No. 1-ranked Dakota Wesleyan ended a long losing streak against Morningside when it defeated the ninth-ranked Mustangs 91-81 in a showdown between a pair of Top 10 teams in Wednesday’s GPAC women’s basketball game in Mitchell, S.D.
The Tigers, who had dropped 24 straight games against Morningside, defeated the Mustangs for the first time since 2004. Dakota Wesleyan remained undefeated with a 10-0 record, including a 4-0 mark in the GPAC, while the Mustangs dropped to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Dakota Wesleyan had five players score in double figures and led for almost the entire contest. The Mustangs held only three leads in the game, the last time at 50-49 after Lexi Ackerman made the front end of a two-shot foul with 5:17 left in the third quarter.
Freshman Sarah Carr came off the bench to lead the Tigers with a double-double of 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Ashley Bray also scored 19 points, followed by Amber Bray with 13, Erica Herrold with 12, and Rylie Osthus with 11.
Madison Braun led the Mustangs with a game-high 28 points to finish two tallies shy of her career scoring high. Lauren Lehmkuhl joined her in double figures with 14 points, while Taylor Bahensky just missed with nine points. Ackerman, Jordyn Moser, and Sydney Hupp all had eight points.
The freshman Moser had her top scoring performance of the season to go along with a team and season’s high six rebounds.
Dakota Wesleyan outrebounded the Mustangs 36-26 and outscored its opponent by 18 points from the 3-point arc. The Tigers made 11 of 24 3-point field goal attempts for 45.8 percent compared to a five-for-23 effort for 21.7 percent by the Mustangs.
Aside from her game-high 28 points, Braun also led all performers with five steals.
Morningside will host sixth-ranked College of the Ozarks on Saturday at 2 p.m.