DWU women claim first GPAC victory on the road

Tigers (4-2) now head to Hawaii for two games

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OMAHA, Neb. — Powered by four double-figure scorers, Dakota Wesleyan earned its first Great Plains Athletic Conference victory of the women’s basketball season, a 74-63 win at the College of St. Mary on Sunday.

Both Kaylee Kirk and Jada Campbell scored 18 points for DWU, including 12 of 14 shooting at the free-throw line from Kirk in the Tigers’ win, in which DWU forced 22 turnovers and committed only nine. That led to a 27-9 advantage for DWU in points off turnovers.

Kirk added eight rebounds, six steals and four assists. Matti Reiner had 16 points, with Natalie Gottlob scoring 13 points off the bench for the Tigers and Isabel Ihnen adding nine points for the extent of DWU’s scoring.

The Tigers (4-2, 1-2 GPAC) led the game 35-32 at halftime and held a four-point advantage after three quarters, but used a 23-16 final frame to salt away the victory. The Flames were within two point with 3:08 remaining before Matti Reiner hit a jump shot with 2:44 left to lead 64-60 and Campbell scored the next time down to make it 66-60 and allowed DWU to seal the game with free throws in the closing minutes.

DWU outrebounded CSM 40-34, including 17 offensive rebounds. DWU finished the game shooting 35.9% from the field in the game but converted 26 of 33 free throws, while the Flames were 14 of 21 on free-throw attempts.


CSM (7-2, 1-2 GPAC) received 13 points from Alyssa Marsh-Contreras and 11 points each from Madelyn Turner and Honnah Leo.

The Tigers will play the University of Hawaii-Hilo at 6 p.m. Central (2 p.m. Hawaii time) on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Hilo, Hawaii, followed by a 6:30 p.m. Central game with Chaminade on Friday, Nov. 26 in Honolulu. Both opponents are NCAA Division II foes.

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