Did you know the DWU men, women are unbeaten at the Corn Palace this season?

A primer headed into tonight's doubleheader vs. Briar Cliff.

Dakota Wesleyan University's Jeffrey Schuch finishes a left hand layup over Hasting College's Mathias Nchekwube during a Great Plains Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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Protect home court.

Dakota Wesleyan University has done just that this season. Both the men and women's basketball teams have played four games at the Corn Palace and neither has yet to suffer defeat in front of the home crowd.

That's headed into tonight's Great Plains Athletic Conference doubleheader against Briar Cliff. The women's game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and the men afterward.

Here is a primer of both matchups, along with a couple stories we've recently put together on the teams.

DWU vs. Briar Cliff - Women's game


Dakota Wesleyan University women against Bellevue University on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 during a game at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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When: 6 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

DWU is 14-2 overall and 6-2 in the GPAC, while No. 23 Briar Cliff is 8-6 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

Wesleyan is averaging 72.7 points per game and has won 11 straight games. Matti Reiner is leading the team in scoring at 13.1 points per game and Jada Campbell is at 12.9 points per game.

Briar Cliff has lost two straight games and is led by Madelyn Deitchler, who averages 16.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Stingy defense leading to efficient offense for DWU women's basketball

DWU vs. Briar Cliff - Men's game


When: 7:45 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

Dakota Wesleyan is 6-8 overall and 3-4 in the GPAC. The Tigers have lost their past two games and are led by Koln Oppold, who averages 13.6 points per game. The team averages 68.5 points per game.

Briar Cliff is 9-6 overall and 5-2 in the GPAC. It has won five of its past six games and averages 76.1 points per game. Kyle Boerhave leads Briar Cliff in scoring at 15.1 points per game.

Dakota Wesleyan's Koln Oppold drives to the basket past Dakota State's Jaxon Simons in the first half of their men's basketball game on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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Confidence helps ascent for Dakota Wesleyan guard Nick Wittler
Belgium product Alan Kikwaki finds a home with Dakota Wesleyan men's basketball

Check back with the Mitchell Republic after the games for photos and coverage.

Luke Hagen was promoted to editor of the Mitchell Republic in 2014. He has worked for the newspaper since 2008 and has covered sports, outdoors, education, features and breaking news. He can be reached at
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