Briar Cliff defeats Dordt 60-59
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team overcame a double-digit second-half deficit but came up short in a GPAC game with Briar Cliff on Tuesday night, November 22 in Sioux Center.
The Defenders jumped out to a 16-4 advantage with 5:31 left in the first quarter on the strength of a pair of Paige Engbers and Payton Harmsen three-point baskets to account for 12 of the Defenders points. The visitors cut into the gap and led 18-16 before a third Harmsen three-point basket re-established a 19-18 Dordt lead at the end of the first period.
Dordt maintained a 25-22 lead with 6:51 left in the first half but went scoreless the rest of the half and the Chargers led 31-25 at halftime.
The third quarter was all Briar Cliff to start as the Chargers built a 13 point lead before an Annie Rhinesmith basket stopped the Dordt drought with 6:39 left in the third period. A pair of Kim Kroeze free throws after time expired in the third period cut the lead to ten points.
Briar Cliff scored the first points of the fourth period and led 50-37 before Dordt rallied. The Defenders got to within 54-53 on a Rachel Evavold basket with 3:09 left and too their first lead of the second half on a Kim Kroeze basket.
Three unanswered by the Chargers put them up 57-55 and Shae Pollema tied it with 1:19 left in the game on two free throws. Kailey Burke’s free throw gave the Chargers a one point lead but it was Evavold putting Dordt up 59-58 with under a minute to go. Briar Cliff missed two shots before calling a timeout. On the inbounds play Morgan Hansen got a baseline shot to go and put Briar Cliff up 60-59.
Dordt didn’t get a good shot and turned the ball over but forced a jump ball on an inbounds play with 1.5 seconds left. The Defenders turned the ball over on the inbounds play and the game ended with Briar Cliff surviving the upset scare.
-Dordt was 19-54 from the floor and 9-24 from the three-point line while converting 12-14 free throws.
-Briar Cliff knocked down 21-57 shots and was limited to 2-13 three-point shooting while making 16-29 free throws.
-Dordt had a 44-35 rebounding advantage but committed 25 turnovers to 16 for the visitors.
-Paige Engbers led Dordt with 13 points and five rebounds.
-Evavold had nine points and ten rebounds for the Defenders and Payton Harmsen and Rio Landers added points each.
-Kim Kroeze and Annie Rhinesmith had four assists each and Kroeze had seven rebounds.
-Briar Cliff was led by Kailey Burke’s 13 points and she had six rebounds.
-Dordt is 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC. Briar Cliff is 5-2 and 3-0. Dordt resumes GPAC play on Wednesday, November 30 against Northwestern while Briar Cliff will host Hastings on Wednesday, November 23 before breaking for Thanksgiving.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I think we panicked a little bit and played a little bit rushed.”
On the end of the game out of bounds play….
“The girls knew what play we wanted to run if we got the ball out of bounds under our own basket. We talked about it in the previous timeout and felt pretty good about it and we talked about our secondary option out of it. They guarded it really well and we didn’t execute the secondary pass.”
Concordia def. Doane 77-56
Midland def. College of Saint Mary 84-69
Briar Cliff def. Dordt 60-59
Northwestern def. Morningside def. 98-97
Dakota Wesleyan def. Mount Marty 74-66