Dordt defeats Briar Cliff 77-67
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team turned away Briar Cliff 77-67 to win the Defenders’ first game at the Newman Flanagan Center since a 2008 tilt. The Defenders trailed for :56 of the total contest and fought off the hosts rally attempts in the second half.
Dordt scored the first four points of the game but Briar Cliff hit a three-point basket with 7:00 left in the first quarter to take its only lead of the game.
Rachel Evavold started an 8-0 run for the Defenders with a basket and Dordt proceeded to lead 16-8 after one quarter of play.
The Defenders extended the lead to 22-8 with Alissa Floen knocking down a two-point shot with 8:08 left in the half and Dordt built the advantage to 32-14 on a three-point basket by Payton Harmsen with 3:53 left. The Chargers got to within 40-30 on a pair of free throws but Rio Landers answered with a basket just before halftime to put Dordt up 42-30.
Briar Cliff cut the lead to 49-41 near the midpoint of the third quarter but got no closer until a Kailey Burke free throw made it 52-48 with a little over two minutes left in the quarter. Dordt’s Shae Pollema had a basket to get the lead back to six and Dordt was up 56-50 at the end of the quarter.
The Chargers again trimmed the lead down to four points, this time at 62-58 with 5:17 left but a pair of Evavold free throws and a three-point basket by Kim Kroeze put Dordt in control 67-58 and Briar Cliff got no closer than six in the closing minutes as Ebby Prewitt made 5-6 free throws to seal the ten point win.
-Dordt was 26-61 from the field and 6-17 from the three-point line.
-Briar Cliff converted 24-64 field goals and 1-11 three-point shots.
-Dordt won despite struggling in the second half from the free throw line with a 12-22 performance and and overall 19-32 effort.
-The Defenders had a 42-39 rebounding advantage and committed 14 turnovers to 16 for the Chargers.
-Jamie Gesink had 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals.
-Alissa Floen scored ten.
-Shae Pollema had nine points and 11 rebounds. Kim Kroeze had eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Annie Rhinesmith had a team high four assists.
-Payton Harmsen converted 3-5 three-point baskets for nine points.
-This was Dordt’s first win at the Newman Flanagan Center since February 20, 2008 when the Defenders prevailed 51-50.
-Dordt is 3-13 and 11-15 while Briar Cliff is now 13-12 and 7-8.
-Dordt will host Morningside one week from tonight in its next outing.
COACH DEWITT-SEVERSON SAID
“I thought the first five minutes really dictated how the game was going to go. We played with them pretty even early on and then we were able to stay composed and take charge of the game. We only had six turnovers in the first half which is huge for our team especially against an aggressive trap like Briar Cliff plays. We had three point guards on the floor at several different points in the game. That’s one benefit our team has had—last year we didn’t have a healthy point guard and many had to play it. We now have five different players who have played point guard for us. For us to handle the press like we did tonight is really exciting. When we executed we were able to get it across half court easily. There weren’t very many times where I felt like we were scrambling to get the ball across. Our girls did a good job of handling the physicality of the press and we were able to get them in some foul trouble as well.”
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