Dordt defeats Northwestern 64-53
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt never trailed in winning the GPAC opener for both teams. Dordt scored the first eight points of the game on free throws by Alissa Pollema, a basket by Mycah Hulst, a bucket by Cassidy Vredevoogd and a two point basket by Kim Kroeze. Northwestern score its first points with 6:38 left in the first quarter but a Kroeze three-point basket pushed the lead to nine and Northwestern never got closer than eight the rest of the quarter.
Northwestern seemed poised to make a run on a couple different occasions in the second quarter but Dordt had an answer whenever the visitors cut the lead to seven. The Dordt lead never shrunk below seven in the third quarter and Dordt’s lead was 48-37 with ten minutes remaining.
An Abby Chapman three-point basket extended the lead to 51-37 and Chapman would hit another three with 7:31 remaining to balloon the lead to 55-40. The senior guard hit one more three-pointer with 6:08 left to give the Defenders a 58-42 lead and Northwestern never got closer than 11 in the closing minutes.
-Dordt limited Northwestern to a season low in points scored and limited the visitors to 16-67 shooting from the field for 23.9 percent.
-Dordt converted 23-56 field goals and started the game with a first half where it converted 46.9 percent of its field goals successfully.
-Northwestern held a 48-46 rebounding edge and turned the ball over 17 times to Dordt’s 20.
-Alissa Pollema led Dordt with 18 points and Abby Chapman had 13 for the Defenders. Pollema also had a team high nine rebounds. Chapman was the team leader with three assists.
-Kim Kroeze, Cassidy Vredevoogd and Shae De Jager all had eight points and De Jager had seven rebounds for the Defenders.
-Haley Birks led Northwestern with 14 points in a reserve role and Morgan VanderSloot and Darbi Gustafson had ten rebounds a piece. Renee Maneman had four assists.
-Dordt is 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC while Northwestern is 3-2 and 0-1. Northwestern had a three game winning streak stopped with the loss. Dordt will travel to Midland on Saturday while Northwestern goes to Hastings.
-This was Dordt’s first win in the series since a season opening win for the Defenders over Northwestern in the 1997-1998 season and spanned 35 games.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“We came out excited, focused and intentional on defense. We did a good job of communicating and executed the game plan. The girls were ready. We talked about having a controlled pace and do what we wanted to do on offense. Our strength is a number of girls can score. When Alissa Pollema slowed down and got us into the offense she gave us a lot of different looks and we got good shots. I’m proud of how Abby Chapman came back after she didn’t have a great weekend last weekend. We continued to tell her she has to shoot the ball. She had a lot of confidence. I thought Shae De Jager was phenomenal. She played great defense and got Northwestern’s posts in trouble which was important. She was strong with the ball….tonight was a break through night for Shae,” said Dordt College coach Katie DeWitt-Severson.
Hastings 74, Concordia 67
Briar Cliff 60, Dakota Wesleyan 55
Midland 89 Doane 84 ot
Dordt 64 Northwestern 53
Morningside 68 Mount Marty 58
Nebraska Wesleyan 84 College of Saint Mary 61