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Photos From the DWU Women’s Welcome Home Ceremony

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team receives an applause at the conclusion of the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University senior Amber Bray makes her way to the stage followed by student assistant Jill Ricke during the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen receives a round of applause as DWU President Amy Novak gives remarks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

People fill the Sherman Center during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Chesney Nagel, third from right, laughs with teammate Ashley Bray, second from right, while being recognized by DWU Athletic Director Jon Hart during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University’s Rylie Osthus, from right, Ashley Bray, Chesney Nagel and Amber Bray laugh while Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen gives remarks during the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Chesney Nagel speaks at the podium as DWU President Amy Novak, Athletic Director Jon Hart and Assistant Athletic Director Curt Hart sit and listen during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team laugh as teammate Rylie Osthus, not pictured, speaks at the podium during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Rylie Osthus hugs fellow teammate Chesney Nagel after giving remarks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The National Championship trophy sits on the table next to the team during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The bracket with the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team as the National Champions is on display during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The NAIA Division II National Championship trophy is on display on a table during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The NAIA Division II National Championship trophy is on display on a table during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year trophy is on display on a table during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan senior Chesney Nagel speaks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University President Amy Novak speaks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen speaks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University President Amy Novak speaks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan volunteers hold up DWU flags in the hallway as people show up for the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Athletic Director Jon Hart speaks during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen walks towards the stage during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team wait inside the Wagner Chapel in the Rollins Campus Center before the start of the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Rylie Osthus, left, hugs teammate Ashley Bray after speaking during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan’s Kynedi Cheeseman speaks as a photo of her from the NAIA Division II National Tournament is on display above her during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan Assistant Coach Celeste Beck, center, smiles as DWU Head Coach Jason Christensen thanks Beck for hard work during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen speaks to his players as a photo of their celebration from the NAIA Division II National Championship game is on display during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen holds up a copy of Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Republic while speaking during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University seniors Shanna Selby, from left, Amber Bray, Chesney Nagel and Ashley Bray sit in the front row during the welcome home ceremony for the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University Head Coach Jason Christensen smiles as DWU President Amy Novak gives remarks during the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Dakota Wesleyan University President Amy Novak gives remarks during the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women’s basketball team on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team sit on stage during the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team wait inside the Wagner Chapel in the Rollins Campus Center before the start of the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team sits on stage during the welcome home ceremony for the DWU women on Wednesday in the Sherman Center on DWU’s campus. (Matt Gade / Republic)