Dordt defeats Waldorf 65-48
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team was a 65-48 winner over Waldorf in non-conference basketball on Tuesday night, November 7 in Sioux Center.
The Defenders never trailed and built a 15-4 lead at the end of the first quarter and took a 32-20 lead into the halftime break. Dordt had jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the contest and used a stingy defense that allowed just 33 percent shooting success for the visitors in the first half of play.
In the second half the Defenders led by a 40-23 margin after a pair of Rachel Evavold free throws and the lead was still 45-28 with 2:55 left in the third quarter. Waldorf began a charge back at the Defenders with a 9-3 run to close the quarter and trailed 48-37 at the break.
The momentum shift continued into the fourth quarter with the visitors starting the quarter on a 6-0 run to get within 48-43. An Annie Rhinesmith three-pointer stopped the run with 8:10 remaining in regulation and Evavold followed with a field goal to put Dordt up by 10.
Waldorf had no answer and the Defenders won by a final margin of 17 after leading by as many as 19.
Dordt limited its turnovers to 15 and forced 18 by the Warriors.
Dordt had a 38-34 rebounding edge and converted 42.9 percent of its field goals while limiting Waldorf to 15-50 shooting for 30 percent success.
Annie Rhinesmith scored 22 on 8-13 field goal shooting and she was 4-8 from the three-point line. Rhinesmith handed out four assists and had two steals.
Rachel Evavold added 16 points and had three blocked shots and two steals.
Erika Feenstra added seven points and a team high seven rebounds with two steals. Ebby Prewitt handed out four assists for Dordt.
Dordt is 2-2 while Waldorf slips to 0-3.
COACH LINDBERGH SAID
“The start of the game we came out with a little fire in our belly. We were a little bit sour from the long weekend in North Dakota and I think our girls came out with some heart and that was really good to see. Second quarter we kind of lost it and that was disappointing. We know what it takes. We can do what it takes. We just didn’t compete in the second quarter and let them back in the game. To their credit they made some good runs and kind of hung around all game. We made some shots in the third quarter and that helped.”
Dordt will face Southeastern on Friday and Presentation on Saturday at Northwetern’s Classic in Orange City. Times for the contest will be announced after the GPAC volleyball semifinals have concluded on Wednesday night.