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Near miss: No. 2 Bulldogs outlast No. 9 Tiger women in OT

SEWARD, Neb.--With a national tournament berth secured, Dakota Wesleyan University's women's basketball team used the conference championship game as a tune-up for the national tournament.

Dakota Wesleyan's Rylie Osthus (10) drives around Concordia's Mary Janovich (20) during the first quarter of the Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament championship on Tuesday in Seward, Neb. (Amber Baesler / For The Daily Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Rylie Osthus (10) drives around Concordia's Mary Janovich (20) during the first quarter of the Great Plains Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament championship on Tuesday in Seward, Neb. (Amber Baesler / For The Daily Republic)

SEWARD, Neb.-With a national tournament berth secured, Dakota Wesleyan University's women's basketball team used the conference championship game as a tune-up for the national tournament.

And the Tigers almost walked out of a hostile Walz Arena with a win.

Instead, it was No. 2 Concordia University that escaped with a 78-77 overtime win in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament title game on Tuesday.

No. 9 DWU (26-5) had chances at the end of regulation and overtime to upset the Bulldogs (30-2) in front of 1,250 fans.

"It was really, really loud and with a lot of people here and I thought our kids handled it really well and kept battling," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said. "You can't fault the kids when you come down on the road and play the No. 2 team in the country and have two different chances to win at the end of regulation and at the end of overtime. I was pretty proud of the kids for that."

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After Concordia missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left, DWU rushed the ball up the court and Ashley Bray's 3-pointer rattled off the rim. DWU's Sarah Carr grabbed the offensive rebound, but her putback at the buzzer rolled away.
Bray also missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation that could have won it for the Tigers.

"We had a great look at the end of regulation and two great looks with the missed shot and the tip-in at the end of overtime," Christensen said. "That's all a coach can ask for."

Rylie Osthus paced the Tigers with 21 points and nailed four 3-pointers, playing all 45 minutes in the contest. Amber Bray recorded a double-double with 17 points and 16 rebounds and Erica Herrold tossed in 15 points. Amber Bray added nine points and 15 rebounds for the Tigers, who led 37-34 at halftime.

DWU's halftime lead disappeared and it trailed 57-53 after the third quarter. The Tigers later found themselves trailing 66-55 with under five minutes to go.

"We just kind of had a little bit of a tough stretch there, but that happens, especially on the road," Christensen said. "We could have folded there, but we didn't. We got down 11 and we battled back and made a game out of it."

The Tigers rallied and took a 70-69 lead on an Amber Bray shot with 17 seconds left. After the Bulldogs split a pair of free throws, Ashley Bray's 3-pointer at the buzzer was no good.

The Tigers trailed 76-73 in overtime, but again rallied to take a 77-76 lead with 44 ticks remaining. Concordia's Philomena Lammers hit two free throws to make it 78-77 with 34 seconds left to reach the final margin.

Both teams will now prepare for the NAIA Division II tournament on March 8-14 at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The teams will learn their opponents today during the selection show. Both Tiger teams will gather at the Moose Lodge in Mitchell for a selection show party, starting at 5 p.m. The doors open for the event at 4:30 p.m.

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Concordia University 78, Dakota Wesleyan 77 (OT)

Dakota Wesleyan (26-5): Rylie Osthus 6-12 5-8 21, Erica Herrold 4-15 7-8 15, Ashley Bray 3-14 0-0 9, Kynedi Cheeseman 1-3 0-0 2, Chesney Nagel 0-1 0-0 0, Kristin Sabers 0-2 0-0 0, Sarah Carr 3-9 7-8 13, Amber Bray 5-8 5-6 17. Totals 22-64 24-30 77.

Concordia University (30-2): Devin Edwards 0-2 0-0 0, Shelby Quinn 2-10 3-6 8, Laurel Krohn 1-4 0-0 3, Mary Janovich 3-8 3-4 10, Brenleigh Daum 0-1 0-0 0, Sydney Feller 0-0 0-0 0, Quinn Wragge 7-8 3-4 18, Dani Andersen 3-8 1-2 9, Aubri Bro 1-1 0-0 3, Erin Vieselmeyer 3-5 0-0 6, Philomena Lammers 1-2 0-0 2, MacKenzie Helman 5-15 9-13 19. Totals 26-64 19-30 78.

DWU 15 37 53 70 77

CU 17 34 57 70 78

3-point field goals: DWU 9-27 (Osthus 4-6, Herrold 0-5, Ashley Bray 3-10, Cheeseman 0-1, Carr 0-2, Amber Bray 2-3); CU 7-17 (Edwards 0-1, Quinn 1-4, Krohn 1-2, Janovich 1-3, Daum 0-1, Wragge 1-1, Andersen 2-4, Bro 1-1). Rebounds: DWU 55 (Amber Bray 16); CU 44 (Wragge 12). Assists: DWU 16 (Osthus 5, Ashley Bray 5); CU 17 (Quinn 6). Blocked shots: DWU 4 (Nagel 3); CU 4 (Wragge 3). Steals: DWU 7 (Amber Bray 3); CU 11 (Quinn 4). Turnovers: DWU 22; CU 16. Total fouls: DWU 23; CU 24. A: 1,250.

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