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Mount Marty @ Northwestern 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, Orange City, Iowa


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Located in Yankton, S.D., Mount Marty College is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Red Raiders Host Lancers In Conference Match-Up

Game Time...Northwestern College plays host to Mount Marty in a GPAC match-up on Wednesday, Jan. 28 beginning at 6pm. The Red Raiders are in seventh place in the GPAC with a 6-6 league record, 12-8 overall. Mount Marty is in sixth place in the GPAC with a 7-7 conference record, 16-7 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or listen to the KSOU broadcast at this link: Listen Now!

All-Time...Northwestern is 9-1 over the last 10 match-ups and leads the all-time series 50-20, beginning in 1976-77, against the Lancers. 

Last Time vs Mount Marty...Karen Ettleman recorded her third career double-double in leading Northwestern to a 69-61 road win over Mount Marty played Dec. 3 in Yankton, S.D. 

Ettleman scored a game-high 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Northwestern scoring effort. The senior also dished out six assists and three steals while making 9-of-24 field goal attempts. 

The lead switched hands four times over the opening 10 minutes until the Red Raiders outscored Mount Marty 11-3 over a four minute stretch to open up a 23-19 lead. A jumper by Ettleman put NWC on top 30-24 but a Alex Kneeland three-pointer moments later cut the lead in half, 30-27, where the score stayed at the break. 

Back-to-back lay-ups by Arianne Gesell gave Northwestern its largest lead (44-37) at the 12:30 mark but a lay-up by Cassidy Gebhart ignited a 16-2 Mount Marty run, giving the Lancers their largest advantage, 53-46 with six minutes left. Still down seven (55-48), the Red Raiders outscored the hosts 13-3 to retake the lead 61-58 after a jumper by Paige Danner. Kneeland converted an old-fashioned three-point play to tie it at 61 but Northwestern closed the game on an 8-0 run, holding Mount Marty scoreless over the final three minutes.

Northwestern shot 40% for the game, 23% (3-for-13) from beyond the arc. Gesell added a career-high 17 points, making 8-of-her-9 field goal attempts. Danner netted a career-best eight points coming off the bench. Northwestern held a big 53-40 advantage on the boards, led by Ettleman (12) and Claudia Larsen (8). 

Mount Marty was led by Kneeland with 18 points and April Winne with 13. Raquel Sutera chipped in nine points and 11 boards. Mount Marty shot 38% for the game but was held to just 33% from beyond the arc (7-for-21).

Scouting the Lancers...Mount Marty has won five straight games to move up to sixth place in the current GPAC standings with a 7-7 league record, 16-7 overall. They are a perfect 9-0 in non-conference play and own wins over Presentation, Dakota Wesleyan, Midland, Dordt and Doane during its current streak. 

Tom Schlimgen is in his seventh overall season as the head coach of the Lancers, guiding Mount Marty to the NAIA D-II National Championship his first season. Schlimgen returns three starters and 10 players off last year's team that finished 10th in the GPAC with a 4-16 record, 13-17 overall. 

The Lancers are third in the GPAC in scoring, averaging 78 points per game. They rank third in the NAIA in three-pointers made (233), putting in over 10 per game and shooting 36% from beyond the arc. Defensively, Mount Marty is giving up 68 points per game. 

Junior Alex Kneeland, a transfer from Augustana College, is one of four Lancers' players scoring in double figures, averaging a team-best 16 points per game. Kneeland leads the GPAC and ranks sixth in the NAIA with 69 three-pointers. April Winne, an All-American in 2013, scores 12.5 points per game and leads the team with 76 assists. The senior has made 34 three-pointers and shoots 43% from beyond the arc. Raquel Sutera (10.5) and Holly Hegge (10.0) are the other top scorers while Sutera leads the team with eight rebounds per game. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders evened their league record to 6-6 with a convincing 86-51 road win over Nebraska Wesleyan last time out. They are in seventh place in the GPAC and own a 12-8 record overall. 

Northwestern is scoring 76 points per game and leads the GPAC in field goal percentage (45%). They are giving up 70 points per contest and own a +3 advantage on the boards this season.

Karen Ettleman continues to lead the GPAC in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game. The senior moved into ninth place all-time, passing Amy (Larson) Storlie, with 1,579 career points. Ettleman has scored in double figures in all but one game and has 14 games with 20+ points this season. Paige O'Neal scores 11.3 points per game and is second in the GPAC with 100 assists. Morgan VanDerSloot leads NWC with 27 three-pointers, shooting 37% from beyond the arc. 

Up Next...Northwestern will host Midland on Saturday, Jan. 31.

Karen Ettleman

# 14 | Guard
Senior from Logan, Iowa

Paige O'Neal

# 10 | Guard
Senior from Hornick, Iowa

Arianne Gesell

# 41 | Post
Junior from Fremont, Neb.

Morgan VanDerSloot

# 20 | Guard
Junior from Storm Lake, Iowa

Paige Danner

# 22 | Guard
Freshman from Westside, Iowa

Claudia Larsen

# 40 | Forward
Freshman from Fonda, Iowa