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Three keys for Tiger teams

No. 3 DWU women at No. 2 Mount Marty When/Where: 5 p.m. in Yankton Records: DWU (24-7), Mount Marty (22-9) Projected starters: DWU: G: Rylie Osthus, 5-9, freshman, De Smet, G: Gabby Frykbo, 5-7, junior, Sodertaje, Sweden, F: Amber Bray, 6-0, soph...

No. 3 DWU women at No. 2 Mount Marty

When/Where: 5 p.m. in Yankton

Records: DWU (24-7), Mount Marty (22-9)

Projected starters:

DWU: G: Rylie Osthus, 5-9, freshman, De Smet, G: Gabby Frykbo, 5-7, junior, Sodertaje, Sweden, F: Amber Bray, 6-0, sophomore, Anoka, Minn., F: Ashley Bray, 6-0, sophomore, Anoka, Minn. F: Erica Herrold, 6-0, junior, Dimock

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MM: G: Cassidy Gebhart, 5-6, senior, Elkton, G: Logan Wagner, 5-7, junior, Parkston, G: Alex Kneeland, 5-9, senior, Summit, F: Raquel Sutera, 6-0, senior, Tabor, F: Kellie Winckler, 6-0, junior, Lake Andes

Previous results: The two teams split in the regular season with the Tigers winning a Nov. 24 contest 72-47 in Mitchell, while the Lancers won the last meeting on Jan. 27 60-52 in Yankton.

Three keys for Tigers:

1. Getting the "four bigs" going

An average of 53.4 points of the Tigers' 75.9 points per game come from Dakota Wesleyan's "four bigs" as head coach Jason Christensen calls them. The four players are Erica Herrold, Kristin Sabers, Amber Bray and Ashley Bray. Each player is averaging more than 10 points a game, while Herrold leads the group with an average of 15.7 points per game. Keeping these players out of foul trouble and on the court will be important for the Tigers to come away with a win.

2. Holding Lancers under 70 points

In DWU's last four conference wins, the Tigers have held their opponents under 70 points. DWU averages 75.9 points per game and holding teams under 70 points is a guideline Christensen said his team tries to use for every game. The last time DWU allowed more than 70 points-Feb. 10 against Morningside-the Tigers loss 80-74.

3. Slowing down Kneeland

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As Alex Kneeland goes, so do the Lancers. Kneeland is second in the nation in total scoring with 648 points and she ranks fifth in points per game with an average of 20.9 points. The senior and Summit native scored a game-high 32 points in Mount Marty's opening round win over Northwestern. In DWU's win over Mount Marty, the Tigers held Kneeland to 16 points, but in Mount Marty's win over the Tigers, Kneeland had a game-high 27 points.

No. 3 DWU men at No. 2 Nebraska Wesleyan

When/Where: 3 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska

Records: DWU (22-9), Nebraska Wesleyan (21-6)

Projected starters:

DWU: G: Tate Martin, 5-11, junior, Mitchell, G: Trae Bergh, 6-1, senior, Crooks, F: Kellen Barden, 6-8, freshman, Whitewood, F: Jade Miller, 6-4, senior, Mitchell, F: Terrell Newton, 6-5, senior, Huron

NW: G: Trey Bardsley, 5-10, senior, Beatrice, Neb., G: Max Cook, 6-0, junior, Wahoo, Neb., G: Keithan Karn, 6-4, senior, Elkhorn, Neb., F: Travis Giesselmann, 6-4, senior, Elkhorn, Neb., F: Blake Ruiz, 6-5, junior, Beatrice, Neb.

Previous results: The two teams split in the regular season. DWU defeated Nebraska Wesleyan 125-102 on Nov. 21 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Prairie Wolves won the last meeting on Feb. 6 107-97 in Mitchell.

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Three keys for Tigers:

1. Tough defense

The Tigers toughest task against Nebraska Wesleyan will be on the defensive end. The Prairie Wolves lead the nation in team scoring and put up an average of 95.8 points per game. Led by Trey Bardsley, who averages 27.6 points per game, Nebraska Wesleyan touts an offense that hit the century mark 14 times this season, including a 111-98 win over Dordt on Wednesday. In both games this season, Nebraska Wesleyan reached 100 points against the Tigers.

2. Get Trae Bergh involved early

It's no secret that when the senior guard is effective, the Tigers are a much better basketball team. Bergh has been dealing with an ankle injury for a couple of weeks, but that didn't stop the Crooks native from pouring in 23 points in the opening round of the GPAC tournament. In the last meeting against NWU, Bergh lit up the Prairie Wolves for 45 points. The Tigers would like a repeat performance out of the 3-point specialist today.

3. Share the ball

Dakota Wesleyan is at its best when the offense is sharing the ball. The Tigers rank first in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02) and fifth in total assists 562 and boast the nation's top passer in Tate Martin. At the point guard position for the Tigers, Martin averages 6.8 assists per game and leads the nation in that category.

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