Dordt defeats Trinity Christian 72-42
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team won its 13th game of the season with a 72-42 win over a depleted Trinity Christian team on Saturday afternoon at Northwestern in Orange City, Iowa.
The Defenders were without their leading scorer in Erika Feenstra and Trinity Christian suited up seven players for the game.
Dordt started the game by getting up ten midway through the first quarter as Kenzie Cunard had a steal in basket with 4:32 left in the period for a 12-2 lead. Dordt was unable to extend the lead and was up 17-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The lead was 29-18 with 4:28 left in the first half after Baylee Tetzlaff converted a pair of free throws. Trinity Christian answered with six straight points to get within 29-24 but Jordyn Van Maanen scored six of the next eight points for Dordt and the Defenders were up 37-25 at the intermission.
Two baskets by Rachel Evavold and a three-point basket by Payton Harmsen quickly extended the lead to 19 and the difference was never less than 16 the rest of the game as Dordt outscored Trinity Christian 35-17 in the second half on the way to the 72-42 win.
Dordt held Trinity Christian to 0-12 shooting from the three-point line in the second half after allowing 4-9 success in the first half.
Dordt converted 29-74 field goals and just 4-28 three-point shots on the way to a 39.2 percent success rate.
Dordt had a 58-30 rebounding edge and had 18 offensive rebounds while allowing Trinity Christian three offensive rebounds.
Rachel Evavold had 18 points and nine rebounds with two blocks and two steals. Here 18 points were a season high.
Payton Harmsen had 12 points while converting 4-9 three-point shots and had nine rebounds with two steals.
Jordyn Van Maanen had a career high 12 points on 5-8 field goal shooting and had six rebounds with three assists.
TRINITY CHRISTIAN’S LEADERS
Breanna Toppen had 12 points with Aubrey Goorman scoring nine with four rebounds.
COACH BILL HARMSEN SAID
“In a game like this we had a few of our key people struggle and that’s ok…..we’re going to have games like that. At halftime I said we have to control the things we can control. We’re not going to shoot 100 percent from the three-point line and we aren’t going to make all our shots but we can certainly control our effort defensively and our attitudes towards when things go wrong. I was proud of the way we defended in the second half. We made them earn everything that they got. I was also happy with how we rebounded the ball today and limited Trinity to three offensive rebounds and that’s outstanding a college basketball game.”
Dordt will host Concordia on Wednesday night, January 2 at 6:00 and will be on the road against Doane on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00.