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DWU women clipped by Morningside on the road

Feb. 14—SIOUX CITY, Iowa. — The chances of Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball earning the No. 2 seed in the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament took a hit Wednesday night.

The Tigers, who received votes in the latest NAIA coaches poll, fell to Morningside (Iowa) on the road 71-62. Coupled with No. 6-ranked Concordia (Neb.) escaping Doane with a victory, DWU now sits two games behind the Bulldogs with three games remaining in the regular season.

Morningside opened the game on an 11-2 run, with the Tigers only converting one of their first six shots while turning the ball over five times. Alexis Spier tallied eight first-quarter points and Sam Ehlers was 3-of-3 from the field, scoring six points off the bench.

The lead for the Mustangs grew in the second quarter, as DWU's shooting woes continued, finishing the first half shooting only 27% and going only 2-of-11 from the 3-point line. Grace Fryda picked up five points off the bench for the Tigers.

In the third quarter, DWU found its groove, opening the second half on a mini 6-0 scoring run, with Emma Yost picking up four quick points. However, the gains were only marginal, as the Tigers only outscored Morningside 22-17 in the third quarter, and the Mustangs remained in control throughout the final 10 minutes in the game.

Spier led Morningside (14-10, 11-8 GPAC) in the scoring column with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting. The Mustangs also had 33 points scored by their bench compared to DWU's 14 bench points. Ehlers finished with 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in only 18 minutes of action. Lily Vollertsen tallied nine points and a pair of assists, and Ella Wragge had eight points, eight rebounds, and a team-best six steals.

Taliyah Hayes continued her form since joining DWU's starting lineup, scoring 17 points and going 3-of-9 behind the arc. Yost finished with 13 points and five rebounds, and Shalayne Nagel had eight points and eight boards. Morgan Edelman finished her night with a game-high 11 rebounds and seven steals to go along with six points. Rylee Rosenquist tallied eight of the Tigers' 14 points off the bench.

DWU (18-7, 13-6 GPAC) will return home after a quick road trip to take on the College of Saint Mary (Neb.) for a 3 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Corn Palace.

Morningside (Iowa) 71, DWU women 62

Dakota Wesleyan (18-7, 13-6 GPAC): Taliyah Hayes 5-17 4-4 17 Morgan Edelman 2-7 2-2 6 Mya Wilson 1-4 1-2 3 Emma Yost 5-13 3-4 13 Shalayne Nagel 4-13 0-0 8 Grace Fryda 1-2 2-2 5 Maleighya Estes 0-0 0-0 0 Rylee Rosenquist 3-8 2-2 8 Anna Campbell 0-2 1-2 1 Totals 21-66 15-18 61

Morningside (14-10, 11-8 GPAC): Jordyn Carr 1-5 1-2 4 Ella Wragge 3-4 2-2 8 Jaeden Webb 2-6 0-0 4 Alexis Spier 7-12 2-4 17 Chloe Lofstrom 2-8 2-2 6 Chaise Pfastiel 1-6 0-0 3 Olivia Larsen 3-4 1-3 7 Lauren Hedlund 1-2 0-0 2 Lily Vollertsen 4-9 1-1 9 Sam Ehlers 6-7 0-0 12 Totals 30-63 9-14 72.

Dakota Wesleyan 10 24 46 61

Morningside 22 41 58 72

3-point field goals: DWU 4-18 (Hayes 3-9, Edelman 0-2, Wilson 0-3, Yost 0-1, Nagel 0-1, Fryda 1-2), MORU 3-17 (Carr 1-4, Webb 0-2, Spier 1-3, Pfanstiel 1-5, Hedlund 0-1, Vollertsen 0-1, Ehlers 0-1). Rebounds-offensive: DWU 37-13 (Edelman 11, Nagel 8, Yost 5), MORU 46-12 (Wragge 8, Ehlers 8, Lofstrom 5, Vollertsen 5). Total fouls: DWU 14, MORU 13. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Assists: DWU 13 (Campbell 4), MORU 22 (Lofstrom 6). Turnovers: DWU 20, MORU 24. Blocks: DWU 3 (Yost 2, Campbell), MORU 2 (Lofstrom, Larsen). Steals: DWU 18 (Edelman 7, Wilson 3), MORU 16 (Wragge 6, Larsen 4).