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Both Dakota Wesleyan University basketball teams took care of business on Wednesday at Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Mount Marty. The men (8-3, 4-3 GPAC) won 86-80, while the No. 2 women (11-0, 7-0 GPAC) took down the Lancers 64-59. DWU men focused on limiting turnovers Taking care of the ball has once again been an emphasis for the DWU men this season, resulting in it committing the fewest turnovers per game (9.3) in the GPAC. That proved crucial on Wednesday as it only turned it over seven times, including just twice in the last 10 minutes.
YANKTON—With a struggling offense on Wednesday, the Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team needed the extra shots created by its defense to take down Mount Marty, 64-59, at Laddie E. Cimpl Arena in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game. Mount Marty turned the ball over 22 times, thanks in part to 11 DWU steals. That led to No. 2 DWU attempting 24 more shots, allowing it to lose the rebounding battle, 30-24, and shoot 33.8 percent and still topped a Lancer team that made 51.2 percent of their shots.
YANKTON—The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team competed in another back-and-forth affair on Wednesday at the Laddie E. Cimpl Arena, taking down Great Plains Athletic Conference foe Mount Marty, 86-80. "It's a tough team, they're a lot better than they used to be," DWU forward Samuel McCloud said. "We came down here with that mindset, knew it was going to be tough and did what we needed to get it done."
Success for the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team starts with a strong defense and competing for the entirety of each game. Building a competitive culture starts in practice, as the Golden Eagles don't have a set rotation and will compete for playing time. That gives opportunities to younger players to make an impact, such as sophomore Max Reynen and freshman Micah Frey, who last season appeared in four and two games, respectively.
The Mitchell Christian girls basketball team doesn't have a lot of new faces but it's still young, making this season about development more than anything else. The Golden Eagles are off to a promising start in that department as coach Chris Nemec has been impressed with his team's work ethic in practice. It helps that Mitchell Christian returns a lot of key players from last season, which means the team knew the expectations coming in.
Jason Christensen received a health scare last week, but just like he’s done with every opponent this season, he beat it. The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball coach underwent successful surgery on Nov. 29 at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to fully remove tissue that was a cancer concern. On Monday, he received test results and pathology reports that indicate he is now cancer free, while he was released from Mayo Clinic on Tuesday.
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team's goal this season is straightforward—return to the state tournament. Coming off a 7-14 season, with a SoDak 16 loss to Brandon Valley, the Kernels are determined not to let their inconsistent offense be their downfall once again. "We need to get back to (state). Last year, I felt like we should've been there," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "... We never got out, we just couldn't score in the Round of 16."
BROOKINGS—South Dakota State University defensive lineman Xavier Ward says don't be fooled by Krockett Krolikowski's baby face. If teams were still getting fooled after a regular season which landed the nose tackle on the Missouri Valley Conference all-newcomer team, they would have taken notice on Saturday at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.
BROOKINGS—The fans who withstood the blowing snow at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday were rewarded. Led by a strong defense and offense which gained momentum as the game progressed, the No. 5 South Dakota State University football team took down Duquesne University, 51-6, in the second round of the FCS playoffs. "We played, in that environment, an unbelievable game," SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said. "I'm really proud of our defense. I'm excited the way we ran the football in these conditions."
Brookings—Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium resembled more of a snowglobe than a football stadium on Saturday. The stands were far from packed, but the 3,042 fans dressed in winter coats and snow pants saw the fifth-ranked South Dakota State University football team fight the elements and Duquesne to a 51-6 second-round win in the FCS playoffs.