Dordt defeats Briar Cliff 76-55
HOW IT HAPPENED
A stifling defensive performance in the third quarter led to a 76-55 win for the Dordt Defenders on Wednesday night in Sioux City over the Briar Cliff Chargers.
Dordt used a 25-6 third quarter advantage to pull away from the hosts and secured its fourth win in GPAC play in the process.
Dordt never trailed and built an 11-2 lead with a Baylee Tetzlaff three-point basket from the corner. Dordt ended up settling for a 16-11 lead at the quarter break. A three-point play by Erika Feenstra put the Defenders up 19-12 but Feenstra left moments later with her third personal foul just 2:30 into the period.
Briar Cliff cut into the lead and got it to one on two different occasions, the last time at 28-27. Rachel Evavold converted a basket with 3:19 to get Dordt up by three and the lead grew to seven before Dordt took a 34-29 halftime lead as both teams went scoreless over the final 1:33 of the half.
Dordt grabbed its first double digit lead on a Payton Harmsen three-point basket with 6:08 left in the third and the lead was 46-35 with 4:36 remaining in the period. Briar Cliff wouldn’t score again in the quarter and Dordt went on a 13 point run to finish the period and capped it with a Mya Chmielewski basket as time expired.
Briar Cliff was unable to make a charge in the fourth quarter and Dordt maintained its advantage.
Dordt was 29-69 from the field and 5-26 from the three-point line while converting 13-20 free throws.
The Chargers were 16-64 from the field and 6-28 from the arc and converted 17-26 free throws.
Dordt had a 53-43 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 25 times and forced 20.
Rachel Evavold had 18 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and three steals and converted 8-10 field goals.
Erika Feenstra scored 14 with five rebounds and one steal.
Kenzie Bousema had 11 points and eight rebounds with three assists.
Payton Harmsen had ten points and four steals.
Baylee Tetzlaff came off the bench to score nine.
BRIAR CLIFF’S LEADERS
Taylor Wagner had 12 points and Faith Troshynski added ten.
Breanna Allen came off the bench to score eight and Madelyn Deitchler had six points and seven rebounds in a reserve effort.
Dordt will host Hastings on Saturday afternoon, December 8 at 2:00.
Midland def. Morningside 63-58
Hastings def. College of Saint Mary 75-66
Dordt def. Briar Cliff 76-55
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Concordia def. Doane 93-53
Dakota Wesleyan def. Mount Marty 64-59