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'It was a battle': DWU women top Jimmies in four-overtime thriller

JAMESTOWN, N.D.--The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team etched its name in the NAIA record books on Monday. The No. 4 Tigers came out on top of a 98-92 four-overtime thriller against the University of Jamestown. It tied the Great ...

The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball bench celebrates a play during its four-overtime game against the University of Jamestown on Monday. (John Steiner / Jamestown Sun)
The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball bench celebrates a play during its four-overtime game against the University of Jamestown on Monday. (John Steiner / Jamestown Sun)

JAMESTOWN, N.D.-The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team etched its name in the NAIA record books on Monday.

The No. 4 Tigers came out on top of a 98-92 four-overtime thriller against the University of Jamestown. It tied the Great Plains Athletic Conference record for the most overtimes and is one of just three four overtime games in NAIA women's basketball history. The NAIA record is five overtimes between Southeastern (Fla.) and Embry Riddle (Fla.) in 2015.

"I've had a lot of good games in my career," DWU coach Jason Christensen said after the two-hour and 40-minute marathon game. "I've coached for 21 years, but that one just went in the top five. Because it was a battle."

Sarah Carr registered career-highs in points (38) and rebounds (17), while Kynedi Cheeseman finished with 19 points, six rebounds and six assists. The Tigers (23-3, 16-3 GPAC) also received big plays from a pair of reserves. Freshman post Sydney Halling banked in a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left in the third overtime to force another extra period at 82-82.

DWU's Rylie Osthus split a pair of free throws with 2:53 left and senior sub Meghan Travis collected the rebound on the missed free throw. She dished the ball back to Osthus and she extended the lead to 88-84.

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The Jimmies stormed back and cut the deficit to 90-89 with 1:30 left after a Paige Schmidt 3-pointer. On the next offensive possession, Travis corralled an offensive rebound on her own missed shot. She later drilled a 3-pointer-her only points of the game-for an 93-89 advantage with 48 seconds left.

"I was so proud of her and her big smile when she hit that three was huge," Christensen said. "It was huge."

The Tigers converted at the free-throw line to complete the four overtime win in which they shot 5 of 28 from the 3-point line.

"It was just one those games where we didn't shoot it real well," Christensen said. "This was the lowest 3-point percentage we had. We couldn't hit a three to save our life. We shoot our normal 3-point percentage, we win that game by 10-12 points. But our kids just showed a lot of heart, showed a lot of toughness and we battled."

Carr offset the 3-point struggles. She finished 12 of 28 from the field and 12 of 13 at the free-throw line. The junior post also sent the game into overtime. Trailing 66-64, the Tigers called a timeout with .08 seconds and inbounded the ball along their bench. Carr received the pass underneath the basket and scored as time expired to force the first overtime.

"That's a play we practice all the time," Christensen said. "We've never had to use it. We've had it in our arsenal for a couple years and (Monday) was a night we had to use it and oh my God was that huge. Sarah timed it just right, got up and scored."

Madison Mathews scored 16 points, while Makaela Karst recorded 10 points and nine rebounds. Osthus finished with six points, six rebounds and five assists.

The Tigers will host Mount Marty College at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Corn Palace.

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No. 4 Dakota Wesleyan 98, Jamestown 92 in 4OT

Dakota Wesleyan (23-3, 16-3 GPAC): Makaela Karst 5-17 0-0 10, Rylie Osthus 3-8 0-1 6, Madison Mathews 4-6 8-8 16, Kynedi Cheeseman 6-21 6-7 19, Sarah Carr 12-28 12-13 38, Kaylee Kirk 1-2 1-2 3, Sydney Halling 1-6 0-0 3, Meghan Travis 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 33-90 27-31 98.

University of Jamestown (12-14, 6-12 GPAC): Emma Stoehr 3-19 5-10 12, Jenna Doyle 2-6 6-10 10, Mya Buffetta 0-1 2-2 2, Noelle Josephson 1-4 2-2 4, Paige Schmidt 4-6 2-2 13, Grace Benz 5-11 1-4 11, Lissy McCulloch 0-0 0-0 0, Allison Jablonsky 7-18 0-0 19, Mackensi Higlin 3-7 2-2 11, Olivia Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, Courtney Mosloski 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 30-79 20-32 92.

DWU 20 36 47 66 72 77 82 98
UJ 11 33 44 66 72 77 82 92

3-point field goals: DWU 5-28 (Karst 0-10, Osthus 0-1, Cheeseman 1-5, Carr 2-9, Halling 1-2, Travis 1-1); UJ 12-35 (Stoehr 1-8, Buffetta 0-1, Josephson 0-1, Schmidt 3-5, Benz 0-2, Jablonsky 5-13, Higlin 3-5). Rebounds: DWU 60 (Carr 17); UJ 53 (Jablonsky 10). Assists: DWU 18 (Cheeseman 6); UJ 15 (Stoehr 5). Steals: DWU 11 (Karst 2, Mathews 2, Cheeseman 2, Kirk 2); UJ 9 (Stoehr 3, Benz 3). Blocked shots: DWU 1 (Halling 1); UJ 10 (Higlin 5). Turnovers: DWU 16; UJ 21. Total fouls: DWU 23; UJ 27.

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