Dordt defeats Northwestern 66-64
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Northwestern and earn the season sweep of the Red Raiders with a 66-64 win in Orange City on Wednesday night.
The Defenders found themselves down 29-16 at the end of the first quarter as the Raiders used a 7-0 run to close the quarter and seemingly take control of the contest. The lead grew to as many as 34-20 with 5:54 left in the half before Dordt began to chip away at the deficit.
An Abby Chapman basket with 4:45 left in the half go the lead to single digits and a Kim Kroeze three-point basket with 1:01 left in the half cut the gap to 39-34 as the game went to the half break.
A Mycah Hulst field goal to open the half got the score to 39-36 and Jamie Gesink tied the game 41-41 with 6:43 left in the third quarter. Northwestern re-established control and took a 51-46 lead with 1:46 remaining in the quarter and the teams went scoreless to the quarter break.
Northwestern’s lead was still four points with 4:41 left in the game at 58-54. An Abby Chapman basket with 4:30 left in the game cut the lead to 58-57 and Kim Kroeze answered a Northwestern basket with a basket of her own with 3:34 left in the contest to again cut the game to one 60-59.
Jamie Gesink, who was saddled with foul trouble through out the first half, made a couple free throws with 2:53 left to give Dordt its first lead of the game 61-60. Northwestern answered with three made free throws out of four attempts and led 63-61 with 1:41 left in the game. It was free throws by Hulst at the 1:22 mark that deadlocked the game and Kim Kroeze was fouled on a layup conversion with :35 left for a 65-63 lead. Northwestern’s leading scorer, Kassidy De Jong fouled out on the play and Northwestern called a timeout.
Gesink came up with a steal moments later but Gesink was unable to convert either free throw and Dordt had to make another stop. This time Northwestern tried for a three-point shot that missed and Dordt’s Hulst made a free throw for a 66-63 lead. Dordt fouled on the ensuing possession with :05 left and Whitney Vander Maten made on free throw and missed the second. Haley Birks got the rebound but had her shot blocked by Mycah Hulst and Dordt had its second win of the season over Northwestern.
-Dordt was 27-57 from the field for 44 percent success and 6-11 on free throws.
-Northwestern was 23-61 from the field and 16-22 from the free throw line.
-Dordt held a 43-27 rebounding edge and Dordt had 23 turnovers and Northwestern had 19.
-Mycah Hulst had another double-double with 17 rebounds and 12 blocked shots.
-Kim Kroeze had 20 points and five rebounds.
-Jamie Gesink scored nine in the second half and Alissa Pollema scored nine.
-Kassidy De Jong topped Northwestern with 18 points and Whitney Vander Maten and Arienne Gesell each had eight points.
-Dordt limited Northwestern to 0-6 shooting from the three-point line in the second half.
-Dordt is 3-11 in the GPAC and 6-14 overall. Northwestern is 7-6 in the conference and 12-7 overall. Dordt will face Doane on Saturday.
-This marks the first time since the 1993-94 season Dordt swept the season series with Northwestern in women’s basketball..
-Hulst’s 12 blocked shots establishes and new Dordt single game record which she previously shared with Amanda Eekhoff. Hulst had nine blocks last season against Concordia while Eekhoff blocked nine shots twice against Briar Cliff and Hastings in 2004-05
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“We knew one thing that Northwestern does is they get out to hot starts. We expected that in their own gym. We talked about physicality and toughness on defense. We wanted to be more intentional on De Jong so we switched a lot of different people on her tonight….Kim Kroeze, Kinzie Bousema, Jamie Gesink and Robyn Blount all spent time on her and did a great job.”
Concordia University 75, Hastings College 72
Briar Cliff University 67, Dakota Wesleyan University 65
Doane College 75, Midland University 61
Dordt College 66, Northwestern College 64
Mount Marty College 84, Morningside College 77
College of Saint Mary 101, Nebraska Wesleyan University 71