Sioux City, Iowa Haskell Indian Nations University’s women’s basketball season ended with a 75-64 loss to Dakota Wesleyan in the first round of the NAIA Div. II National Championships on Wednesday at the Tyson Events Center.
Tyler Sumpter led Haskell (23-7) with 19 points. Keli Warrior added 18 and Cerissa Honena-Reyes 10.
Sumpter had a team-high eight rebounds, but the Fightin’ Indians were outrebounded, 36-31.
Haskell shot just 35.7 percent from the field in the first half, while Dakota Wesleyan (26-8) hit 51.6 percent in taking a 44-30 lead at the break. Dakota led by as many as 17 in the third quarter.
HINU forged a 58-all tie on a three-pointer from Sumpter with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers pulled away.
Erica Herrold led DWU with 27 points.
Haskell 19 11 22 12 — 64
Dakota Wesleyan 24 20 14 17 — 75
Haskell (23-7) — Tyler Sumpter 19, Keli Warrior 18, Cerissa Honena-Reyes 10, Kortney Meat 9, Arnetia Begay 4, Cheyenne Livingston 2, Ember Sloan 2.
Dakota Wesleyan (26-8) — Erica Herrold 27, Ashley Bray 13, Amber Bray 13, Kristin Sabers 10, Kelsey Bertram 8, Rylie Osthus 4.
Haskell women craft feel-good tale (March 6, 2016)
Fans of Haskell Indian Nations University haven’t had much to cheer lately.
Haskell lost its conference affiliation when the nine-member Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference dissolved last April.
The university announced it was cutting its long-struggling football program in May due to budget concerns.
Then along came Haskell’s women’s basketball team.
The Fightin’ Indians finally overtook a longtime foe and overcame the nine-game injury loss of key junior forward Keli Warrior to earn a trip to the NAIA Div. II National Championships.