Dordt defeats Dakota State 76-68
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College women’s basketball team defeated Dakota State in non-conference basketball at Madison, South Dakota on Tuesday night, November 1 by a 76-68 margin. The game was the season opener for the Defenders.
Dordt took the lead for good on an Alissa Floen basket with 5:07 left in the first quarter and steadily built the lead to 18-12. Dordt led by double digits for the first when Paige Engbers knocked down a three-point shot with 2:16 left in the first half, giving Dordt a 30-19 lead at the time and the 11 point difference held to halftime 36-25.
Dakota State made its first charge at the Defenders early in the second half with BreeAna Olson converting a three-point basket with 8:29 left in the third period to trim the lead to 38-33 but the Defenders answered with a three-point play by Shae Pollema. The lead was never smaller than five the rest of the quarter and Dordt ended the quarter with a 14-6 run for a 55-42 lead.
An Annie Rhinesmith three-point shot with 7:20 remaining in the game gave Dordt its biggest lead 64-56 but the Lady Ts responded with a 10-0 run that finally ended on a Shay Pollema free throw followed by a Paige Engbers three-point basket. The hosts were never closer than seven the rest of the game and a three-pointer at the buzzer after the game was decided made the final 76-68.
Dordt made 10-23 three-point field goals for 43.5 percent success.
Dakota State made just 20 percent of its field goals in the first half.
Dordt was a respectable 24-31 from the free throw line but Dakota State countered with 17-18 free throw shooting.
Dordt was outrebounded 46-39 but forced 23 turnovers while committing 19.
Paige Enbers had a team high 20 points and made 5-11 three-point shots.
Shae Pollema had 14 points and six rebounds with three assists and two blocked shots.
Kim Kroeze added 12 points and five rebounds with five assists and three steals and Annie Rhinesmith scored ten points in her first college game.
Rio Landers grabbed a team high eight rebounds and blocked three shots.
Dakota State was led by Kennedy Wagner’s 27 points—21 of which came in the second half.
Dordt is 1-0 while Dakota State is 0-2.
Dordt hosts Mayville State on Friday and Valley City State on Saturday
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I was proud of our girls. I thought we really had a good mix of strong upper class leadership and good freshmen play. Overall we took care of the basketball a lot better in the second quarter than we did in the first quarter and we limited our turnovers the entire game. I was pretty excited about the start on the road.”