Dordt def. Mount Marty 87-75
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team earned a double-digit win over Mount Marty in Yankton, South Dakota on Wednesday night in the GPAC opener for both teams.
The Defenders were slow to start but used a strong finish to the first half and a high-scoring third quarter to improve to 5-0 to start the season.
The hosts converted a three-point basket to start the game and Dordt answered with a Rachel Evavold basket to cut the lead to 3-2 but the Lancers scored the next eight points to lead 11-2 with 4:28 left in the first half.
The lead was still nine at 14-5 with 3:04 left in the quarter. Dordt outscored the Lancers 6-3 to close the quarter and got a basket by Annie Rhinesmith just before the buzzer to get to within 17-11.
Dordt eventually tied the game at 23-23 and took the lead for good on a Payton Harmsen three-point basket for a 31-28 lead with 2:05 left in the half. The defenders eventually settled for a 33-31 halftime edge.
The Defenders scored the first six points of the third quarter and later went on a 12-0 run to lead 55-38. The lead grew to 63-45 at the end of the third period.
Rhinesmith converted three three-point baskets to start the fourth quarter and Dordt’s lead grew to 21 before the Defenders settled for the 12 point win.
Dordt was 29-67 from the field and 11-31 from the three-point line. The Defenders also converted 18-26 free throws.
Mount Marty was limited to 25-61 from the field and 13-32 from three-point range and made 13-20 free throws.
Dordt had a 39-34 rebounding edge and forced 14 turnovers while committing eight.
Annie Rhinesmith lead all players with 18 points and had four rebounds and seven assists.
Rachel Evavold had 17 points and six rebounds.
Erika Feenstra scored 16 and had six rebounds.
Siennah Stamness converted 10 points with seven rebounds and four steals along with three assists and Payton Harmsen made 4-10 three-point shots and had 12 points.
Ebby Prewitt came off the bench to score seven points.
Mount Marty was led by Karissa Chamley with 17 points.
Dordt is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC while Mount Marty is 3-1 and 0-1.
Dordt will host Morningside in a 1:00 game on Saturday, November 10.
Morningside College 82, College of Saint Mary 62
Dordt College 87, Mount Marty College 75
Dakota Wesleyan University 76, Northwestern College 73
University of Jamestown 65, Briar Cliff University 51
Hastings College 90, Doane University 47
COACH HARMSEN SAID
“That was a big three at the end of the first quarter. I told Annie when she came in after making it that she changed the game. In the second quarter we outscored them by eight and in the third quarter I thought we played really well. The defense that we’re playing right now I’m really happy with it but we still have some areas—we’ve got Morningside coming to town on Saturday—we’re going to have to do a much better job of limiting penetration and we’re going to have to be physical inside the lane.”