Dordt def. Doane 101-82
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Defender women’s basketball team built up their win streak to six games after defeating Doane with balanced scoring and effective post play. Ashtyn Veerbeek followed up GPAC Player of the Week performances with a double-double on the road tonight.
The game remained even through most of the first quarter as Doane got to the free throw line early on. Dordt opened up an 18-14 lead with 3:26 left in the first on Macey Nielson’s three. The Tigers flipped the score in the final minute, leading 25-20 after Kali Staples’ jump shot fell through. In the closing seconds, Bailey Beckman beat the buzzer from half court as the Defenders entered the second with a two-point deficit.
Dordt took a 27-25 point lead with 9:02 in the second on Karly Gustafson’s basket. Their lead extended to 36-29 with a Mya Chmielewski three that forced a Doane timeout. Liv Ritter made the score 47-34 later before Dordt took a 47-38 lead into the half.
The Defenders outscored Doane 34-20 in the third quarter. At the midway point, Dordt scored on back-to-back threes from Beckman and Nielson, making the score 62-42. It continued to be an offensive showcase for the Defenders in the third, which closed with a Ritter three, part of her season-high 10 points scored.
Five Defenders scored in double-figures
Ashtyn Veerbeek had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds
Karly Gustafson finished with 17 points
Dordt shot 56.3% from the field and limited Doane to 38.9% shooting
The Defenders led in rebounds 43-36
Dordt scored 26 points off the bench
COACH HARMSEN SAID
“We’re starting to shoot the ball better, and the looks we are getting are going in. With a young team, we want to continue to go back and help them make adjustments to the college game. I’m proud of how Liv has become the player we knew she could be after facing new competition in college. Karly, Janie, and Ashtyn have been passing well and for those three to develop continuity and confidence is good for our team. I was also really proud of their defensive effort. For our team, we’re looking forward to a great effort on Saturday and hoping our students turn out and make the De Witt a great home court advantage.”
Dordt will host (RV) Briar Cliff on Saturday, January 15 at 5pm.