Holiday Inn Express Classic
Dordt defeats Graceland 87-73
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College never trailed in earning its second women’s basketball win of the 2015-16 season, an 87-73 win over Graceland on Saturday as part of the Holiday Inn Express Classic.
Dordt led by as many as 11 in the first quarter after a basket by Cassidy Vredevoogd with 2:12 left in the session and the Defenders settled for a five point lead as the Yellow Jackets closed the quarter on a 6-0 run.
The streak extended to seven straight with an early free throw but an Abby Chapman three-point basket with 9:02 left in the half allowed Dordt to fight off Graceland. The lead would get down to two points on a couple occasions but Dordt had an answer as they closed the half on a 12-6 run and led 42-34 at halftime.
Dordt was able to sustain a sizable lead most of the second half and outscored Graceland 24-18 in the fourth period.
-Alyssa Pollema scored 19 points and made 7-9 free throws and took in 10 rebounds with three assists.
-Abby Chapman scored 15 points and had four assists for Dordt.
-Mycah Hulst blocked three shots and had a team high 12 rebounds.
-Dordt converted 16-22 free throws and 31-71 field goals.
-Graceland was limited to 23-72 shooting but had a 51-45 rebounding advantage.
-Dordt cut down on their turnovers from Friday night and committed 15 turnovers while Graceland had 14.
-Graceland fell to 0-2 and got 16 points and 17 rebounds from Sydney Vaughn.
-Dordt is now 2-2 and will play Grand View and Mayville State on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 in Des Moines as part of a classic hosted by Grand View.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
"Overall we played much more composed. We were smarter with our offensive possessions and valued the ball a lot more today. Alissa Pollema was outstanding. She controlled the pace of the game, was scrappy on the boards and mad 18 of 21 free throws on the weekend. We still have a lot of areas to improve upon but this was a big step forward for our team," said Dordt College women's basketball coach Katie DeWitt-Severson.