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SIOUX CITY | Dakota Wesleyan didn’t rack up its normal amount of points, but nonetheless cruised to a 69-48 Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s basketball win Saturday at the Newman Flanagan Center.

No. 12 (NAIA Division II) Dakota Wesleyan, fighting for a conference title, dominated the boards and rolled to an easy victory over Briar Cliff. The Tigers went into the game averaging 82.2 points, but didn’t need nearly that many to subdue BCU.

“They’re a good solid team and we didn’t shoot it very well,” Briar Cliff Coach Mike Power said. “We were 6-for-26 from the 3-point line and you’re not going to win too many games when you shoot like that.”

It’s difficult to call a game over in the first four minutes, but for all intents and purposes, this one was. Dakota Wesleyan scored the first eight points and BC essentially never recovered.

The Tigers led 17-5 after one quarter and 34-19 at halftime. Briar Cliff’s only bright spot was scoring the first six points of the third quarter to trim the deficit to single digits, but DWU responded with three straight 3-point goals.

Ashley Bray and Riley Osthuis each recorded double doubles for the Tigers, who moved to 22-4 overall and 13-3 in the GPAC with their seventh straight victory. Bray finished with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Osthuis had 10 points and 10 boards. Amber Bray – Ashley’s twin sister – tallied 11 points, as did Sarah Carr.

Briar Cliff (9-17, 6-10) shot just 34 percent from the field. Alyssa Carley led the Chargers with 12 points and Faith Troshynski tacked on 11 points.

Dakota Wesleyan held a whopping 47-18 advantage on the boards and outscored the Chargers 18-0 in second chance points.

“I thought our defense was pretty good the first half, we just couldn’t get it going offensively,” Power said. “We’ll just keep doing what we’re doing. I feel at some times we’re going in the right direction, but we can’t put together 40 minutes of basketball.”

With the loss, Briar Cliff slipped to eighth in the GPAC standings with four regular season games remaining.


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