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DWU kicks off 3 games in 7 days with Mount Marty doubleheader Sunday

Mount Marty men, women both at bottom of GPAC standings

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Grace Fryda (24) and the rest of the Tigers bench celebrate a basket during a game against Midland University on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
Matt Gade/Mitchell Republic
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The Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams have a busy week.

It begins Sunday with a doubleheader against Mount Marty at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Mount Marty's men and women's teams sit at the bottom of the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings.

The women's game is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, while the men will begin shortly afterward at about 3:45 p.m.

The Tigers then hit the road later to play at Hastings on Friday, Jan. 21, and at Doane on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Here's a look at the match-ups Sunday against Mount Marty:

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The Tigers bench celebrates a basket by the reserve players during a game against Midland University on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
Matt Gade/Mitchell Republic

DWU women vs. Mount Marty:

Where/when: 2 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

Dakota Wesleyan University is 15-4 overall and 7-4 in the GPAC, sitting in fifth in the conference. The Tigers, who average 71.8 points per game, snapped a two-game skid on Wednesday, Jan. 12, with a 95-50 win over Midland.

Here are the full women's GPAC basketball standings.

Matti Reiner (12.6 points) and Jada Campbell (11.9 points) lead DWU in scoring average.

Mount Marty (2-17, 1-11 GPAC) is averaging 50.5 points a game. The team is on a seven-game losing streak and its last win came on Dec. 19. Eve Miller, a junior forward, leads the team in scoring at 9.8 points per game.

DWU men vs. Mount Marty:

Where/when: 3:45 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

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The Tigers bench celebrates a basket during a game against Midland University on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
Matt Gade/Mitchell Republic

The DWU men snapped a four-game losing streak on Wednesday, Jan. 12, with an overtime victory at the Corn Palace over Midland . It was DWU's first win since Dec. 4.

The Tigers, averaging 69 points per game, are 7-10 overall and 4-6 in the GPAC. They sit in ninth place in the 11-team conference. Koln Oppold leads DWU in scoring and rebounding with 13.1 points and 7 rebounds per game.

Here are the full GPAC men's basketball standings.

Nick Wittler (11.1 points) and Jeffrey Schuch (10.5 points) are also regular contributors.

Mount Marty is 5-15 overall and 1-10 in the GPAC. The Lancers average 70.3 points per game and have played two straight overtime contests, including a 70-67 win over Concordia on Jan. 5 and a 83-81 loss to Northwestern on Jan. 12.

The Lancers are led by three seniors, including forward Tyrell Harper at 14.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Guards Nick Coleman (13.5 points) and Elijah Pappas (13.4 points) are also scoring threats.

DWU's next three games: at Hastings, Jan. 21; at Doane, Jan. 22; home vs. Dordt, Jan. 26. (NOTE: All three are conference doubleheaders for men-women).

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 lhagen@mitchellrepublic.com.
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