Dakota State def. Dordt 84-75
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College led most of the first half but was unable to hold the intermission advantage in falling 84-75 to Dakota State in women’s basketball.
Dordt started the game with a 7-1 run with Mycah Hulst scoring five of the points. Dakota State responded by chipping away at the lead and got to the free throw line for the bonus midway through the first quarter but were unable to take full advantage as the Defenders eventually pushed the lead to 25-19 on a buzzer beater by Paige Engbers just inside the half court line.
Dordt maintained a five point lead early in the second quarter and was up 35-30 with 3:19 left in the half. The visitors scored five in a row to tie it but it was Engbers who again had an answer with a three-point basket and she hit another just before the half ended to turn a one point deficit into a 41-39 edge.
Dakota State started the second half on a 9-0 run and never trailed again as the lead grew to double digits with 2:45 left in the third quarter. Dordt got down as many as 18 points before closing the gap to six but got no closer in dropping the non-conference game.
-Dordt converted 23-58 field goals for 39.7 percent and 9-24 three-point shots for 37.5 percent.
-Dakota State was 27-66 from the field and 7-15 on three-point buckets for 40.9 and 46.7 percent shooting respectively.
-Dakota State had a 44-39 rebounding advantage and committed 18 turnovers to 22 for the Defenders.
-Paige Engbers led Dordt with 15 points on 5-10 three-point shots and she had five rebounds and three steals.
-Cassidy Vredevoogd and Kim Kroeze each had 12 points for the Defeners and both had five rebounds.
-Abby Chapman and Mycah Hulst had a team high seven rebounds and Robyn Blount came off the bench to score nine for Dordt.
-Courtney Hulstein had 18 points to lead all scorers and made 5-9 field goals for Dakota State.
-Kelsey Little had 17 points in a reserve effort for Dakota State and BreeAna Olson added 15. Sharee Galbraith grabbed a game high 14 rebounds.
-Dordt is 0-2 and will face Northwest (Washington) on Friday at 8:00. Dakota State is now 2-1.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAYS
“I was happy with 75 points offensively but to give up 84 is too many. Dakota State took advantage of our lack of depth and got us in foul trouble by taking it at us physically in the first half. Paige had another good night shooting the ball as she went 5-10 and is 10-20 this season from the three-point line,” said DeWitt-Severson.