MITCHELL, S.D. – Playing on the road in any basketball conference is hard. It’s even harder when the nation’s top-ranked team resides in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Midland University’s women’s basketball team learned that again on Sunday.
The (RV) Warriors (11-8, 6-7 GPAC) couldn’t keep up with the No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan Tigers (19-1, 12-1 GPAC) on the road as DWU ran away with a 98-78 victory.
Leading the way on offense for the Tigers was Sarah Carr with 23 points on 9-15 shooting from the field. Carr also contributed eight rebounds and two assists.
Kynedi Cheeseman, who currently ranks fifth nationally in total scoring, contributed 21 points, eight rebounds, and three assists to another impressive outing. Makaela Karst (15 points), Madison Matthews (12 points), and Sydney Halling (12 points) rounded out the group of five Tigers who finished with double-digit points.
The nation’s leader in total assists, Rylie Osthus, added another 10 assists to her total in a stellar season. Osthus also finished with seven points, two rebounds, and two steals.
Midland was led by senior forward Maddie Egr’s 16 points on 5-7 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-6 mark from the free throw line. Egr was the only starter in double figures, but got plenty of help from the bench.
Freshmen Peyton Wingert and Casey Thompson each recorded their first double-digit scoring performances as Warriors, leading a bench unit that outscored the Dakota Wesleyan substitutes 45-20.
Wingert finished with 12 points on 5-11 shooting from the field, including a pair of three-pointers. Thompson finished with 11 points by way of just one field goal and a 9-10 performance from the free throw line. Lexis Haase (nine points), Sam Shepard (five points), Katy Gathje (five points), and Laura Speer (three points) helped contribute to the strong scoring performance from the Midland subs.
The Tigers took control of the game from the start and left no doubt that they were the better team on Sunday, something this Dakota Wesleyan team has done quite often this season. This victory is the Tigers’ 11th win by 20 points or more this season and their fourth in their last five games.
Dakota Wesleyan blitzed the Warriors out of the gate and scored 30 points in the first quarter, doubling up Midland’s 15 in the period. That 15-point lead quickly grew to 21 after a pair of DWU threes to start the second quarter, and eventually rose as high as 27 before halftime.
The largest lead for the Tigers would by 29 as they led by 20+ for nearly the entire second half. Midland cut the lead to 18 with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers never slipped and coasted their way to the 98-78 victory.
Midland outrebounded the Tigers 26-25 and had a better shooting percentage from the free throw line. The Warriors were 22-26 (84.6 percent) from the free throw line compared to Dakota Wesleyan’s total of 9-13 (69.2 percent).
The Warriors have zero time to hang their heads as another tall task awaits them on Wednesday. Midland travels to Seward, Nebraska on January 16 to face off with the No. 2 Concordia Bulldogs (17-2, 11-2 GPAC). The then-No. 1 Bulldogs defeated the Warriors 83-65 in Fremont in the GPAC opener on November 6. Tipoff for the rematch is set for 6:00 p.m.
MITCHELL, S.D. – Opposing teams have to bring their A-game when traveling in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Midland University’s men’s basketball team brought the fight, but couldn’t hold on late against a top-15 team.
The Warriors (9-12, 4-8 GPAC) gave the No. 15 Dakota Wesleyan Tigers (14-5, 8-4 GPAC) a run for their money at the World’s Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota on Sunday, but the Tigers were able to pull away late for an 82-67 victory.
Dakota Wesleyan was led by the duo of Nick Harden and Ty Hoglund, who each contributed a game-high 23 points. Harden was 10-16 from the field while Hoglund was 6-12, including being 5-6 from three-point range. The two also combined to grab 12 rebounds and dish out five assists.
Aaron Ahmadu and Tristan Teichmeier were the other Tigers in double figures, scoring 15 and 12 points, respectively.
The Warriors were led by freshman Malik Martin’s 22 points on 8-16 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-6 mark from the free throw line. Martin also contributed three rebounds, three steals, and an assist.
Junior Bryce Parsons recorded his fourth straight double-double, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Junior forward Isaiah Workman came off the bench and contributed 18 points on 8-11 shooting from the field while also grabbing four rebounds.
Dakota Wesleyan took an early lead but never pulled away after the hot start. The Tigers started the game on a 6-0 run, but the Warriors never let the lead get larger than that for nearly the entire first half.
The Warriors hung around with Dakota Wesleyan for the whole first half and took their first lead on a 6-0 run, capped by a Martin jumper with 4:45 left to play before halftime, giving Midland a 31-29 lead.
After the lead change, the Tigers outscored the Warriors 13-4 to finish the first half and take a 42-35 lead into the locker room. The run was aided by a personal foul followed by a technical foul from Parsons that led to four successful free throws from Hoglund.
Much like the first half the Warriors didn’t let the Tigers get out of reach for much of the half. But, a 10-0 run for the Tigers near the halfway point of the half pushed the DWU lead to 62-47 with just over 10 minutes to play.
The lead hovered around 10 for much of the remainder of the game, but another big run for the Tigers extended the lead even further. This time, a 13-0 run quickly turned a nine-point lead to a 22-point differential with just under four minutes left. That run was the final burst the Tigers needed to finally put the Warriors away and complete the season sweep.
Midland finished with just three assists on the afternoon, uncharacteristic for a team that came in averaging 12.15 assists per game. The Warriors also tied a season-low with just three made three-pointers, finishing just 3-15 (20 percent) from behind the arc, but still managed to keep pace with a top tier opponent for nearly 30 minutes.
The Warriors hit the road again on Wednesday, January 16, when they travel to Seward, Nebraska to play the Concordia Bulldogs (10-10, 3-9 GPAC). Midland defeated Concordia 78-72 in the GPAC opener back on November 6, 2018 in Fremont. Tipoff for the rematch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.