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Northwestern @ Mount Marty 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, Yankton, SD

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About MM

Located in Yankton, SD, Mount Marty College is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders To Play Mount Marty

Game Time...Second-ranked Northwestern begins a two-game road trip as they play Mount Marty on Wednesday night, Jan. 29, in Yankton, S.D. Tip-off at the Laddie E. Cimpl Arena is at 6pm. Northwestern is currently in first place in the GPAC with an 11-1 record, 19-1 overall. Mount Marty is currently in 10th place in the conference standings with a 1-12 record, 9-13 overall. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now

All-Time...Northwestern has won 16 straight match-ups against the Lancers, including an 87-71 win at the Bultman Center earlier this year. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 49-19 dating back to the 1976-77 season. 

Last Time vs MMC...A balanced offense helped Northwestern to an 87-71 win over Mount Marty in a conference match-up played on Dec. 4 in Orange City. 

Five Red Raiders scored in double figures, led by Samantha Kleinsasser with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Mackenzie Small registered the first double-double of her career with 15 points and 10 boards, scoring all of her points by way of a career-best five three-pointers. Karen Hutson (18) and Allie Engebretson (17) were also in double figures. 

Northwestern trailed by as much as nine early but used an 11-2 run to tie it at 17. The Red Raiders went ahead by five (44-39) at the half and stretched the lead to 15 with 12 minutes left to go. 

Northwestern shot 45% for the game while the Lancers were held to 34%. Mount Marty was led by both Cassidy Gebhart and Raquel Sutera with 18 points each. 

About the Lancers...Mount Marty has dropped four straight contests since winning back-to-back games against Dakota State and Presentation earlier this month. They lost to Dakota Wesleyan, Midland, Dordt and Doane to drop to 1-12 in the GPAC, 9-13 overall. 

Tom Schlimgen begins his sixth season as the Lancers head coach after a long stint as a successful high school coach. Last year, he guided Mount Marty to a 10-10 league record, tying Dordt and Hastings for sixth place. They lost in the first round of the postseason tournament to end the season with a 17-14 overall record. The Lancers lost six players to graduation off that squad. 

Mount Marty scores 74 points per game, shooting 41% from the field and a GPAC-best 37% from the three-point arc. They average 8.5 three-pointers per game, sixth most in the NAIA. Defensively, the Lancers are giving up 71 points per game. 

Raquel Sutera leads the Lancers in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game. She has 36 three-pointers, shooting a GPAC-best 46% from beyond the arc. Logan Wagner scores 11.2 points per game and leads the team with 45 three-pointers, shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc. Cassidy Gebhart is second in the conference with 93 assists and Allison DeKam, the lone returning starter, is tied for second in the league with 31 blocked shots. 

Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern is in first place in the GPAC with an 11-1 record, a half game in front of Hastings. The Red Raiders are tied with Davenport (Mich.) for the second spot in the NAIA D-II women's coaches' poll, behind Saint Francis (Ind.). They are 19-1 overall, needing just one more win for its ninth-straight 20+-win season.

Northwestern is the highest scoring team in the league, averaging 92.2 points per game, second most in the NAIA. They are among the nation's best in field goal percentage (47%-3rd), three-point percentage (37%-4th), free throw percentage (75%-9th) and rebounding (+11-2nd). Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 68 points per game and lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (37%). 

Alli Engebretson leads the GPAC in scoring at 18.9 points per game, reaching double figures in all but one game this season. The senior is second in the league with 63 three-pointers while shooting nearly 40% from beyond the arc. Karen Hutson is fourth in the league in scoring (17.1ppg) and first in field goal percentage (57%). Samantha Kleinsasser scores 16.2 points per game and is third in the GPAC in rebounding (7.6). Mackenzie Small averages 12.6 points per game and is second on the team with 38 three-pointers. Paige O'Neal rounds out the starting line-up and averages 5.9 points to go with a GPAC-leading 118 assists. 

Up Next...Northwestern heads to Fremont, Neb. to play Midland on Saturday, Feb. 1. 

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