MITCHELL, S.D. – Frigid shooting doomed Midland University on Saturday afternoon as they faced Dakota Wesleyan University in a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Warriors shot 17.7% from the field (11-of-62), their worst outing of the season, as they fell 61-38 to the Tigers.
Dakota Wesleyan’s defense, which ranks second in the GPAC in opponent shooting percentage (.369), played a big role in limiting the Warriors. Their constant pressure led to contested shots and then their superior rebounding led to a 57 to 34 margin on the boards.
The Tigers build an 11 point lead after the first quarter and extended it to as many as 17 before the intermission. At the break, DWU led 30-18. Katy Gathje paced the Warriors with 6 points.
In the second half, Midland had their best production of the game posting 16 points. However, Dakota Wesleyan had their best scoring quarter the game as well with 24 points, taking a 54-34 lead into the final 10 minutes.
Over the final ten minutes, both teams struggled mightily from the field. They combined for just 2 field goals, along with 7 free throws for 11 total points in the fourth.
Midland (9-4, 6-4 GPAC) is now idle until 2021 with their next game slated for after the New Year when they take on Dordt (6-6, 5-4 GPAC). The Warriors will travel to Sioux Center, Iowa for a 2:00 p.m. tip on Saturday, January 2.