Mitchell, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan kept it rolling from Friday night to go a perfect 2-0 on the weekend and earn another 90-point blowout win with their 91-45 rout of Hastings. DWU outscored Doane and Hastings 188-103 between the two games to start 2-0 in the GPAC. The Tigers dominated from start to finish, winning the quarters 19-10, 26-13, 30-13, and with mostly reserves in 16-9. Dakota Wesleyan was led by Grace Fryda who tore up the Broncos zone with her 6-8 shooting beyond the arc on her way to 18 points. Emma Yost continued to produce with her 16 points, giving her double-digit points in all four games to start her freshman career. DWU continued to pass the ball well and find the highest percentage shot leading to their 27 assists. The Tigers had 27 assists on 33 converted field goals for a 82% ratio.
Highlighted Player– Grace Fryda ~ 18 points 6-8 3PM
Points – Grace Fryda (18)
Assists – Morgan Edelman (4)
Rebounds – Morgan Edelman (11)
Blocks – Isabel Ihnen (1)
Recap – Coming off their near 40-point victory over Doane University yesterday the Tigers showed no signs of slowing down in the early stages of this one. DWU scored the first five points of the contest and only grew on that lead throughout the quarter, taking the quarter 19-10. Both offenses struggled to find a groove, but the Tiger suffocating defense was on full display in that first quarter forcing seven Broncos turnovers and scoring seven points off those turnovers. Dakota Wesleyan faced a Hastings zone defense for the first quarter that was giving up the elbow and top of the key which DWU took advantage of towards the end of the quarter. The 19 points given up by the Broncos could have been a lot more with the lapses on defense that gave DWU open looks that they didn’t convert on. Lacey Sprakel and Rylee Rosenquist led in scoring with Sprakel five and Rosenquist four off the bench. The bench for the Tigers scored 12 of the 19 points in the quarter.
After shooting just 35.3% in the first quarter the Tigers found their groove they had going in last night’s contest, shooting a very efficient 50% from the field on their way to dominating the second quarter 26-13. Hastings took better care of the ball in the quarter, only turning it over three times but couldn’t get high percentage looks against the Tiger defense that was executing their defensive gameplan holding the Broncos to just 23 points and 25% shooting. DWU was moving the ball well, finding the open shot like they always do on offense as one of the best assisting teams in the country. At the half the Tigers had 12 assists on 16 converted field goals.
The Tigers showed zero signs of slowing down in the third quarter dominating the Broncos 30-13. The third quarter was the Grace Fryda show who could not miss from deep. Fryda made the Tigers pay with three straight triples, breaking down that zone defense. DWU as a team found an answer for the Broncos zone coming out of the locker room and HAS made little to no adjustment to combat the open looks the Tigers were getting on the top of the key and beyond the arc. Both squads went deep in the bench for most of the fourth quarter. Dakota Wesleyan held the Broncos to just nine points and 17.6% shooting. The Tigers were led by Maleighya Estes who had eight points and five rebounds in the 10 minutes. The eight points was a new career-high for Estes.
- The Tigers are 13-27 all-time against Hastings with today’s win.
- DWU has now won the last two matchups with HAS.
- Dakota Wesleyan women’s basketball hits the road for a tough matchup with the No. 12 ranked Chargers of Briar Cliff University Tuesday, November 21 with tipoff at 6 p.m.