Dordt def. Bellevue 94-72
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team pulled away from a tight halftime score to defeat Bellevue 94-72 in non-conference basketball on Tuesday night, December 10.
The Defenders built a five point lead early but the Bruins tied it at 13-13 and 15-15, using a five point run to get the first tie. The two teams traded baskets late in the first quarter to keep the difference at two with Dordt leading 21-19.
Bellevue built the lead to 24-21 with 7:48 left in the half but a Payton Harmsen three-point basket tied the game at 24-24 moments later. A pair of Mya Chmielewski free throws gave Dordt a brief two-point lead but Bellevue again had an answer and rattled off four points in a row. The score was tied 30-30 near the midpoint of the period but Gabby Kreykes got a basket to go and Baylee Tetzlaff knocked down a couple free throws to expand the lead.
The difference grew to six but Dordt couldn’t hold the lead at six and settled for a 40-38 halftime difference.
The second half started with five unanswered by the Defenders and Dordt’s first double-digit lead came at 53-42 on a pair of Tetzlaff free throws. In all Dordt was able to outscore the Bruins 28-14 in the period on 10-18 field goal shooting.
The lead quickly grew to 30 in the fourth quarter and Dordt finished with a 94-72 win.
Dordt converted 32-64 field goals and 9-24 three-point baskets for 50 and 38 percent respectively.
Dordt also converted 21-24 free throws.
Bellevue was 25-57 from the floor for 44 percent and the Bruins converted 4-20 three-point shots. Bellevue was equal to the task from the free throw line with 18-19 success.
Dordt had a 34-30 rebounding edge.
Dordt forced 19 turnovers with 15 by steal.
Dordt’s Karly Gustafson had 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Erika Feenstra added 17 points with six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Baylee Tetzlaff and Payton Harmsen each had nine points and Gabby Kreykes scored eight.
The Bruins were led by Elexis Martinez with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Dordt is 13-1 to start the season and Bellevue is 7-5.
Dordt will travel to face Hastings on Saturday afternoon, December 14 at 2:00 to conclude the 2019 portion of the schedule.