Big third quarter propels Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball to road win at College of Saint Mary

Feb. 4—OMAHA, Neb. — A 30-point third quarter made a world of difference for the Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon.

Behind the outburst, the Tigers turned an eight-point halftime edge into a lopsided Great Plains Athletic Conference road win, sailing past the College of Saint Mary, 86-59.

Outside of the third frame, the Flames kept the game close, as the other three quarters resulted in a nine-point deficit, which included a difference of just one point in the first and fourth quarters. But a 30-11 push coming out of the locker room broke the game open for the visiting Tigers.

DWU went 6 of 7 from 3-point range as a team in the quarter, led by Isabel Ihnen, who went 3 of 4 from distance for all nine of her points on the afternoon. Overall, the Tigers converted 11 of 16 (68.8%) shots in the quarter and added a pair of free throws for good measure.

For the game, DWU (17-7, 11-7 GPAC) shot 34 of 63 (54%) overall and 10 of 20 from 3. Meanwhile, the Flames (5-19, 2-16 GPAC) were 23 of 48 (47.9%) from the field but turned the ball over 23 times to DWU's 16.

Matti Reiner paced all scorers, netting 23 points with four rebounds, six assists and three steals alongside Jada Campbell, who put up 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks. Morgan Edelman recorded 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals, while Ihnen added six rebounds, six assists and five steals.

For the Flames, Clare Lewandowski led the way with 17 points and three assists, as Bailey White chipped in 14 points and Madelyn Turner had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals.

DWU returns to the Corn Palace for another meeting with No. 20 Northwestern on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The Tigers knocked off the Red Raiders, 73-64, on Jan. 30.