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Dakota Wesleyan @ Northwestern 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, Orange City, IA


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About DWU

Located in Mitchell, SD, Dakota Wesleyan University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Ranked Teams Set To Play in Orange City

Game Time...Second ranked Northwestern plays host to Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC women's basketball match-up between ranked teams. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm. Northwestern is in first place in the GPAC with a 7-0 mark, 15-0 overall, while Dakota Wesleyan received votes in the last poll with a 4-3 conference record, 11-5 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!  or follow the live stats at this link: Live Stats!

All-Time...Northwestern has won nine straight against DWU, including both match-ups last season. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 34-12, dating back to the 1982-83 season.

Scouting Dakota Wesleyan...The Tigers are currently tied with Morningside for fifth place in the GPAC with a 4-3 record. They are one of six league teams in this week's NAIA D-II poll and are 11-5 overall. DWU has dropped three of its last four games, earning a win over Hope International (Calif.) while losing to Concordia (Neb.), The Master's (Calif.) and Hastings (Neb.).

Jason Christensen is in his fourth season as the Tigers' head coach and returns three starters and eight players off a 2012-13 squad that finished fifth in the GPAC with an 11-9 record, 20-11 overall. Last year marked the first 20-win season in 10 years for DWU while also being the first time the Tigers were ranked over the same time span. Under Christensen's direction, the Tigers finished with a better record in each of his three prior seasons.

Dakota Wesleyan scores 76 points per game while being one of the top three-point shooting teams in the GPAC at 34%, averaging 7.2 per game. They are sixth in the league in rebounding (+1) and are giving up 69 points per game, fourth best in the GPAC.

DWU has remarkable balance on offense with seven players scoring over 7.5 points per game. Junior forward Katie Johnson leads the team with 12.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, shooting 62% from the field. Senior guard Amanda Hart, a two-time second team all-GPAC selection, scores 11.8 points per game and is third in the GPAC with 47 three-pointers. Kim Johnson, a second team NAIA All-American last year, averages 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while Celeste Beck leads the NAIA in three-point percentage (49%), scoring 10 points per game.

Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern is off to its best start in program history with a 7-0 league record, 15-0 overall. They are one of just three undefeated teams left in the NAIA, joining St. Francis (Ind.) and Point Park (Pa.). The Red Raiders have eight wins over teams currently ranked (NAIA D-I or NAIA D-II) and lead the GPAC by one game over #7 Concordia nearing the halfway point of the conference schedule. 

Northwestern leads the GPAC in scoring, ranking third in the NAIA at 94.3 points per game. They are the top rebounding team in the NAIA (+13) and are also among the nation's leader in field goal percentage (48%), three-point percentage (37%) and assists (301). Defensively, the Red Raiders give up 68 points per game and lead the league in field goal percentage defense (37%). 

The Red Raiders boast the top two scorers in the GPAC in Alli Engebretson (19.3) and Karen Hutson (18.4). Engebretson has scored in double figures in all 15 games and is second in the GPAC with 50 three-pointers. She pulls down 6.5 rebounds per game. Hutson leads the conference in field goal percentage (59%) and also pulls down nearly six boards per game. Samantha Kleinsasser averages 15.8 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures in every game this year. She is second in the league in field goal percentage (55%). Mackenzie Small scores 11.9 points per game and is second on the team with 27 three-pointers. Paige O'Neal ranks third in the NAIA with a GPAC-leading 91 assists to go with 5.7 points per game. 

Up Next...Northwestern plays host to #7 Concordia on Saturday at 2pm in another showdown of ranked teams. 

Mackenzie Small

# 20 | Guard
Senior from Hinton, Iowa

Samantha Kleinsasser

# 24 | Post
Senior from Huron, S.D.

Alli Engebretson

# 15 | Guard
Senior from Ames, Iowa

Karen Hutson

# 14 | Guard
Junior from Logan, Iowa

Paige O'Neal

# 10 | Guard
Junior from Hornick, Iowa