Dordt def. Midland 90-82
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders took the lead for good 6:26 into their game with the Midland Warriors on Saturday afternoon and won an eight point decision from the Fremont, Nebraska based school.
Midland opened the game with a 4-0 score and Dordt was unable to get the lead until the 3:34 mark of the period when Baylee Tetzlaff knocked down a pair of free throws. The lead grew to 28-21 when Bailey Beckman scored a basket on a lay up with time running out in the first period.
A 10-0 run capped by a Karly Gustafson basket gave Dordt a 38-27 lead near the midpoint of the second quarter and the 11 point lead remained when the quarter ended.
Dordt dominated the first six minutes of the second half and seemed on the verge of breaking the game wide open after a Bailey Beckman basket for a 68-45 advantage. The hosts closed the period on a 16-2 run and the difference was 70-61 to start the fourth quarter.
Kenzie Cunard’s third three-point basket of the day helped the Defenders to a 78-61 lead with 8:32 left in the game but the Warriors put together another run to close the gap to 84-78 with 1:56 left in the game. Dordt’s next possession resulted in a Gustafson basket and Midland got no closer as Dordt won it 90-82.
Dordt was 30-65 from the field and 6-21 from the three-point line while converting 24-33 free throws.
Midland was 26-67 from the field and 8-27 from the arc while making 22-31 free throws.
Dordt had a 44-30 rebounding advantage and had 16 steals in forcing 21 Midland turnovers.
Erika Feenstra scored 19 and was 11-13 from the free throw line before fouling out with a little over five minutes left in the game.
Bailey Beckman scored 15 and had five rebounds and two steals.
Gustafson, Cunard and Mya Chmielewski all had nine points and Baylee Tetzlaff scored eight with six rebounds. Gustafson had a team high 12 rebounds with two assists.
Dordt is 20-4 this season and 12-4 in the GPAC while Midland is 8-16 overall and 4-12 in the league.
Dordt will face Northwestern on Wednesday night in Orange City before returning home to face Concordia in a week.