Dordt def. Dakota Wesleyan 88-86
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders overcame a first quarter, double-digit deficit, and held on to defeat the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night in Sioux Center. The Defenders stayed undefeated with the 88-86 affair.
Wesleyan started hot from the field and built an 15-2 lead on the strength of 6-6 shooting to start the game. A Bailey Beckman basket with 1:36 left in the quarter got the difference to single digits and the lead was never more than nine the rest of the game. Mya Chmielewski knocked down a three-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to get Dordt within 30-27 to cap a 10 minute stretch where the two teams were a combined 23-33 from the field.
A three-point basket by Beckman tied the game at 36-36 and Erika Feenstra gave Dordt a 38-36 lead with 5:43 left in the game. The quarter featured three more ties with Wesleyan eventually taking a 46-43 halftime lead.
Wesleyan was still up 60-54 in the third quarter when Dordt converted back to back baskets by Karly Gustafson to get within 60-59 but Wesleyan still managed to hold the lead at the end of third quarter with Kynedi Cheeseman converting a three-point shot with under 10 seconds left for a 71-69 lead.
Gustafson and Beckman scored back to back baskets to give Dordt the lead 73-71 and an Ebby Prewitt basket with 7:01 left gave Dordt a 78-75 lead. Dordt’s largest lead came three minutes later on Gabby Kreykes basket but Wesleyan again answered with Cheeseman knocking down a shot with 2:45 left for an 84-83 advantage. Payton Harmsen answered with a three-point basket and Wesleyan tied it moments later for an 86-86 tie with 2:09 left in the game.
Both teams missed on their next possessions with Dordt finally scoring at the :32 mark on a Gustafson free throw. Wesleyan didn’t score on its next possession and Dordt’s Jordyn Van Maanen made one of two free throws for an 88-86 win after Wesleyan dribbled out the clock without getting a shot off.
Dordt was led by Bailey Beckman with 21 points on 9-12 shooting and she had three assists and three steals.
Karly Gustafson scored 20 and had 11 rebounds.
Erika Feenstra scored 15 and had three rebounds.
Payton Harmsen added nine and Rachel Evavold seven. Harmsen had a team high five assists.
Dordt was 35-63 from the field and 8-19 from the arc with 10-19 free throw shooting.
Both teams had 31 rebounds with Dordt forcing 20 turnovers and Dordt had 15.
Wesleyan was 36-60 from the field and 10-21 from the three-point line and converted 4-4 free throws.
Wesleyan got 26 points and 12 assists with three steals from Kynedi Cheeseman. She converted 12-19 field goals and Sarah Carr had 16.
Dordt is 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the GPAC. Dakota Wesleyan is 3-1 and 0-1 in the league.
Dordt will travel to face Morningside on Saturday in Sioux City before hosting Northwestern on Wednesday, November 20.