Dordt def. Doane 64-59
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a slow start to win a five point decision over Doane in GPAC basketball played at the De Witt Gym on Friday night.
The Defenders were down 10-5 after one quarter but bounced back to tie the game at 12-12 on a Rachel Evavold basket with 5:17 left in the half and took the lead on a Payton Harmsen basket with 4:18 left until intermission. Harmsen followed that with a three-point basket and Dordt had a 21-16 lead at halftime.
Dordt quickly got the lead up to 10 but a 7-0 run by the Tigers got them to within 28-25. Dordt fought off the rally and eventually grew the lead back to ten with two free throws by Rachel Evavold and a basket by Erika Feenstra just before the third quarter ended.
Dordt maintained the double digit lead and was up 50-38 with 6:36 remaining in the game. The lead was still 52-44 with 4:20 left before Doane made its final charge to get within 52-51 with 2:37 left in the game. A pair of Evavold free throws put the hosts up by three and the lead varied between five and one with Dordt never relinquishing the lead.
Erika Feenstra had a layup to go up three and then got a defensive stop to seal the win and Siennah Stamness’s free throws sealed the five point win.
Dordt was 21-47 from the floor and 3-14 from the three-point line while converting 19-25 from the free throw line.
Doane was 19-63 and was limited to 2-15 from the arc while making 19-24 free throws.
Dordt committed 15 turnovers to 10 for Doane.
Dordt had a 37-36 rebounding edge.
Rachel Evavold had a team high 18 points for the Defenders with six rebounds and four assists.
Erika Feenstra had 12 points and five rebounds for Dordt.
Sienna Stamness had nine points and six rebounds.
McKenna Dodd led all players with 19 points for the Tigers.
Dordt is 3-5 in the GPAC and 7-9 overall.
Doane is 1-7 in the GPAC and 5-9 overall.
Dordt is off until Saturday, December 30 when the Defenders host Mount Mercy.
Dordt def. Doane 64-59
Concordia def. Northwestern 84-80
COACH LINDBERGH SAID
“We had some poor body language at the end of the first half and came out with some aggressiveness in the second half. Tonight wasn’t our best basketball, but at the end of the day we got a win. It was a valuable win for us to win a tight game.”