The Mount Marty men’s team led by three at halftime at the Corn Palace against 18th-ranked Dakota Wesleyan last night, but the Tigers shot 60 percent in the second half to defeat the Lancers 77-58. Colby Johnson led Mount Marty with 21 points, while Saba G added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
In the women’s contest at Mitchell, defending national champion Dakota Wesleyan pulled away from a five-point halftime lead to beat Mount Marty by a 65-48 score. Sophomore Karlee McKinney topped the Lancers with 21 points. The Mount Marty teams have a G-PAC doubleheader at Doane on Saturday.
Mount Marty junior Jonah Rechtenbaugh has been named the G-PAC Male Athlete of the Week in Indoor Track. Rechtenbaugh won the 400-meter dash at the Dakota Wesleyan Invite in a school record time of 48.94 seconds. His time is the best in the conference this year and the fifth fastest in the nation.
Mount Marty senior Kiana Hoff was selected as the G-PAC Female Athlete of the Week for Indoor Track. Hoff won the women’s 600 meter run at Mitchell in a conference best time which stands ninth in the nation this year.
South Dakota guard Ciara Duffy of Rapid City was honored as the Summit League Female Athlete of the Month for January. The 6’1” junior led the Coyotes last month by averaging 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. USD is 20 and 3 overall and rated 26th in the national A-P women’s basketball poll.
The USD women’s basketball team led 29-0 after one quarter and trounced Omaha 78-33 in Vermillion last night. The Mavericks scored just six points in the first half as the Coyotes raised their season record to 21 and 3 overall.
The USD men’s basketball squad will face Omaha tonight in Summit League basketball starting at 7 p-m at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Four Yankton Bucks seniors will go on and play college football next fall. Michael Drotzmann will punt for South Dakota State University, Rex Ryken will play wide receiver at Dakota Wesleyan, and linebacker Levi Wiersma and defensive back Justin Cap have signed to play college football at Northwestern in Orange City.