Midland defeats Dordt 89-84
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College lost a lead at the start of the fourth quarter and lost a five point decision for the second game in a row with a 89-84 defeat in women’s basketball at the hands of Midland on Saturday in Fremont.
Dordt got out to a quick lead and outscored the hosts 27-18 in the first quarter. The Defenders led 12-10 with 5:24 left in the quarter and a Faith Anderson lay up ignited a 15-8 run to close the quarter.
Midland had an answer as the Warriors overtook Dordt with a 14-2 run to start the quarter and took a 31-30 lead with 5:42 left in the half. Dordt weathered the run by scoring on a Baylee Tetzlaff basket and a three-point shot by Anderson. The momentum then shifted again as Midland took a 42-35 lead before settling for a 42-41 halftime lead as Ebby Prewett, and Erika Feenstra both hit a pair of free throws while Payton Harmsen and Kenzie Bousema each had one free each.
The Midland lead quickly grew to double figures in the third quarter with a 51-41 lead but Dordt was able to battle back for a 63-60 lead with Harmsen tossing in a three-point shot with 2:09 left in the third. Dordt led by as many as five before taking a 71-69 lead into the quarter break.
Midland’s momentum returned as they outscored Dordt 11-5 to start the quarter but Dordt took an 81-80 lead with 1:42 remaining on Rachel Evavold basket moments after Siennah Stamness hit a three with 2:39 left but the Warriors regained the lead and got up 88-82 before winning 89-84.
Erika Feenstra and Rachel Evavold each had 18 points in the win while Ebby Prewitt added 13. Evavold and Feenstra were a combined 12-18 from the field.
Evavold had nie rebounds and three assists and Siennah Stamness had five assists to lead the team.
Baylee Tetzlaff scored nine and Kenzie Bousema added seven with Payton Harmsen matching that total.
Dordt was 28-50 from the field and 6-15 from the three-point line. Dordt also converted 22-28 free throws.
Midland was 32-69 from the field and 10-24 from the arc. Midland was 15-20 from the three-point line.
Dordt slips to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in the GPAC. Midland improves to 7-6 overall and 2-4 in the league.
COACH LINDBERGH SAID
"We got off to a quick start by handling Midland’s pressure well and taking care of the ball in their full court press which led to easy baskets. Unfortunately in the second quarter we struggled finding a rhythm on offense due to some foul trouble and loss of composure in their press. In the third quarter we let the Warriors dictate the game again with their pressure and aggressive dribble drive offense. Rachel Evavold was again a formidable post presence when she was not plagued with foul trouble tallying 18 points. Ebby Prewitt and Faith Anderson did a particularly good job of finding Evavold in the low post as well getting some good shot selection in. Erika Feenstra tied Evavold with 18 points on the night and found ways to make it to the charity stripe. We had a very balanced performance on the offensive end and need to find ways to get nasty on defense and hold our opponents to under 80 points. These past two games have been great learning experiences for our team and we look forward to applying that learning next week in practice and our final conference game of 2017 against Doane."
Dordt is off until Friday night, December 15 when the Defenders host Doane.
Doane def. Mount Marty 63-60
Hastings def. Dakota Wesleyan 63-54
Northwestern def. College of Saint Mary 75-61
Morningside def. Briar Cliff 83-72
Midland def. Dordt 89-84