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Dakota Wesleyan @ Northwestern 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 11, Orange City, Iowa

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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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Defense Keys Red Raiders Win Over DWU

A strong defensive pushed the Red Raiders past Dakota Wesleyan 80-66 in a GPAC match-up played tonight in the Bultman Center. Northwestern has now won five of its last six games and improved to 10-7 in the GPAC, 16-9 overall. 

Northwestern limited the Tigers, one of the top three-point shooting teams in the GPAC, to just 22% from beyond the arc and a mere 36% from the field. The Red Raiders also forced 15 turnovers and totaled seven steals and five blocked shots.

Karen Ettleman followed her career best, 36-point total against Doane on Saturday with a 22-point effort tonight, going 8-for-19 from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. Katy Kuiper put in a career-best 15 points, 13 scored in the second half, including two three-pointers. Arianne Gesell was the third NWC player in double figures with 12.

 The teams played a very tight opening 10 minutes that featured eight lead changes and three ties, the final one (16-16) coming with nine minutes left to go. A three-point play by DWU guard Celeste Beck put the Tigers in front for the final time as Northwestern went on to score the next 13 points, six by Ettleman, followed by a three-pointer by Morgan VanDerSloot and two free throws by Claudia Larsen, for a 29-19 advantage.

Northwestern extended its lead to as much as 12 after a lay-up by Kuiper with two minutes to go in the half until DWU made it a nine-point game at the break, 40-31.

A lay-up by freshman Ashley Bray brought the Tigers within seven (40-33) at the start of the second half but Northwestern answered with an 8-0 run, capped by a lay-up by Ettleman, to put the Red Raiders on top by 15, 48-33. DWU would get as close as eight (62-54) with seven minutes remaining but Northwestern always had an answer, quickly extending the lead to double digits for the rest of the way.

Northwestern shot 46% for the game and 38% (6-for-16) from beyond the arc. VanDerSloot added nine points, all scored from beyond the arc, and Paige O'Neal chipped in eight. The Red Raiders held a slim 42-39 edge on the glass, led by O'Neal with eight and Renee Maneman with seven. Maneman dished out a team-best six assists.

Erica Herrold scored 22 points to lead Dakota Wesleyan and Kristin Sabers netted 10. Katie Johnson posted a nine-point and 11 rebound effort. DWU slips to 7-11 in the GPAC, 14-14 overall. 

Northwestern will host third-ranked Concordia on Saturday, Feb.14 at 2pm for senior/parent's day.

Renee Maneman

# 15 | Guard
Junior from Fonda, Iowa

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