Dakota Wesleyan defeats Dordt 81-66
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dakota Wesleyan led almost start to finish and handed Dordt a 15-point loss in a match up of rated teams Wednesday night in Sioux Center.
Dordt scored the first two points of the game but Wesleyan took the lead 4-2 and maintained control throughout.
Dordt was down 20-15 at the end of the first quarter with Annie Rhinesmith scoring the final basket of the quarter after Dordt trailed by as many as eight in the frame.
The hosts closed to as few as three on several occasions in the second quarter but allowed four unanswered after getting within 37-34 and trailed 43-36 when the half came to a close.
The lead quickly hit double figures and Dordt drew to within six but no closer in the third and fourth quarters. The game was put out of reach when Wesleyan scored 10 straight to turn a 67-60 lead into an eventual 77-60 lead before the final of 81-66.
Dordt was 23-52 from the field and 4-18 from the three-point line while converting 16-22 free throws.
Dakota Wesleyan was 28-56 from the field and 5-14 from the three-point line and made 20-25 free throws.
Wesleyan held a 31-30 rebounding advantage and forced 24 turnovers while Dordt forced 16. Wesleyan had 17 steals and Dordt nine.
Erika Feenstra had 28 points and three rebounds while converting 9-11 field goals.
Annie Rhinesmith had 13 points.
Payton Harmsen and Siennah Stamness had eight and seven rebounds each with Stamness handing out a team high three assists.
DAKOTA WESLEYAN’S LEADERS
Rylie Osthus and Sarah Carr each had 22 and Osthus recorded four assists.
Madison Matthews had 13 and Kynedi Cheeseman and Makaela Karst each converted 11.
BILL HARMSEN SAID
“When you play a team like Dakota Wesleyan your margin for error becomes razor thin. I thought we prepared well for this game but physically they took us out of everything we wanted to do. They limited the strengths that our team has developed over the 20 games of the season and then they exploited our weaknesses. That’s the first time, maybe, this season that we’ve been outrebounded for a game and I didn’t think we responded well against a great team tonight. I didn’t think we brought it like we could have and like we are capable of.”
Dordt is 15-5 overall and 8-4 in the league.
Dakota Wesleyan is 18-1 overall and 11-1 in the league.
Midland def. Doane 48-45
Dakota Wesleyan def. Dordt 81-66
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Briar Cliff def. Jamestown 54-53
Concordia def. Hastings 102-85
Dordt is on the road to face Morningside on Saturday, January 12.