Morningside defeats Dordt 73-56
HOW IT HAPPENED
Morningside was able to fend off Dordt College challenges in the second half to take a 73-56 win over the Defenders in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game played in Sioux Center on Wednesday night.
Dordt led 8-5 after a two point basket by Kim Kroeze with 5:26 left in the first quarter but the Mustangs took the lead for good with a 7-0 run and was up 15-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Morningside pushed the lead to as many as 10 in the second quarter on three different occasions, the last time at 34-24 with 1:16 left in the first half. Dordt managed to cut three points off the lead and trailed 35-28 at halftime.
Dordt scored six straight to start the second half on back to back buckets by Mycah Hulst and a basket by Jamie Gesink with 6:48 left in the third quarter. The two teams went scoreless for the next 90 seconds with Morningside scoring four straight to end the drought. Dordt cut the lead to one at 39-38 and again at 42-41 and the quarter break came with Dordt up 45-42.
An Abby Chapman basket made the score 45-44 early in the fourth quarter but the GPAC leader scored the next seven and Dordt was never closer than six the rest of the game before falling by 17.
-Dordt was 22-59 from the floor and 5-19 from the three-point line. Dordt converted 7-12 free throws.
-Morningside was 29-64 and 8-18 from the three-point line and 7-11 from the free throw line.
-Dordt was led by Cassidy Vredevoogd with 18 points on 8-10 shooting and she had six rebounds and three assists.
-Abby Chapman added 11 points for Dordt and converted three, three-point baskets. Jamie Gesink scored ten and had six rebounds with five assists and three steals.
-Lauren Lemkuhl came off the bench to lead Morningside with 16 points and four other Mustangs were in double figures.
-Dordt is 6-16 overall and 3-13 in the GPAC. Morningside is 21-2 overall and 13-2 in the GPAC.
-Dordt faces Grace in Omaha on Saturday in non-conference play and will return to GPAC play on Wednesday, February 2 against Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I thought our defense was really good—that’s been a consistent thing for us. Our offense obviously improved against a zone from Saturday. There are things to be excited about but the fourth quarter was our Achilles heel. The last time we played them (Morningside) we had one really tough quarter too and we just turned the ball over a lot and we were very careless with the basketball and that was disappointing because we played so well the first three quarters.
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Hastings College 72, College of Saint Mary 70
Briar Cliff University 70, Northwestern College 66
Nebraska Wesleyan University 70, Midland University 69
Morningside College 73, Dordt College 56
Mount Marty College 60, Dakota Wesleyan University 52
Doane College 91, Concordia University 55