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Dakota Wesleyan women drop road overtime contest at Jamestown

Tigers come up short in overtime battle

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. — A valiant effort came up short in overtime for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team Wednesday night at the University of Jamestown, with the host Jimmies taking a 78-75 Great Plains Athletic Conference win.

DWU shot 51.6 percent in the game but were hurt by 21 turnovers and a disparity in free throw shooting. The Tigers were 7 of 10 at the line, while UJ was 16-for-21 on free throws, allowing the Jimmies to overcome a 39.7 percent shooting night.

Holding an eight-point lead with a Rynn Osthus layup at the halftime horn, the Tigers expanded the lead in the third quarter, leading by 14 early in the second half and a 49-38 lead with 1:57 left in the quarter after Lacey Sprakel had a three-point play. That was followed by the Jimmies scoring the final 10 points of the quarter, cutting DWU’s advantage to 49-48.

In the fourth quarter, DWU led by five points with 1:14 remaining with a 3-pointer from Osthus, before the Jimmies tied the game with a Hannah DeMars three-point play and a Kia Tower layup with 31 seconds left to tie the game at 67.

In overtime, DWU trailed 74-71 before Campbell had a layup and two free throws to put the Tigers ahead 75-74 with 1:08 left. Jamestown answered with a pair of free throws, and added two more after an empty DWU possession. The Tigers had a pair of 3-pointer looks in the final 10 seconds to tie the game but couldn’t get the shots to fall to extend the game.

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The Tigers (3-2, 0-2 GPAC) were led by Campbell, who had 25 points and 13 rebounds, bolstered by an 11-for-14 shooting performance from the field. Osthus had 17 points, with Kaylee Kirk adding 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals, playing 44 of the 45 minutes before fouling out.

Tower and DeMars had 16 points each, with Noelle Josephson had 15 points for Jamestown (4-2, 1-1 GPAC), which had 15 offensive rebounds but lost the overall rebound battle, 39-36, to DWU. Megan Oswald led all players off the bench with 10 points.

DWU will take on the College of St. Mary on Sunday afternoon in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game, before heading to Hawaii for a pair of games over Thanksgiving. Sunday’s tipoff is at 4 p.m. in Omaha.

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