Morningside defeats Dordt College 84-59.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders allowed a ten point run to start the second half and never recovered in losing to Morningside on Tuesday, November 24 in a game played in Sioux City, Iowa.
Dordt trailed the entire contest, falling behind 24-12 at the end of the first period and the visitors were down 32-18 two minutes into the second quarter before fighting back to a 43-40 halftime deficit. Three baskets by Mycah Hulst with an Abby Chapman three-point shot mixed in got the difference to nine points.
Three-point baskets by Paige Engbers on three out of four possessions with a Shae De Jager field goal got Dordt to within 43-38 and Chapman converted two free throws with 28 seconds left to make it 43-40 at halftime.
Morningside scored ten straight points in the first 2:13 of the second half with a Cassidy Vredevoogd free throw stopping the run. Morningside then went on a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach and led 68-44 after three quarters.
Paige Engbers hit three more three-point shots in the fourth quarter and Morningside settled for the 84-59 win.
Dordt is 4-5 overall and 1-2 in GPAC play after the loss while Morningside is 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the GPAC.
-Morningside had a 44-38 rebounding edge and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds.
-Dordt committed 21 turnovers to Morningside’s 11.
-Dordt was 23-58 from the field for 39.7 percent success and made 5-8 free throws.
-Morningside was 32-77 from the field—making 41.6 percent of its shots. The Mustangs made 14-27 three-point shots and 6-8 free throws.
-Engbers led Dordt while converting 6-11 three-point baskets.
-Mycah Hulst had 12 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Defenders and Abby Chapman added 10 points.
-Alyssa Pollema handed out seven assists for the Defenders and Cassidy Vredevoogd had seven points and six rebounds.
-Morningside was led by Lexi Ackerman’s 16 points and six assists while Taylor Bahensky and Madison Braun each had 14 points.
-Dordt will resume play with a pair of exhibition games on Saturday and Monday, November 28 and 30 when it travels to face Augustana (South Dakota) and Northern State (South Dakota). The Defenders resume GPAC play on Wednesday, December 2 at the DeWitt Gym against Dakota Wesleyan.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I thought we had a good finish to the first half especially after we struggled offensively in the first quarter. The girls came back, they dug in, they executed really well and they got us back in the game. We showed some toughness in the first half but unfortunately that didn’t translate in the second half. Morningside took away the high post hard and when we switched our offense we weren’t patient enough. That was disappointing to see and I thought we were really casual, we were casual with the ball and casual on defense and when you are playing the national champions you can’t let them take easy shots and you can’t take any play off,” said Dordt College coach Katie DeWitt-Severson.
Hastings College 72, College of Saint Mary 60
Northwestern College 77, Briar Cliff University 64
Nebraska Wesleyan University 69, Midland University 59
Morningside College 84, Dordt College 59
Concordia University 71, Doane College 66
Dakota Wesleyan University 72, Mount Marty College 47