Dordt def. Northwestern 92-84
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team used a surge early in the fourth quarter to build a double-digit lead and hung on for a 92-84 win over the Northwestern Red Raiders in GPAC action on Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym.
The first half was tight through out with Northwestern holding a pair of six point leads before settling for a 45-43 lead after Dordt scored four unanswered points on a bucket by Karly Gustafson and a basket by Rachel Evavold.
Dordt added to the 4-0 run to start the third quarter with three straight baskets by Erika Feenstra to get the lead to 49-45.
With both teams hitting shots consistently the lead bounced back and forth and the two teams were tied 13 times through the end of the third quarter. A Baylee Tetzlaff basket put Dordt up 69-67 at the end of the third quarter.
Dordt got some separation and led 83-72 after a Rachel Evavold basket with 4:57 remaining. Evavold’s basket finished a seven point run started by a Feenstra basket which led to an Ebby Prewitt three-point shot.
Northwestern rallied to within 83-79 but four straight points effectively ended the threat with Dordt leading 87-79 with under a minute to go and the Defenders settled for an eight point win by converting free throws.
Dordt converted 38-72 field goals and 13-18 free throws for 53 and 72 percent respectively.
Northwestern made 33-64 field goals and 14-18 free throws for 52 and 78 percent.
Both teams struggled with the long shot with Dordt converting three and Northwestern made four.
Dordt forced 23 turnovers with 14 steals and Northwestern had nine steals and forced 20 Dordt turnovers.
Dordt had a 41-29 rebounding edge and had 14 offensive rebounds.
Erika Feenstra and Karly Gustafson each had 23 points with Feenstra converting 11-15 field goals and she had 10 rebounds. Gustafson was 9-13 from the field and had six rebounds.
Bailey Beckman added 12 points for Dordt and Jordyn Van Maanen had nine points and six rebounds with four assists.
Rachel Evavold added eight points with five rebounds.
Northwestern was led by Sammy Blum with 18 points and six rebounds and Hannah Nerem scored 18 with 17 of them in the first half.
Dordt is now 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC.
Northwestern is 6-1 and 2-1.
Dordt will host Briar Cliff at 2:00 on Saturday.