Dordt defeats Mount Mercy 71-64
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College overcame a sluggish outing to take a 71-64 win over the Mount Mercy Mustangs on Saturday afternoon at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center.
The Defenders looked liked they were on their way after overcoming a 13-8 deficit with a 11-0 run to go from down 13-8 to up 19-13 after Ebby Prewitt made a couple free throws with 1:35 left in the first half.
Dordt allowed a 10-0 run to close the quarter and to start the second quarter and trailed 23-22 and the Defenders trailed the rest of the half, getting down by as many as seven at 29-22 with 4:08 left in the half before settling for a 33-30 halftime deficit.
The lead grew to 39-32 for the Mustangs before Dordt rallied with seven unanswered, getting the points on back to back Rachel Evavold baskets in the paint and a Payton Harmsen three-point shot. Dordt led briefly by two points but found itself own 54-52 at the end of the third quarter.
Dordt was unable to turn the corner early in the fourth quarter, getting the game tied on several occasions, the last time at 63-63 with 1:34 left in the game. Ebby Prewitt gave Dordt a 65-63 lead with 1:13 left on a runner in the lane and Mount Mercy answered with just a free throw on its next possession.
A made free throw by Rachel Evavold pushed the lead up to 66-64 and Dordt got a stop on the next Mustang possession and Prewitt converted one of two free throws.
Dordt got another stop and with :14 left Kenzie Bousema converted a lay up and was fouled. The foul was ruled intentional and Bousema made one free throw for a 70-64 lead and Prewitt capped the scoring with :11 left on a free throw for a 71-64 final.
Dordt converted 27-54 field goals and 8-22 three-point shots but struggled from the free throw line with a 9-16 day.
Mount Mercy was 26-63 from the field and was limited to 35 percent field goal shooting in the second half. The Mustangs made 5-25 three-point shots and also struggled form the charity stripe with 7-16 success.
Dordt was outrebounded 39-31.
Rachel Evavold led Dordt with 15 points and eight rebounds and five assists.
Prewitt scored 14 and had two assists.
Annie Rhinesmith had 11 points—all in the second half and recorded two assists.
Kenzie Bousema had seven points and five assists.
Mount Mercy was topped by Ashley Dolan with 15.
Dordt is 8-9 while Mount Mercy falls to 3-11.
COACH KYLE LINDBERGH SAID
“We were a little sluggish in the first half and were rusty. Our defensive effort was better in the second half. We got the ball to Rachel on offense and she was able to convert. Ebby played well and has really done well since Annie got hurt and she took over the point guard spot. We saw them play well today off of each other and that’s something we may continue to do as we get into GPAC play. We had three good practices leading up to this game.”
Dordt resumes GPAC play on Saturday, January 6 at Hastings College.