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Northwestern @ Mount Marty 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, Yankton, S.D.


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About MM

Located in Yankton, S.D., Mount Marty College is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
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Balanced Scoring Keys Northwestern Win

Northwestern earned its second straight win as they defeated Mount Marty 97-87 in a GPAC match-up played tonight in Yankton, S.D. 

How It Happened...

Northwestern opened the game on a 16-0 run as six different Red Raiders scored during the opening run; Haley Birks knocked down two of her career-high four three-pointers during the run.

Mount Marty followed with a 13-3 run of its own, cutting the Northwestern lead to 19-13 by the end of the first quarter. 

A three-pointer by Mikayla Prouty put the Lancers within five (21-16) but Northwestern responded with its second big run, outscoring Mount Marty 18-3 over a five minute span to take a 39-19 lead. The Red Raiders hit on four three-pointers during the run, two by Paige Danner and one each for Birks and Morgan VanDerSloot. 

Back-to-back three-pointers by Alex Kneeland during the final minute capped a 14-6 Mount Marty run during the final three minutes to put the score at 45-33 at halftime.

An 11-point game (49-38) at the eight minute mark of the third quarter, Northwestern went on a 13-0 run, holding the Lancers scoreless for over a three-minute stretch, to take its largest lead, 62-38. Both Whitney Vander Maten and Kassidy De Jong scored five points during the run. 

Once again, the host Lancers answered with a run of their own, outscoring NWC 14-6 over the final three minutes, to make it a 13-point game (70-57) by the end of the third quarter. 

Kneeland drained two long three-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter as the Lancers made it a seven-point game (70-63). Northwestern pushed the lead back to 15 following baskets by Katy Kuiper and free throws by Birks. One more push by the host Lancers made it a seven-point game with 49 seconds left but Northwestern iced the game at the line, going 5-for-6 down the stretch. 

By the Numbers...

Balanced scoring was one of the keys as six Northwestern players put up double figures, led by Kuiper with a career high 21 points. Birks netted 16 and both Vander Maten and De Jong scored 11. VanDerSloot and Danner added 10 points each. 

Northwestern shot 49% (27-55) for the game and an impressive 63% (10-for-16) from the three-point line. 

The Red Raiders held a slim 39-37 edge on the  glass but was limited to five on the offensive side. 

Renee Maneman led the rebounding effort with eight, followed by Arianne Gesell with seven.

Maneman dished out eight assists. 

Northwestern made 33 of its 40 free throw attempts, shooting 83% from the charity stripe.

Alex Kneeland led all scorers with a school-record 46 points, making 8-of-16 three-point attempts. 

Cassidy Gebhart (14) and Sammy Kasowski (11) were also in double figures for Mount Marty

The Lancers shot 41% for the game, 29% (9-for-31) from the three-point line.

The win improves Northwestern to 6-5 in the GPAC, 11-6 overall, and moves the Red Raiders into a three-way tie for fifth place (with Mount Marty and Briar Cliff). 

The Lancers drop to 6-5 in conference play, 12-7 overall.

Northwestern heads to Fremont, Neb. to play Midland on Saturday, Jan. 16.


Paige Danner

# 22 | Guard
Junior from Westside, Iowa

Renee Maneman

# 15 | Guard
Junior from Fonda, Iowa

Kassidy De Jong

# 30 | Guard
Sophomore from Hospers, Iowa

Haley Birks

# 42 | Forward
Sophomore from Rockwell City, Iowa

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