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Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, Mitchell, S.D.

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Located in Mitchell, S.D., Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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De Jong Sets Career Rebounding Mark in Win Over Dakota Wesleyan

Kendra De Jong recorded a season-high 30 points and 19 rebounds in leading 10th-ranked Northwestern to an 87-81 win over Dakota Wesleyan Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Along with a season-best performance, De Jong also became the program's all-time leading rebounder, surpassing Rachel Binneboese, who pulled down 1,118 boards from 1997-2001. De Jong now has 1,129 career rebounds.

De Jong registered her fourth straight and ninth double-double of the season, 39th of her career. The senior  went 8-for-14 from the field and 14-for-20 from the foul line in 39 minutes of play. Mackenzie Small added a career-high 17 points, including a critical three-pointer that gave Northwestern the lead for good (75-54) with 2:45 left to go. 

Northwestern scored the first four points and ran out to an 18-5 lead in the opening seven minutes. Dakota Wesleyan began to rally, however, behind the play of junior Kim Johnson, who scored 20 of her game-high 35 points in the first half. Johnson scored on four straight possessions and a three-pointer by Amanda Hart tied the game at 24. The lead switched hands five times over the final six minutes of the opening half with the host Tigers taking a 40-39 into the break.

An early 6-1 run put the Tigers on top, 49-43, and they gradually stretched the lead to 10 (67-57) with eight minutes left. Northwestern rallied back, and after five points by De Jong and a putback by Small, the Red Raiders were within one (71-70). DWU pushed the lead back to four (74-70) on free throws by Johnson and Elizabeth Lamb but another basket by De Jong, followed by a three-pointer by Small put NWC on top for good. Northwestern went 10-for-12 from the line down the stretch and held DWU to just on field goal over the final 4:30 minutes to preserve the win.

Northwestern shot 46% for the game and 33% (2-for-6) from beyond the arc. Both Karen Hutson and Samantha Kleinsasser added 16 points. The Red Raiders held a big advantage on the glass, 44-30, led by De Jong (19) and Kleinsasser (7). 

Dakota Wesleyan dropped to 10-9 in the GPAC, 19-10 overall, and shot 45% for the game, 36% (9-for-25) from the three-point line. Hart scored 18 points, going 4-for-12 from the three-point arc, and Brittany Hills added 17. 

Northwestern improved to 14-5 in the GPAC, 20-6 overall, and plays host to Midland on Saturday, Feb. 16 for Senior/Parent's Day.

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