The Defender women enjoyed a nine point lead (80-71) with under six minutes to play but saw that advantage slip away as the Defenders fell 89-87 to Dakota State in a non-conference game this evening. Dordt College is now 1-1 on the year while Dakota State also moves to 1-1 this season.<p>
The Defenders jumped out to an early 19-12 lead on a Paige Engbers three pointer at the 13:28 mark. A fourteen point run by the Trojans turned a seven point deficit into a seven point cushion with Dakota State leading 26-19 on a pair of Ashley Williams free throws with 9:30 to play in the first half. Dordt rallied quickly to trim the lead down to just two (28-26)with 8:16 left on a Shae De Jager basket. The Trojans grabbed their seven point advantage (39-32) back with 3:52 left on an Erin Rabenberg field goal but the Defenders dominated the final four minutes of play, outscoring DSU 15-4 over that stretch to take a 47-43 lead into the halftime break.<p>
Dordt opened up an eight point lead (53-45)early in the first half with an Emily Neumann three pointer and the Defenders were still up eight (62-54) with 14 minutes to play after an Alissa Pollema field goal. The Defenders enjoyed their biggest lead of the second half at 68-59 after a make by Paige Engbers with 12:05 on the clock and continued to enjoy the nine point cushion (80-71) with just over six minutes to play.<p>
A 10-1 run by the Trojans knotted the game at 81-81 with 1:46 left to play. A Kim Kroeze field goal gave the Defenders an 83-81 lead but Dakota State answered with an 8-0 run to take an 89-83 lead with eleven seconds to play. Cassidy Vredevoogd scored with four seconds left to get the Defenders within four (89-85) and a late turnover by the Trojan led to a pair of Emily Neuman free-throws with one tick left on the clock for the 89-87 final.<p>
Abby Chapman had another big night for the Defenders contributing 22 points, four rebounds and four assists. Robyn Blount added thirteen points while Kim Kroeze added eleven points and grabbed nine boards and Paige Engbers finished with ten points. Mycah Hulst snared nine rebounds and had nine points and Alissa Pollema dished out a game high eight assists.<p>
Courtney Hulstein led all scorers with 24 points for the Trojans and Kennedy Wagner and Sharee Galbraith both added 18 with Galbraith also ripping down a game high 15 rebounds.<p>
"We had some really important defensive possessions down the stretch where we just couldn't get the stop," remarked Dordt College Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "we had a number of steals late which was great but unfortunately it wasn't enough and we rebounded well but they grabbed a couple crucial late offensive rebounds. There were a number of bright spots in this game for us that we can take away."<p>
The Defender women will play host to Grand View at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 8. This will be the first of four straight home games for Dordt College.
The Defender women will play host to Grandview at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 8. This will be the first of four straight home games for Dordt College.