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DWU women shut down Mount Marty in GPAC win

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Dakota Wesleyan University's Kaylee Kirk, middle, drives to the basket past Mount Marty College's Callie Otkin (5) and Lexi Hochstein (11) during a Great Plains Athletic Conference game on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University didn’t realize what it accomplished in the second quarter until after the game.

The No. 13 Tigers held Mount Marty College scoreless for the entire second period and without a made field goal for 16 minutes, 17 seconds during their 73-42 win on Wednesday at the Corn Palace. It was 10 minutes of defensive dominance during a convincing Great Plains Athletic Conference victory.

“We didn’t know until after the fact, but you could tell we were getting stops throughout the runs,” Kaylee Kirk said. “It’s a pretty cool accomplishment.”

Mount Marty’s Hannah Williams, who scored a team-high 16 points, made a 3-pointer with 2:11 left in the first quarter. The Lancers (5-4, 1-4 GPAC) didn’t score again until Williams sank a pair of free throws with 8:30 remaining in the third. They didn’t make a field goal until Jamie Tebben made a layup with 5:54 left in the third.

Mount Marty missed 20 consecutive shots and turned it over eight times during that span, allowing DWU (8-2, 3-2) to open up a 37-16 halftime lead

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“That’s big time there to be able to do that,” DWU coach Jason Christensen said. “I’m proud of the kids, and (Mount Marty) is a good scoring team, too. To hold a team like that to no points in a quarter is pretty dang good.”
It was a strong defensive performance throughout for the Tigers, who held the Lancers to 25 percent shooting and 3-for-24 from beyond the arc.

Sarah Carr’s two blocks and six rebounds helped DWU’s strong post defense, as Mount Marty rarely got good looks or second chances -- DWU won the rebounding battle, 37-32. The Lancers were also victim to 16 giveaways, including 10 steals.

“Just talking, jumping to the ball and being in help defense,” said Kirk, who finished with nine rebounds, five assists and three steals. “We knew they wanted to do back cuts and run all over the place. We had to keep our girl in front and keep talking.”

Alexandria native Kynedi Cheeseman recorded a team-high four steals, while being part of a two-headed scoring attack alongside Carr. Despite being face-guarded, Cheeseman stayed patient and attacked the rim with and without the ball.

She finished with a game-high 26 points, moving into fourth on DWU’s all-time scoring list past former teammate Ashley Bray (1,689 career points). Cheeseman has 1,700 career points. Victoria Drefs (1,770) is third all-time.

Carr made five 3s en route to 25 points. But the Tigers oftentimes attacked the rim rather than settling for outside shots, especially when they shot 48.4 percent in the first half. They finished 7-for-21 from beyond the arc, but did make 4 of 7 in the final quarter.

“The past few games we haven’t been shooting well, so obviously were trying to get to the rim more,” Cheeseman said. “... We were taking what they were giving us.”

Plankinton native Makaela Karst added nine points, five assists and four rebounds.

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“I think tonight we came out ready to go and we were excited for everything and everyone,” Cheeseman said. “... Just staying together as a team was something that was good for us tonight.”

DWU plays No. 1 Concordia at 2 p.m. Saturday in Seward, Nebraska.

No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan University 73, Mount Marty 42

Mount Marty (5-4, 1-4): Ali Kuca 0-4 0-0 0, Molly Koisti 0-4 0-2 0, Karlee McKinney 1-8 1-2 3, Hannah Williams 6-8 3-3 16, Jamie Tebben 1-8 2-4 4, Callie Otkin 2-5 0-0 6, Lexi Hochstein 0-0 0-0 0, Kayla Jacobson 0-2 2-2 2, Carlie Wetzel 1-3 2-4 4, Peyton Stolle 2-9 0-0 4, Kami Cornemann 0-0 1-2 1, Hallie Jallock 0-2 0-0 0, Shelby Fasching 0-2 0-0 0. Team totals: 13-55 11-19 40.

Dakota Wesleyan (8-2, 3-2): Kaylee Kirk 1-4 1-2 3, Makaela Karst 3-7 2-2 9, Kynedi Cheeseman 9-14 7-9 26, Sarah Carr 8-13 4-5 25, Jessica Mieras 2-5 2-2 6, Kelsey Valencia 0-0 0-0 0, Rynn Osthus 0-3 0-0 0, Payton Morgan 0-1 0-0 0, Lexi Valencia 0-1 0-0 0, Haylee Mork 0-1 0-0 0, Kamryn Heinz 0-2 1-4 1, Matti Reiner 1-5 0-0 2, Sydnaya Dunn 0-0 1-2 1, Megan Poyer 0-2 0-0 0. Team totals: 24-58 18-26 73.

MM 16 16 31 42

DWU 18 37 55 73

3-point field goals: MM 3-24 (Williams 1-1, Otkin 2-4, Kuca 0-1, Koisti 0-1, McKinney 0-5, Tebben 0-5, Jacobson 0-2, Wetzel 0-1, Stolle 0-3, Hallock 0-1); DWU 7-21 (Karst 1-2, Cheeseman 1-4, Carr 5-8, Kirk 0-1, Mieras 0-1, Morgan 0-1, L. Valencia 0-1, Mork 0-1, Reiner 0-2). Rebounds: MM 32 (Williams 8, Tebben 5); DWU 37 (Kirk 9, Cheeseman 7, Carr 6). Assists: MM 7 (McKinney 2, Tebben 2); DWU 16 (Kirk 5, Karst 5, Cheeseman 4). Steals: MM 4 (Tebben 1, Wetzel 1, Stolle 1, Hallock 1); DWU 10 (Cheeseman 4, Kirk 3). Blocked shots: MM 3 (Stolle 2); DWU 4 (Carr 2). Turnovers: MM 16; DWU 14. Total fouls: MM 19; DWU 16. A: 2,563

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