Dordt def. Mount Marty 90-46
HOW IT HAPPENED
Every Dordt player in uniform scored in a strong all-around effort for the Defenders on Saturday. The Defenders earned their 10th win on the season and 5th in a row heading into the final stretch of the regular season. It did not take long for the Defenders to jump ahead in this one as they scored 23 points in the first quarter alone and held the Lancers to nine points. Ashtyn Veerbeek started the game with 10 points in the opening quarter. The largest lead of the half came at the 2:22 mark as Riley Van Hulzen grabbed the offensive rebound and scored off the miss to give Dordt a 46-21 lead. Karly Gustafson's shot in the paint gave the Defenders a 48-24 lead in the final minute of the first half.
Dordt continued to be aggressive on offense as the Defenders stretched their lead to as much as 31 points in the third quarter with a made shot in the paint by Bailey Beckman. In the closing seconds of the third, McKenna Klecker made a three off the assist by Jordyn Winterfeld to make the score 69-41 after three. Dordt's balance of offensive and defensive efforts widened the gap throughout the fourth quarter as Mari Smitsdorff's second chance bucket and a three from Faith Van Holland gave Dordt a 46-point lead on the way to a 90-46 win in GPAC play.
Ashtyn Veerbeek had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds
Erika Feenstra scored 16 points and Bailey Beckman added 15.
Jordyn Winterfeld led the Defenders in assists with 6
Dordt shot 46.8% and held Mount Marty to 24.2%
The Defenders scored 36 points off the bench
Dordt outrebounded the Lancers 56-39
COACH HARMSEN SAID
"I'm really proud of our team again. Our attention to detail this week and our focus is the best it's been all year. Everyone is starting to grow into their roles and understanding what the team's strengths and weaknesses are. We're moving better without the basketball and attacking zones at the right time. When we get back next week, we're going to get to that crunch point in the season with Jamestown, Hastings, and Morningside. We have to continue to protect our home floor to solidify one of the top four spots in the GPAC."
Dordt is now 10-6 and Mount Marty is 3-12
Dordt will face Jamestown in a home game on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 pm.