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DWU women cruise past Doane

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DWU's Sarah Carr (40) shoot over a Doane defender during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University came to play.

The No. 14 Tigers built a 58-point lead by the fourth quarter and didn’t play their starters the final 10 minutes on Saturday at the Corn Palace. They still took a 60-point lead and set a new season-high scoring mark in a 98-41 win over Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Doane University (Neb.).

“Today we really focused on our defense because we knew if our defense was there, our offense would follow,” Sarah Carr said. “I think we really picked up on our defense.”

DWU’s (10-4, 4-3) defense created offense plenty of times. Plankinton native Makaela Karst blocked a 3-pointer, leading to an easy layup for Alexandria native Kynedi Cheeseman in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Carr, who had a team-high 23 points, hit one of her five 3s, followed by Kaylee Kirk stealing the inbounds pass for a layup. Kirk stole a second straight inbounds pass, too.

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“We wanted to focus on our defense,” said Tripp native Matti Reiner, who had three blocks and two steals. “It’s something we worked on all week. We watched the film from (Dakota State) and knew if we wanted to come out and make a statement, we’d have to have good defense.”

Statement made.

Doane (1-11, 0-7) entered shooting 26.7 percent from 3-point range. Therefore, DWU took away the paint and recovered on 3-pointer shooters, forcing the visiting Tigers into 5-for-23 3-point shooting. Doane shot 25.4 percent from the field and turned it over 14 times.

DWU’s stout defense paired with its 49.4 percent shooting -- 61.5 percent through the first three quarters -- and 17-for-32 3-point shooting helped it take a 56-14 halftime lead. Doane defenders struggled to fight through screens and stop DWU’s constant cutting to the basket, with the Tigers only turning it over four times.

“We did a good job with our ball movement,” DWU coach Jason Christensen said. “... He went to a zone today, and we’ve struggled with zones. Today, I thought we shot the ball really well and we looked at the high post a couple of times when he went zone.”

DWU’s ball movement led to 31 assists on 38 makes, including Kirk’s team-high six. Reiner and Cheeseman, who scored eight points, both dished out five assists, too.

The constant ball movement led to a balanced scoring attack. Karst (12), Jessica Mieras (11) and Haylee Mork (11) all reached double figures. Reiner added nine points and seven rebounds, while Kirk finished with six points and a team-best nine boards.

“We cut off our teammates,” Carr said. “We gave it to the open girl and they knocked it down.”

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DWU plays Florida National at the Cruzin Classic on Wednesday in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

No. 14 Dakota Wesleyan University 94, Doane University 41

Doane (1-11, 0-7): Cheyenne Ostrander 1-4 0-0 2, Bailey Zarybnicky 0-5 0-0 0, Halle Konz 0-3 0-0 0, McKenzie Beach 0-6 0-0 0, Haylee Heits 5-14 3-4 15, Emma Kennedy 0-3 0-0 0, Ashley Teten 2-5 0-2 5, Taylor Perry 1-9 1-2 3, Hadley Wiemer 0-0 0-0 0, Sydney Roth 3-6 0-0 8, Azaiya Trainor 4-8 0-0 8. Team totals: 16-63 4-8 41.

Dakota Wesleyan (10-3, 4-3): Kaylee Kirk 2-2 2-2 6, Makaela Karst 5-7 0-0 12, Kynedi Cheeseman 4-9 0-0 8, Matti Reiner 3-6 0-2 9, Sarah Carr 8-13 2-2 23, Kelsey Valencia 0-3 0-0 0, Rynn Osthus 1-2 0-0 2, Payton Morgan 0-4 0-0 0, Lexi Valencia 1-3 0-0 2, Ava Burns 0-3 0-0 0, Haylee Mork 4-4 0-0 11, Kamryn Heinz 2-4 1-2 6, Grace Imbery 1-2, 0-0 3, Megan Poyer 1-3 0-0 2, Jessica Mieras 5-8 0-0 11, Sydnaya Dunn 1-4 0-0 3. Team totals: 38-77 5-8 98.

D 11 15 25 41

DWU 29 56 83 98

3-point field goals: D 5-23 (Heits 2-8, Roth 2-3, Teten 1-2, Trainor 0-2, Perry 0-1, Beach 0-4, Zarybnicky 0-3); DWU 17-32 (Karst 2-3, Reiner 3-4, Carr 5-6, Mork 3-3, Heinz 1-2, Dunn 1-1, Imbery 1-1, Mieras 1-1, Cheeseman 0-3, K. Valencia 0-3, Morgan 0-3, L. Valencia 0-2). Rebounds: D 34 (Teten 7, Ostrander 6, Heits 6); DWU 47 (Kirk 9, Reiner 7, Karst 6). Assists: D 6 (Ostrander 2); DWU 31 (Kirk 6, Cheeseman 5, Reiner 5). Steals: D 2; DWU 10 (Kirk 3, Reiner 2). Blocked shots: D 2; DWU 6 (Reiner 3, Karst 2). Turnovers: D 14; DWU 4. Total fouls: D 7; DWU 8. A: 1,328.

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