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No. 2 Bulldogs stifle DWU women

SEWARD, Neb. -- The No. 2-ranked team in the country held the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team in check Saturday. Concordia snapped the No. 10 Tigers' nine-game win streak with a strong defensive effort, holding the Tigers to 31 percent sh...

SEWARD, Neb. - The No. 2-ranked team in the country held the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team in check Saturday.

Concordia snapped the No. 10 Tigers' nine-game win streak with a strong defensive effort, holding the Tigers to 31 percent shooting and a season-low for points in a 55-42 victory at Walz Arena in the regular-season finale.

The loss means DWU (25-5, 16-4 GPAC) will be the No. 3 seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament, starting Wednesday with a home game at the Corn Palace. The Tigers will host sixth-seeded Midland at 6 p.m.

DWU also did a solid job against Concordia's offense, allowing 33 percent shooting and forcing an 8-for-32 3-point shooting night for the Bulldogs.

But the Tigers' 31-percent shooting mark is the worst in a DWU game this season and the visitors were hurt by 22 turnovers.

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Throughout the game, Concordia was able to build the bigger runs in the game. DWU trailed 15-13 late in the first quarter, only for the Bulldogs to score 12 of the next 15 points through the opening minutes of the second quarter. In the third quarter, Concordia slowly worked its 37-25 halftime lead to a 20-point margin after three frames.

The Tigers tried a comeback to open the fourth quarter, with DWU piecing together a 10-0 run but the grinding Bulldog defense wouldn't allow a comeback.

Rylie Osthus scored 10 points and snared nine rebounds to lead DWU, while Ashley Bray scored nine points for DWU, while her sister Amber scored eight points.

Brenleigh Daum scored 19 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, draining four 3-pointers for Concordia, which hosts Briar Cliff in Wednesday's tournament quarterfinals. As the GPAC's regular-season champions, Concordia (29-1, 19-1) is assured an automatic bid into the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Tournament March 7-13.

Concordia 55, DWU women 42

Dakota Wesleyan (25-5, 16-4 GPAC): Ashley Bray 3-7 0-0 9 Amber Bray 3-8 1-2 8 Rylie Osthus 4-11 2-2 10 Kynedi Cheeseman 2-11 0-0 4 Chesney Nagel 1-2 1-2 4 Madison Mathews 0-0 0-0 0 Makaela Karst 0-3 0-0 0 Sarah Carr 2-7 1-2 5 Jessica Mieras 1-3 0-0 2 Totals 16-52 5-8 42

Concordia (29-1, 19-1 GPAC): Quinn Wragge 3-8 0-0 6 Philomena Lammers 3-9 0-0 7 MacKenzie Helman 2-4 0-0 6 Mary Janovich 2-6 2-2 7 Dani Hoppes 0-8 0-0 0 Taylor Cockerill 3-7 0-0 6 Rebecca Higgins 1-3 0-0 2 Brenleigh Daum 5-10 5-6 19 Sydney Feller 0-3 0-0 0 Colby Duvel 1-2 0-0 2 Totals 20-60 7-8 55

DWU 13 25 30 42

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CU 21 37 50 55

3-point goals: DWU 5-24 (Ashley Bray 3-6, Amber Bray 1-3, Nagel 1-2, Cheeseman 0-5, Osthus 0-3, Karst 0-3, Carr 0-2), CU 8-32 (Daum 4-9, Helman 2-3, Janovich 1-3, Lammers 1-3, Hoppes 0-8, Cockerill 0-2, Higgins 0-2, Feller 0-2). Rebounds-offensive: DWU 42-11 (Osthus 9), CU 26-11 (Lammers 6), Total fouls: DWU 10, CU 10. Fouled out: none. Technicals: none. Assists: DWU 12 (Osthus 4), CU 11 (Feller 4), Turnovers: DWU 22, CU 14. Steals: DWU 2 (Karst 2), CU 11 (Lammers 4), Blocks: DWU 0, CU 4 (Daum 2)

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