Dordt def. Mount Marty 62-56
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defenders held at sixth place in the conference standings with the win at Mount Marty today, 62-56. The Lancers held a slight advantage throughout the game and kept momentum on their side through the first three quarters. A low-scoring first quarter saw Mount Marty take an 11-8 lead after one with three made shots from beyond the arc and missed opportunities by both teams off of turnovers and missed shot attempts.
After both teams traded points in the first two minutes of the second quarter, Mount Marty extended their lead to six on a made field goal by Sarah Castaneda. Minutes later, Bailey Beckman made a three to give Dordt a 23-22 lead. The Lancers ended the half with a three in the final seconds to take a 29-26 lead into halftime.
After Mount Marty started the third quarter on a 7-3 run, Dordt battled back to come within one point at the 3:58 mark off of a Jordyn Winterfeld made basket. Mount Marty answered once again with a run to lead 44-39 after three quarters.
The Defenders gained momentum as the fourth quarter progressed, and Bailey Beckman's back-to-back made threes made the score 51-50 in favor of Mount Marty with 4:30 to go. Ashtyn Veerbeek made another three for Dordt, giving the Defenders a two-point lead with 2:44 remaining. Mount Marty answered with a three of their own the following possession, and Bailey Beckman drew a foul and made both free throws to tie the game at 55. Then, with 1:25 left, Erika Feenstra made a three to put the Defenders ahead 58-55. Mount Marty was unable to score again in the final minute as Dordt used a 9-0 run to secure the win for the Defenders.
Bailey Beckman led the Defenders in scoring with 14 points
Dordt used a 9-0 run to win the game
Dordt had a 40-26 rebounding advantage
The Defenders shot 36.4% and Mount Marty shot 35.1%
Dordt made 12 three-point shots with a percentage of 42.9%
Mount Marty was led in scoring by Karlee McKinney with 18 points
COACH HARMSEN SAID
"Mount Marty hit a lot of big shots in the first half, and under the five minute mark, we were able to string some things together. We were able to hit some free throws down the stretch to seal the win. I'm proud of the girls that we were able to come out of here with a win. We're sending these kids into break on a high note with a win, but when we get back, we have to be ready to play. We have to make sure that we have a restful break and then we're going to come back and get to work."
Dordt is now 6-6 and Mount Marty is 3-7
Dordt will return to the court vs. Dakota Wesleyan on Thursday, December 31 at 3:00 pm in De Witt Gymnasium.