Morningside def. Dordt 82-73
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders and Morningside Mustangs played in tonight's matchup between two teams in the top three of the GPAC standings coming into the event. The defensive intensity was high from the beginning, but the Defenders broke through in the back half of the first quarter, as Mya Chmielewski made a three in the corner with 4:43 remaining to put Dordt up 7-3 and jumpstart the offense. Dordt scored the next six points as Jordyn Winterfeld's driving layup and baskets by Ashtyn Veerbeek and Karly Gustafson pushed the lead to 13-5 before Morningside's next made basket, and Dordt took a 15-9 lead into the second quarter.
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Sierra Mitchell gave Morningside nine points in a row on three made three-point field goals before Baylee Tetzlaff made a three to end the run. Morningside extended their lead to 27-22 when Dordt went on a run to regain the lead. Dordt's 8-0 run, completed by Hilary Albrecht's three off of the skip pass from Mya Chmielewski, gave the Defenders a 30-27 lead with two minutes left in the half. Both teams traded baskets for the remainder of the half, and Morningside led 35-34 after two quarters of play.
Early in the third quarter, Dordt built their lead out to 14 points as Ashtyn Veerbeek's made three gave the Defenders a 54-40 lead. Morningside then went on a 19-2 run to take a 59-56 lead in the final minute of the third quarter. Morningside continued their consistent shooting effort throughout the final quarter, holding a double-digit lead through the last four minutes of the game.
Erika Feenstra scored 19 points and had 10 rebounds
Ashtyn Veerbeek scored 14 points
The Defenders shot 44.8% and Morningside shot 36.8%
Dordt outrebounded Morningside 45-31
Morningside was led in scoring by Sierra Mitchell with 27 points
COACH HARMSEN SAID
"We had all the momentum, but it just didn't work out for us. We have some great teams ahead on the schedule, and we have to be able to respond from this game. We did a lot of really good things; we just have to do a better job taking care of the ball. When you get to this point in the season, we want to continue to get better as we approach the conference tournament. With six games left, we have to keep grinding and keep getting better."
Dordt is now 11-8 and Morningside is 16-2
Dordt will play on Saturday, January 23 in Crete, Nebraska for a matchup with Doane. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.