Dordt defeats Grace (Nebraska) 60-42
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Grace in Omaha, Nebraska 60-42 in non-conference basketball on Saturday, January 30.
Dordt got out to a 17-2 lead early in the second quarter and looked poised to blow the game open. Grace started to narrow the gap and eventually worked it back to a 24-17 difference on a three-point basket by RJ Riepe just before the second quarter buzzer.
Dordt scored six in a row to start the second half on baskets by Jamie Gesink and Cassidy Vredevoogd and free throws by Mycah Hulst. A Paige Engbers three-point basket pushed the difference to 35-21 and the gap continued to widen, eventually getting up to 57-33 after a Kim Kroeze basket with just over four minutes remaining. Everyone in uniform for Dordt got game action before settling for a 60-42 win.
-Dordt was led by Cassidy Vredevoogd’s 16 points on 7-10 shooting. She also had five rebounds.
-Mycah Hulst had 16 rebounds and two blocked shots.
-Kim Kroeze had eight points and seven rebounds with two assists and two steals.
-Abby Chapman had seven points and five rebounds with three assists and Jamie Gesink scored six with four assists. Robyn Blount came off the bench to score six points.
-Dordt was 23-63 from the field and 4-22 from the three-point line.
-Grace was 15-53 from the field and converted just 7-30 shots in the first half.
-Dordt had a 52-34 rebounding advantage.
-Darielle Evans led Grace with 10 points.
-Dordt is 7-16 overall and will face Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, February 3 while Grace is now 7-18.
-Dordt leads the series with Grace 2-0.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“It wasn’t always the prettiest game but it was nice to get the win. We need to get more consistent shooting the basketball but if we continue to hold teams on the defensive end we will find ourselves in games. Cassidy is playing with a lot of consistency and confidence on both ends of the floor for us over the last few games. Things are starting to open up for her as teams key on Mycah and she is taking advantage of those opportunities. Hopefully we can use this win to give us some confidence as we close out the season.”