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No. 16 Tigers take down College of Saint Mary

OMAHA, Neb.--Avenging a loss from earlier this season, the No. 16 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team remained tied for second place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings after topping College of Saint Mary 81-68 on Sat...

OMAHA, Neb.-Avenging a loss from earlier this season, the No. 16 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team remained tied for second place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings after topping College of Saint Mary 81-68 on Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

Amber Bray led the Tigers with a game-high 21 points, hitting four 3-pointers, while Ashley Bray and Erica Herrold each added 16 points. Kristin Sabers finished the game with 15 points as the Tigers went 25-of-51 from the field, 12-of-27 from behind the arc and 19-of-30 from the free-throw line.

"Our four bigs played a lot of minutes in the second half and wet got some good shots in the paint," DWU head coach Jason Christensen said. "It was a big win for us because they beat us at the Corn Palace. Anytime you get a win on the road in the GPAC, it's a good thing."

DWU led 38-28 at halftime and fended off a late Flames rally spurred by Deaundra Young, who finished the game with 20 points and 14 rebounds for a double-double in the loss.

The win was the Tiger's 21st of the season, which is the most for the team since the 2003-04 season.

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"All our scoring goes through our four bigs and it's been that way all year," Christensen said. "Our team understands that to be successful we have to run our offense through them."

The Tigers (21-7, 13-7 GPAC) are now tied with three teams-Concordia, Briar Cliff and Mount Marty-for second place in the GPAC with two games remaining.

"We need to stay with the process and do what's got us here," Christensen said about the Tiger's final two regular season games. "We have to play with energy and take it one game at a time. A lot of things can happen this week, but we just need to take care of what we can take care of. If you keep winning, good things will happen."

The Tigers take on Northwestern at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell before closing out the regular season with Hastings on Saturday.

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