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Tiger women make national quarterfinals after dominating Davenport

SIOUX CITY, Iowa--The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team picked an opportune time to put together a complete team performance. Firing on all cylinders, the No. 3 Tigers dominated No. 2 Davenport University (Mich.) 87-77 in a secon...

Dakota Wesleyan's Kelsey Bertram (30) and Dakota Wesleyan's Rylie Osthus (10) celebrate a basket and a foul called during the second round of the NAIA Division II women's national tournament on Friday morning at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Kelsey Bertram (30) and Dakota Wesleyan's Rylie Osthus (10) celebrate a basket and a foul called during the second round of the NAIA Division II women's national tournament on Friday morning at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Matt Gade/Republic)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa-The Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team picked an opportune time to put together a complete team performance.

Firing on all cylinders, the No. 3 Tigers dominated No. 2 Davenport University (Mich.) 87-77 in a second-round game of the NAIA Division II national tournament at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

Shooting 56 percent for the game, DWU (27-8) advances to the quarterfinal round at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.

Amber Bray led the Tigers with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Erica Herrold added 17 points. Kristin Sabers had 14 points and seven rebounds and Kelsey Bertram tacked on 12 points and six rebounds.

The Tigers outscored the Panthers 16-12 in the third quarter to lead 61-49 heading into the final frame.

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Both teams exchanged 3-pointers in the game's opening minute, and a back-and-forth first 10 minutes ended with the Tigers holding a 25-19 advantage. In the second quarter, DWU pulled ahead by as many as 15 points but a 10-0 run by Davenport (28-6) closed the gap. The Tigers entered the break with a 45-37 lead after shooting 58 percent from the field in the first two quarters.

Check back with mitchellrepublic.com and see Saturday's print edition of The Daily Republic for more coverage.

Dakota Wesleyan's Kristin Sabers (34) shoots over Davenport University's Mallory Sewell (42) during the second round of the NAIA Division II women's national tournament on Friday morning at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Matt Gade/Republic)
Dakota Wesleyan's Kristin Sabers (34) shoots over Davenport University's Mallory Sewell (42) during the second round of the NAIA Division II women's national tournament on Friday morning at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. (Matt Gade/Republic)

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