbeek. She also was awarded the tournament's Hustle Award, averaging 15.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.5% from the field in six tournament games, which included four double-doubles.

The Ethan product was a standout in her junior season for the Defenders this season, averaging 12.6 points per game as Dordt went 29-9 and made a run to the NAIA title game. She finished the season with 287 total rebounds and 115 offensive rebounds, which both ranked in the top-30 nationally in the NAIA.

Gustafson was a four-time all-state selection in Class B and was the Mitchell Republic player of the year in 2018-19 , after averaging 19.4 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in her senior year at Ethan.

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Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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