DWU women down No. 6 Jamestown

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- The Dakota Wesleyan University's women's basketball team capped off a three-game road swing with a win over the nationally ranked University of Jamestown on Wednesday.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - The Dakota Wesleyan University's women's basketball team capped off a three-game road swing with a win over the nationally ranked University of Jamestown on Wednesday.

The No. 12 Tigers outscored the No. 6 Jimmies 29-10 in the fourth quarter and won the non-conference game 86-75 in Jamestown, North Dakota. DWU's victory snapped a 16-game win streak for Jamestown and the Tigers have handed the Jimmies (20-3) two of their three losses this season.

"It is a huge win," DWU coach Jason Christensen said. "It's one of those wins that you are going to remember for a lifetime."

Kynedi Cheeseman powered the Tigers with 27 points and converted 12-for-13 at the free-throw line. As a team, DWU was 30-for-31 at the free-throw line.

"The biggest thing is we made our free throws," Christensen said. "We were getting to the rim in the second half, where in the first half we weren't."


Trailing 65-57 entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers (19-4) played nearly flawless down the stretch. DWU knotted the game 68-68 on a pair of Sarah Carr free throws with 4:30 left. Madison Mathews gave the Tigers a 71-68 lead on a 3-pointer and after that, DWU continued to hit shots and get stops.

"We were able to pull them in a half-court set the last five, six minutes," Christensen said. "We were able to score off of possessions and kind of take them out of their game and I thought we did a really good job of listening and just controlling the pace of the game in the last six minutes."

Cheeseman finished 7-for-8 at the foul line in the waning moments.

"She made some big free throws and made some big shots down the stretch," Christensen said. "She was playing like she wanted the ball in her hands and she did a good job of just seeing the floor and taking good shots when she needed to."

Carr and Amber Bray scored 13 points apiece, while Ashley Bray scored 12 points. Mathews and Rylie Osthus each scored 10 points.

The win capped a home-and-home sweep for the Tigers with Jamestown, after an 87-69 DWU win Oct. 31 at the Corn Palace.

Next up, the Tigers host No. 11 Hastings College at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Broncos have given DWU fits in recent meetings.

"We are 0-3 the last three times out with them," Christensen said. "So I know our kids are excited about getting on the floor and just being able to compete and see where we matchup with them again."


Dakota Wesleyan 86, Jamestown 75

Dakota Wesleyan (19-4): Rylie Osthus 3-5 4-4 10 Ashley Bray 3-7 5-5 12 Kynedi Cheeseman 7-16 12-13 27 Sarah Carr 5-9 3-3 13 Amber Bray 4-8 4-4 13 Madison Mathews 2-6 0-0 10 Makaela Karst 0-1 0-0 0 Chesney Nagel 1-1 0-0 2 Jessica Mieras 1-4 2-2 4 Totals 26-57 30-31 86

Jamestown (20-3): Allison Jablonsky 2-6 2-2 7 Bryn Woodside 4-15 1-2 11 McKayla Orr 3-8 5-11 11 Paige Emmel 6-10 4-4 19 Jory Mullen 2-7 0-0 4 Mya Buffetta 0-0 0-0 0 Emma Stoehr 0-0 0-0 0 Jenna Doyle 3-3 1-1 7 Marina Nowak 4-5 4-6 12 Mackenzie Sparby 2-4 0-0 4 Totals 26-58 17-26 75

DWU 18 36 57 86

UJ 22 46 65 75

3-pointers: DWU 4-14 (Cheeseman 1-2, Mathews 1-2, Amber Bray 1-3, Ashley Bray 1-4, Carr 0-2, Karst 0-1), UJ 6-21 (Emmel 3-6, Woodside 2-6, Jablonsky 1-4, Orr 0-3, Mullen 0-2). Rebounds-offensive: DWU 36-11 (Carr 8), UJ 31-11 (Orr 5), Total fouls: DWU 21, UJ 26. Fouled out: Nagel. Assists: DWU 9 (Osthus 4), UJ 11 (Woodside 7), Turnovers: DWU 12, UJ 12. Blocks: DWU 1 (Ashley Bray), UJ 5 (Sparby 2). Steals: DWU 4 (Cheeseman 3), UJ 6 (Nowak 2).

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