Dordt defeats Dakota Wesleyan 74-70
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team came from behind in the second half to secure a four point win over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in GPAC play on Wednesday night in Mitchell, South Dakota.
The game was a defensive struggle for much of the contest with Dakota Wesleyan taking a 15-11 lead in after one quarter of play. The final basket of the first period came with 2:02 left in the quarter and was from Wesleyan’s Sarah Carr as she put up 20 points in the first half of action.
Dordt took its first lead of the second quarter with 7:17 remaining on a Mya Chmielewski three-point shot and a Gabby Kreykes putback gave Dordt its biggest lead of the half at 30-26 with 1:35 left in the period. Wesleyan got basket with under a minute left to trim the lead back to 30-28 and that’s how the half ended.
The Defenders relinquished the lead with just over two minutes left in the third quarter but Payton Harmsen’s second three-point basket of the night with :39 left in the third tied the game at 46-46 and set the stage for a tense fourth quarter.
In the decisive quarter the Defenders fell behind by as many as seven points with 5:15 left in the game. Chmielewski had a field goal to get Dordt within five and after a defensive stop Bailey Beckman converted a pair of free throws. A Chmielewski three-point basket tied the game at 60 with 4:02 left and the game was tied again at 62-62 after Jordyn Van Maanen made two free throws with 3:19 showing on the clock.
A Beckman jumper in the lane gave Dordt the lead for good at 3:06 left and the Defenders converted enough free throws in the final minute to seal the win 74-70.
Chmielewski had 17 points with two steals and was 6-7 from the field.
Erika Feenstra added 16 points with five rebounds and Rachel Evavold added 12 points with six rebounds.
Beckman was Dordt’s fourth double digit scorer with 10 points and was 6-8 from the free throw line.
Payton Harmsen’ had seven points and four assists and Baylee Tetzlaff added six points and a game high nine rebounds.
Dordt was 24-51 from the field and 5-13 from the arc while converting 21-30 free throws.
Dakota Wesleyan was 26-64 from the field and 8-19 from the three-point line and converted 10-13 free throws.
Dordt had a 34-26 rebounding advantage and had 13 turnovers with just three in the second half.
Sarah Carr led Wesleyan with 24 points but was held to four points in the second half.
Dordt is 17-3 overall and 9-3 in the GPAC while Dakota Wesleyan is 13-6 and 6-5.
Dordt will host Morningside on Saturday afternoon at 4:00.
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