Dordt defeats William Jessup 69-61
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt never trailed and withstood a second half challenge by William Jessup to win a 69-61 decision at Rocklin, California on Monday night, December 19.
The first quarter featured ties at 3-3, 5-5 and 10-10 before the Defenders closed the quarter on a 12-3 run, ending the run with a Rio Landers basket. The Dordt momentum extended into the second quarter as a Paige Engbers three-point basket after a timeout extended the lead to 34-17 with 4:47 left in the first half. The Defenders did not score again in the half and the hosts scored ten in points in a row to end the half down 34-27.
The Defenders worked for a 14 point lead in the third quarter and saw the advantage get cut to eight before settling for a 52-43 lead to start the fourth quarter.
The hosts knocked down a basket with 6:10 left in the game for a 58-53 difference and the difference eventually the lead was cut to 58-57 with 3:45 left in the game. Jamie Gesink made a jumper in the lane on an inbounds play with 3:00 left and followed with a base line jump shot that put Dordt up 63-57 and the lead was never smaller than four the rest of the game as Dordt made its free throws in the final minute, knocking down all six attempts on the way to Dordt’s sixth win of the season.
-Dordt was 24-65 from the field and 5-18 from the three-point line.
-William Jessup was 21-57 from the field and 8-22 from the arc.
-Dordt helped its cause with a 16-22 performance at the free throw line and Jessup was just 11-20 from the charity stripe.
-Dordt had a 46-34 rebounding edge and both teams had six steals.
-Shae Pollema led Dordt with a double digit performance in points and rebounds with 12 and 11 respectively.
-Jamie Gesink scored 13 points in her first game since joining the Defenders after the conclusion of the volleyball season.
-Kim Kroeze had 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Rio Landers came off the bench to score 11 with five rebounds.
-Paige Engbers had eight points and seven rebounds.
-Jessup was led by Rona Chavez’s 17 points and she scored 14 in the second half.
-Dordt is now 6-7 while William Jessup is 6-3.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I thought some people made some really big plays. For Jamie Gesink to come out in her first game and be our leading scorer, even though she was a little bit fatigued, made two big shots for us down the stretch—I thought that was incredible. I don’t think there was a bigger rebound than Shae Pollema’s offensive rebound that was in the last minute of the game at the end of the shot clock that let us pull it out. Some it was experience and some of it was learning from some of the mistakes we have made early on. I thought we played with a lot more confidence and I think that helped us down the stretch.”