Women's Varsity Basketball vs. Mount Marty

L 73-80

6:00 PM - Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Sioux Center, Iowa
Conference Match

Recap

SCORE

Mount Marty defeats Dordt 80-73 2ot.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

Dordt battled back from a 13 point second half deficit but was turned away 80-73 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s basketball game that took two overtime sessions to decide on Wednesday night in Sioux Center.

The Defenders led for much of the first quarter before an eight point run by the Lancers over the final 2:18 of the period put Mount Marty up 15-12.  The Lancers scored on an Alex Kneeland basket to start the second quarter and pushed the lead to as many as nine at 26-17 before Dordt outscored the Lancers 7-3 to cut the gap to 29-24 on a Kim Kroeze basket right before the half ended.

The Lancers fought off a charge by the Defenders to start the second half by taking a 49-36 lead after Dordt had the gap cut to 29-27.  The difference was still six as the third quarter came to an end with Mycah Hulst converting a short shot to cap the quarter.

The Lancers seemed in control of the game with a 55-44 lead at the 6:54 mark and the lead was still nine at 57-48 when Dordt started its comeback.  A basket by Jamie Gesink cut the lead to five and Alissa Pollema followed with a field goal at the 3:58 mark to get the score to 57-52.  Gesink added another basket to make it 57-54 and Kim Kroeze scored on a pair of free throws with 1:46 remaining in regulation. 

Mount Marty broke their scoreless drought with a Raquel Sutera free throws but Mycah Hulst tied it with nine seconds left off an assist by Jamie Gesink for a 58-58 deadlock.  Hulst was called for a foul with less than a second remaining in regulation on the ensuing play but Mount Marty was unable to convert either free throw and the teams went to an extra session.

Gesink scored the first points of the overtime to give Dordt its first lead since the first quarter but the Lancers answered with a three-point shot.  Mount Marty eventually led 64-60 with a six point run but Dordt tied it with a Paige Engbers three-point basket and a free throw by Alissa Pollema.  Another basket by Gesink put Dordt 66-65 after the Lancers scored a free throw and Dordt led 68-65 after Gesink converted a pair of free throws with 26 seconds left. 

Mount Marty didn’t fade as Kneeland made a three-point shot to tie it and Dordt turned it over with eight seconds left.  Kneeland had a shot to win it but that attempt was off the mark and the teams went to another extra five minutes. 

Dordt led briefly in the second overtime after an Engbers free throw but the Lancers eventually built a 76-70 lead and Dordt got no closer than four in falling 80-73.

 

THE NUMBERS

-Dordt was 24-63 shooting for 38.1 percent but just 4-14 from the three-point line and 21-35 from the free throw line.

-Mount Marty was 22-61 from the field for 36.1 percent success and 9-25 from the arc.  The Lancers had an equally difficult night shooting free throws where they made 27-46.

-Gesink had a season high 16 points with eight rebounds.

-Mycah Hulst recorded her 10th double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

-Cassidy Vredevoogd added 12 points and seven rebounds with Kim Kroeze adding 11.  Paige Engbers tossed in nine points.

-Kneeland had a game high 31 points and Kellie Winckler scored 14 off the bench with ten rebounds for the Lancers.

-Dordt’s Kroeze, Abby Chapman, Gesink and Hulst all fouled out.  Mount Marty lost Sutera and Sammy Kasowski.

-The two teams combined for 81 free throw attempts and Dordt had a 48-43 rebounding advantage.

-Dordt is 4-12 overall and 1-9 in GPAC play while Mount Marty is 5-4 in the GPAC and 11-6 overall.

-Dordt will host Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, January 9.

 

COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAYS

“We had a lot of youth on the floor late in the game and that can be exciting and nerve racking at the same time.  I thought both teams gave each other a lot of chances to win that game. I think it came down to their experience just outplaying us.  They were a little bit smarter than us.  We got into foul trouble early in the game which hurt us in the long run and they definitely figured out how to get to the free throw line on us.”

Complete postgame comments

GPAC SCORES

Hastings College 58, Nebraska Wesleyan University 50
Morningside College 80, Briar Cliff University 60
Concordia University 59, Midland University 57
Mount Marty College 80, Dordt College 73 (2OT)
College of Saint Mary 58, Doane College 53
Dakota Wesleyan University 73, Northwestern College 70