Dordt defeats Northwestern 89-83
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College secured its second GPAC win in a row with an upset win over no. 22 ranked Northwestern at the De Witt Gym on Wednesday night, January 25.
Northwestern took a 10-7 lead on a Darbi Gustafson basket with 6:42 left in the first quarter but Dordt responded with an Annie Rhinesmith three-point basket and Rio Landers knocked down back three-point shots and the Defenders took a 25-20 lead into the first quarter break.
Northwestern tied it at 25-25, 35-35 and 40-40 but never took the lead back in the first half with the teams going to intermission tied at 40.
Northwestern took three-two point leads early in the third quarter and the score was tied 57-57 with 1:10 remaining in the quarter before Alissa Floen and Rhinesmith knocked down three-point shots to close the quarter with a 63-58 lead.
The lead grew to 79-68 for the Defenders with 4:41 left on an Alissa Floen free throw and Northwestern would get as close as 84-80 before Dordt settled for the 89-83 win.
-Both teams were 29-57 from the floor for 50.9 percent.
-Both teams took 19 three-point shots with Northwestern converting six and Dordt 11.
-Dordt was 20-29 from the free throw line while Northwestern was 19-23.
-Dordt had a 39-25 rebounding edge and had 17 turnovers to 15 for Northwestern.
-Jamie Gesink led all players with 24 points as she converted 10-11 field goals and grabbed a game high nine rebounds.
-Kim Kroeze and Annie Rhinesmith each had 12 points for Dordt iwht Kroze handing out five assists and Rhinesmith six.
-Shae Pollema was the fourth Defender in double digits with 11 points.
-Northwestern was led by Darbi Gustafsn with 19 points
-Dordt has beaten Northwestern in three of the last four meetings of the two teams.
-Dordt is 2-12 in the GPAC and 10-14 overall. Northwestern is 16-7 overall and 8-7 in the league.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“What a great atmosphere to play in and a great game against a really tough opponent so it was really good for our girls to come out and get a win. To get a win against Northwestern for our seniors was huge for everything they’ve been pouring into the program. One thing we really focused on today was our transition defense and that’s something we haven’t been as strong at in the last couple of games so we put a focus on it in practice and we really slowed them down. We still allowed 83 points but as long as we score 89 we’ll take a win. Jamie Gesink was pretty incredible tonight and she made us look really, really good. Our shooting percentage indicates we are not just taking good shots but really great shots. We are playing really good team basketball—we had 21 assists on 29 baskets. That’s something to be excited about.”
-Dordt will host Doane on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.
Midland def. Doane 69-61
Concordia def. Hastings 68-47
Dordt def. Northwestern 89-83