January 15, 2020 - 12:49 pm - Posted in Sports

Northwestern College begins the second half of its conference schedule with a road game against Mount Marty Wednesday night in Yankton, S.D. Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm. Northwestern has lost three of its last four games, all to ranked teams, and sits in sixth place in the GPAC with a 6-5 record, 11-5 overall. Mount Marty is in eighth place at the midpoint of the GPAC schedule with a 4-7 record, 10-7 overall.

The Lancers are 2-2 since the new year, going 1-1 in each of the last two weeks, with wins against College of Saint Mary and Midland and losses to ranked teams, Morningside and Dordt. All four games were decided by six points or less. Mount Marty currently holds the eighth and final GPAC postseason tournament spot with a 4-7 record at the mid-point of the conference schedule, 10-7 overall. They hold a one game lead on Midland and trail Jamestown by a half game.

Schlimgen is in his second year as the Lancers head coach and 13th season as a coach within the program. He spent 11 years as an assistant and was also a high school coach in South Dakota. Schlimgen returns three starters, six players, from a 2018-19 team that finished tied with Jamestown for ninth place in the GPAC at 8-14, 15-14 overall.

The Red Raiders have lost two straight, three of their last four games, and dropped five spots to 17th in the latest NAIA Coaches’ poll released today. They are currently sixth in the GPAC with a 6-5 record, 11-5 overall. Northwestern is one of seven teams from the GPAC to earn recognition in the coaches’ poll, joining Hastings (2), Concordia (3), Morningside (7), Dordt (9), Dakota Wesleyan (12) and Jamestown (RV). Most recently, Coach Yaw’s squad has lost games to Concordia, DWU and Morningside while earning a road win over Doane.

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