Friends defeats Dordt 72-52
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College women’s basketball team lost a 72-52 decision to the Friends Falcons on Saturday, December 31 in Sioux Center.
The Falcons never trailed and built a 12-4 lead and led 20-14 at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to as much as 11 before Dordt narrowed the gap to six on three occasions with Kenzie Bousema’s basket making it 34-28 with 3:13 left in the half. Friends got one free throw to finish the half and led 35-28 at the break.
The lead was double digits much of the third quarter before Ebby Prewitt’s free throws narrowed the gap to 48-40. Friends closed the quarter with nine straight points and added three more to start the fourth quarter. Jamie Gesink ended the Dordt drought with a basket but Dordt was never able to make a serious run at the Falcons and lost the contest with the no. 15 ranked team in the country.
-Dordt was 19-48 from the floor and converted 1-13 three-point shots.
-Friends was 29-67 from the field and 7-23 from the three-point line.
-Kenzie Bousema led Dordt with 14 points and was 6-7 from the field with four rebounds.
-Ebby Prewitt had 13 points and was 4-6 from the field.
-Kim Kroeze added seven points and had two assists.
-Shann Sellers led all players with 31 points for Friends and had six assists and six steals.
-The Defenders are 8-8 this season and Friends improved to 12-3.
-Dordt will face the College of Saint Mary on Wednesday, January 4 at 6:00 in Omaha, Nebraska.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“We said if we were going to compete in the second half—we were down by seven at half-we had to keep it under 20 turnovers and we had more turnovers in the second half than in the first and that was definitely disappointing. Our effort was there—we played so hard and I am so proud of the girls in that aspect. We outrebounded them—on the offensive boards we had 15. Kenzie (Bousema) was incredibly aggressive on offense and on defense today. I’ll take that effort, now we just have to figure out how to clean up our fundamentals a little bit.”