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Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 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.
Red Raiders Open Two-Game Road Trip Wednesday Night

Game Time...Third-ranked Northwestern begins a difficult two-game road stretch as they play Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday night, Feb. 12 in Mitchell, S.D. Tip-off at the Corn Palace is scheduled for 6pm. The Red Raiders are currently in first place in the GPAC standing with a 14-2 record, 22-2 overall. DWU is in sixth place in the conference standings with an 8-9 record, 15-11 overall. Listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at the following link: Listen Now

All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 35-12 and has won 10 straight match-ups against DWU. 

Last Time vs DWU...Northwestern used a big second half to outlast DWU 85-76 in a match-up of ranked teams played on Jan. 8 in Orange City, Iowa. 

The Red Raiders were behind the entire first half, trailing by as many as seven (36-29). They closed the first half on a 7-3 run to make it a three-point game, 39-36 at the break. 

Northwestern eventually tied the game, and following an 8-0 run, grabbed a 63-55 advantage with 10 minutes to go. DWU got as close as three but the Red Raiders defense took over, holding the Tigers without a field goal over the final four minutes. 

Samantha Kleinsasser scored a game-high 24 points and was one of four NWC players in double figures. Mackenzie Small put in 21 points while Alli Engebretson (12) and Karen Hutson (11) were the other top scorers. Northwestern shot 39% for the game and held a 42-39 edge on the glass.

DWU was led by Celeste Beck with 17 points and Erica Herrold added 15. 

Scouting Dakota Wesleyan...The Tigers have lost five straight games heading into Wednesday night's showdown with Northwestern. DWU has dropped back to sixth place in the GPAC with an 8-9 league record, 15-11 overall. During their recent five game skid, DWU has three losses by two points or less, losing to Doane, Dordt and Concordia in the final seconds. They also have two losses to Morningside during the streak. 

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 is scoring 76 points per game and ranks second in the GPAC with 186 three-pointers, shooting 34% from beyond the arc. They are giving up 71 points per game and hold opponents to 40% from the field. 

Senior Amanda Hart is one of four DWU players scoring in double figures, averaging a team-best 13 points per game. A two-time all-GPAC selection, Hart leads the the GPAC with 81 three-pointers. Celeste Beck scores 12.3 points per game and is third in the conference with 57 three-pointers, shooting a GPAC-best 42% from beyond the arc. Katie Johnson averages 11.7 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per and Kim Johnson, a 2013 NAIA All-American, scores 10.5 points per game. 

Northwestern News and Notes...Ranked third in the NAIA for the second straight week, Northwestern heads into Wednesday night in first place in the conference with a 14-2 record, 22-2 overall. They own a 1/2 game lead over Concordia and a full game lead over Hastings with four games left to play in the regular season. Northwestern has won three straight games, defeating Midland, Briar Cliff and Doane. 

Northwestern leads the conference and ranks second in the NAIA in scoring, averaging 91 points per game. They lead the league in all three shooting categories, shooting 48% from the field, 36% from the three-point line and 75% from the free throw line. Defensively, Northwestern is giving up 69 points per game and ranks fourth in the NAIA in rebounding (+10). 

Three players rank among the GPAC's top 10 in points per game, led by Alli Engebretson with a GPAC-leading 18.7 points per game. The senior is second in the conference with 75 three-pointers and pulls down 7.5 rebounds per game. Karen Hutson is fourth in the conference in scoring (17.3) and needs just 16 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Huston leads the conference in field  goal percentage (56%). Samantha Kleinsasser averages 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, shooting 53% from the field. Mackenzie Small has 43 three-pointers, shooting 40% from beyond the arc, and scores 12.9 points per game. 

Up Next...Northwestern will head to Seward, Neb. to play seventh-ranked Concordia on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2pm.