Women's basketball

Northwestern @ Dakota Wesleyan 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 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.
Women's Basketball Resumes Conference Play Wednesday Night

Game Time...Northwestern College resumes conference play Wednesday night (Jan. 7) as they take on Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D. Tip-off at the Corn Palace is scheduled for 6pm. Northwestern is currently in seventh place in the GPAC with a 3-4 record, 9-6 overall. Dakota Wesleyan is just a half game in front and in sixth place with an even 4-4 league record, 10-7 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the DWU webcast at this link: Watch/Listen Now!  or listen live to the game via the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!

All-Time...Northwestern owns a 35-13 all-time advantage in the series against DWU. The Red Raiders are 10-1 over the last 11 match-ups, going 1-1 against the Tigers last year, each team winning on its home court. 

Scouting DWU...The Tigers are currently in sixth place in the GPAC with a 4-4 record, 10-7 overall. They opened the season with five consecutive wins but went through a 1-4 stretch over their next five games. The Tigers are 4-3 over their last seven games, earning wins over Doane, Dordt, Midland and Spring Hill while losing to Concordia, Mobile and Hastings. 

Jason Christensen is in his fifth season as the DWU head coach and returns two starters and seven players off a 2013-14 team that finished sixth in the GPAC with a 10-10 record. They lost to Morningside in the first round of the GPAC tournament to end the year at 18-13. 

Dakota Wesleyan averages 71 points per game, shooting 44% from the field and a GPAC-best 36% from beyond the arc. They rank 10th in the NAIA with 125 three-pointers. Defensively, the Tigers are giving up 65 points per game and are sixth in the league in rebounding (+2).

Returning starter Celeste Beck, a second team all-GPAC pick last year, leads the team in scoring, putting in 13 points per game. Beck is the Tigers' top perimeter threat with 47 three-pointers, shooting 41% from beyond the arc, and leads the team with 71 assists. Erica Herrold scores 12 points per game, shooting better than 50% from the field. Katie Johnson, a second team all-GPAC pick last year, averages eight points and a team-best five rebounds per game. Gabby Frybko, a transfer from Colorado State, scores eight points per game and is second on the team with 25 three-pointers.

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have won two straight and three of their last four games to climb to seventh place in the GPAC with a 3-4 record, 9-6 overall. They handed #18 Montana State-Northern (NAIA D-I) its first loss of the season last week, defeating the the Skylights 63-58 in overtime. They also have wins over Avila (Kan.) and Midland surrounding a loss to NCAA D-I Drake before the new year.

Northwestern averages 75 points per game while shooting 44% from the field, second best in the GPAC. Defensively, they are giving up 70 points per game and own a +3 edge on the boards. 

Karen Ettleman leads the conference in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game, ranking sixth in the NAIA. Ettleman leads the team in rebounding (6.1) and is shooting 46% from the field. Paige O'Neal scores 11.1 points per game and leads the GPAC in assists (77). Arianne Gesell scores 8.8 points per game and Morgan VanDerSloot (6.9) and Whitney Vander Maten (6.1) are the top perimeter shooters with 20 and 14 three-pointers, respectively.

Up Next...Northwestern heads to the road again on Saturday, Jan. 10 against #4 Concordia at 2pm in Seward, Neb.

Whitney Vander Maten

# 12 | Guard
Senior from Boyden, Iowa

Arianne Gesell

# 41 | Post
Senior from Fremont, NE

Morgan VanDerSloot

# 20 | Guard
Senior from Storm Lake, IA