Northwestern def. Dordt 64-58
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt and Northwestern met for the second time this season on Wednesday night in Orange City, as Northwestern won tonight's matchup 64-58. Following a back-and-forth scoring match through the first five minutes of play, the Defenders went on a 10-3 run to end the quarter, which was sparked by an Erika Feenstra layup, giving Dordt a 9-8 lead with just under three minutes remaining in the quarter. Dordt followed with a three from Macey Nielson and a pair of made shots by Ashtyn Veerbeek before Northwestern ended the quarter with a three for Sammy Blum.
Northwestern worked their way back within a point at the 4:55 mark, but Ashtyn Veerbeek answered on the following possession to help Dordt maintain a 25-22 lead. Neither team scored over the next minute, and Baylee Tetzlaff made a three in the closing moments of the half, contributing to Dordt's 31-27 halftime lead.
The scoring margin remained within six points for the entire third quarter, as the Defenders and Red Raiders traded baskets in the final four minutes of the quarter. Down by two in the final seconds, Erika Feenstra made a mid-range jump shot to tie the game at 46 heading into the final quarter of play.
Ashtyn Veerbeek used a basket in the paint to give the Defenders a 51-48 lead with 7:26 left to play, but Northwestern answered went on a 6-0 run to move the score to 54-51 in favor of the Red Raiders. With 2:20 remaining, Karly Gustafson tied the game at 56 by scoring off of the turnover, and Northwestern's Taylor Vander Velde made a three on the following possession to take back the lead. Northwestern controlled the lead for the remainder of the contest, winning 64-58.
Ashtyn Veerbeek scored 30 points and had 10 rebounds
Karly Gustafson finished with 11 points
Northwestern held a 43-34 rebounding advantage
Dordt shot 37.3% on field goals and Northwestern shot 40%
Molly Schany led the Red Raiders in scoring with 16 points
COACH HARMSEN SAID
"There are only a finite number of possessions in a close game like this, and we have to win those possessions to come away with a win on the road. You have to make each possession count. This team is close, and I'm really proud of the way we competed tonight. It will be difficult to get back in the top four of the conference, but our kids are resilient and we'll get back to work. This team isn't giving up and we're looking forward to getting back to practice tomorrow."
Dordt is now 12-9 and Northwestern is 12-8
The Defenders return to the court a week from today for a home matchup with Concordia. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm at De Witt Gymnasium.