Northwestern def. Dordt 91-76
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team started fast but was unable hang on to the lead and lost a 91-76 decision to Northwestern on Wednesday night in Orange City.
Back to back baskets late in the first quarter by Gabby Kreykes turned a 15-9 lead into a 20-9 lead and a three-point shot at the buzzer by Payton Harmsen put Dordt up 23-11.
Northwestern cut into the gap right away and trailed 34-30 with 3:09 left in the half before Dordt rebounded to lead 42-36 at halftime with Baylee Tetzlaff converting a field goal with under a minute left for the six point margin.
The Defenders were able to get the lead to eight on two different occasions early in the second half but Northwestern used an 8-1 run to get within 47-46 with 5:53 left in the third quarter. The lead was still five for Dordt with 4:32 left in the period when Northwestern went on a 9-0 run to get in front 57-53 with 3:19 left in the period.
Dordt never led again and surrendered a 10-0 run near the end of the game that turned a nine point deficit into a 19 point hole and Dordt lost 91-76.
Dordt was 25-62 from the field and 4-18 from the arc while Northwestern converted 34-71 field goals and 9-27 three-point shots.
Dordt had a 41-35 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 23 times to 11 for Northwestern.
Erika Feenstra, Rachel Evavold and Bailey Beckman all had 11 points. Karly Gustafson came off the bench to score 10.
Jordyn Van Maanen, Evavold and Gustafson all had five rebounds to pace Dordt.
Northwestern got 21 points from Alexis Toering and Emilee Danner came off the bench to score 18 on 7-9 shooting.
Dordt is now 12-5 in the league and 20-5 overall while Northwestern is 8-9 in the GPAC and 13-9 overall.
Dordt will host Concordia on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm.