DWU women battle, fall to No. 11 Concordia

Jan. 6—SEWARD, Neb. — The Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team battled on the road Saturday afternoon.

Though the Tigers were able to gain an early advantage, they fell to No. 11 Concordia in their first game of the New Year 69-61. Despite the defense holding the Bulldogs to only 3-of-18 from behind the arc, DWU shot a season-low 35.8% from the field and allowed 40 points in the paint for the game.

DWU went on a 16-4 run to jump ahead 21-12 by the end of the first quarter. Morgan Edelman made a pair of layups while Emma Yost drained a 3-pointer to help contribute to the Tigers' run. In the second quarter, Taliyah Hayes made a layup with 1:09 remaining to send the Tigers into halftime with a seven-point lead.

Coming out of the break, Concordia went on a 14-5 run to take the lead for the first time in the third quarter on a Sadie Powell jump shot at the 4:23 mark. The Bulldogs opened up a five-point lead as Abby Heemstra closed out the quarter converting a layup.

In the fourth quarter, Concordia went on a 6-0 run for Concordia before DWU called timeout. Kendal Brigham scored five of the team's six points in that span, finishing with 11 points for the game on 4-of-9 shooting off the bench. Powell extended the Bulldogs' lead to 11 points with 4:45 remaining in the game. A Yost 3-pointer brought the Tigers within five with 90 seconds left, but it was the closest to the lead the Tigers reached.

Concordia (11-2, 7-2 GPAC) finished the game shooting 44.8% from the field, as the Bulldogs' bench outscored the Tigers' bench 34-25 for the game. Abby Heemstra finished with a game-high 14 points, grabbing six rebounds. Powell and Taysha Rushton each had 10 points, and Abby Krieser tallied a game-high eight rebounds.

For DWU, Emma Yost collected 13 points on 3-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and a pair of assists. Hayes also finished with 13 points, while Anna Campbell finished with nine points and a team-high eight rebounds. Morgan Edelman collected a team-high four assists and two steals.

DWU (10-4, 5-3 GPAC) returns home to the Corn Palace Wednesday, Jan. 10, as the Tigers will take on conference rival Morningside. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.