Dordt defeats Viterbo 64-40
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team used a 36-17 advantage in the second and third quarters combined to secure a 24 point win over Viterbo at the Dordt College Christmas Classic on Friday afternoon, December 30 at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center.
Dordt got out to a 16-11 first quarter lead after starting the game with a 9-0 run over the first three minutes of the game. Viterbo had the lead down to 11-9 but got no closer as Dordt went on a 6-0 run to take a 27-16 lead late in the second quarter and took that 11 point lead into the halftime intermission.
Kenzie Bousema scored seven of the first nine points of the second half for the Defenders and the lead quickly grew to 21 points and got to as many as 26 points before Dordt settled for the 64-40 win.
-Dordt was limited to 20-54 shooting for 37 percent and just 1-14 from the three-point line but converted 23-32 free throws.
-Viterbo was even colder from the floor with a 32.6 success rate on 15-46 shooting and made just 7-13 free throws.
-Dordt had a 43-31 rebounding edge with 13 offensive rebounds.
-Dordt forced 22 Viterbo turnovers while committing 14 of its own.
-Kenzie Bousema led Dordt with 13 points and she was 6-7 from the field.
-Rachel Evavold scored 12 on 5-7 shooting.
-Ebby Prewitt grabbed five rebounds and shared team honors with Jamie Gesink.
-Prewitt and Annie Rhinesmith each had three assists.
-12 different players scored for Dordt.
-Viterbo was led by Alyssa Nilssen with 10 points.
-Dordt is 8-7 this season and Viterbo falls to 2-15.
-Dordt faces Friends at 1:00 on Saturday while Viterbo will face Northwestern at 11:00 Saturday morning.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I was proud of our girls. Things weren’t falling for us in the first half so our defense is what made our spread just a little bit wider than what it would have been had we been shooting poorly. We were definitely on the same page defensively tonight which was nice to see. We rebounded the ball pretty well. Shae (Pollema) did a really nice job of sealing and using her body and their post players had a tough time guarding her physicality. She did a good job of staying composed and drawing fouls. When Kenzie (Bousema) is in the paint and stays controlled is when she’s at her best and we’re at our best when she’s in transition or flashing into the lane. We were a little bit cold today—no secret to that. It’s nice to have Rachel (Evavold) back because she’s a spark for us especially off the bench. She does a good job not only finishing but she’s a great passer too so she creates things for us.”