Dakota Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run early in the second half to build up a 20-point lead and they would not allow Nebraska Wesleyan to get back within single digits as the Tigers defeated the Prairie Wolves 78-61 in GPAC women's basketball action on Saturday (Jan. 7) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Neb.
In a game with two teams tied for eighth in the league, it was the Tigers that picked up the much needed victory to improve to 12-7 overall, 3-6 GPAC while NWU fell to 5-9, 2-7 GPAC.
NWU leading scorer Shea Rasmussen scored the game's opening basket in the first 15 seconds but would not hit another field goal the rest of the way as she finished 1-13 from the floor.
Dakota Wesleyan led 39-31 at halftime as they held NWU to just 34.2 percent from the field. The score remained the same to start the second half as DWU led 49-39 with 16:39 to play. That is when the Tigers would score 10 straight points over the next three minutes to go up by 20 points and they would never look back.
NWU battled hard to get within 12 points twice but they could get no closer.
Junior Mallory Shanahan had a career-day for the Prairie Wolves as she had 28 points and 13 rebounds to keep the Prairie Wolves close. Also scoring in double figures for NWU was Queen Ohamara with 11 points.
Four different players reached double figures for DWU led by Elizabeth Lamb with 17.