Women's basketball

Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan 6 p.m. Friday, January 15, Mitchell, S.D.

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About DWU

Located in Mitchell, S.D., Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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Randa Hulstein scored 19 points and Kendra DeJong recorded her second career double-double in leading third-ranked Northwestern to its ninth straight win, 70-62, over Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D. The Red Raiders improved to 8-1 in the GPAC, 17-2 overall while Dakota Wesleyan dropped to 3-6 in the GPAC, 7-14 overall.

Both teams held a share of the lead in a first half that featured five ties and nine lead changes. Dakota Wesleyan held its largest lead, 24-19, after an Allison Johnson three-pointer with 6:35 left in the first half. Northwestern stormed back and outscored the Tigers 12-2 over a five minute stretch to record its largest lead of the half, 31-26, on a basket by Red Raider guard Katie Nieuwsma. The teams exchanged baskets during the final minute as NWC took a 33-29 lead into the halftime locker room. Defensively, Northwestern gave up just two field goals in the final 6:35 of the half.

A lay-up by Kendra DeJong gave Northwestern its largest lead (37-29) in the opening minutes of the second half. Dakota Wesleyan, however, came back to outscore the Raiders 11-3 to tie the game at 40. Northwestern answered back with a 9-0 run, sparked by Randa Hulstein and Katie Nieuwsma who scored four and three points, respectively, during the run. Still in front by six (55-49), the Raiders scored seven straight points off a pair of lay-ups by Allison Hulst and a three-pointer by Val Kleinjan. Northwestern held off a late spurt by DWU for its ninth straight win, 70-62.

Northwestern shot 50% for the game (27/54), including an impressive 61% in the second half. Hulstein led the Raiders for the second consecutive game with 19 points and pulled down six rebounds. DeJong scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half and pulled down a game-high 10 boards for her second career double-double. Northwestern held a 41-37 advantage on the glass. Hulstein dished out six assists while Hulst added a career-best five assists.

The Raiders conclude this three-game road trip on Wednesday, Jan. 20 when they play 10th-ranked Briar Cliff in Sioux City.

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