Dakota Wesleyan defeats Dordt 72-68
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College stood toe to toe with the defending NAIA National Champs on Wednesday night in Mitchell before falling by four points to Dakota Wesleyan.
Dordt used an 8-0 run to build a 16-8 lead before Dakota Wesleyan scored right before the buzzer to end the first quarter.
Dordt extended the lead to nine on a Payton Harmsen three to start the second quarter and Annie Rhinesmith also had a three to give the visitors a nine point cushion after Dakota Wesleyan had a three of its own. Dordt's lead was never less than five in the quarter and Rachel Evavold extended the lead back to nine with under a minute remaining in the half before the Defenders settled for a 38-31 halftime edge.
Dordt scored the first basket of the second half but Wesleyan scored the next 13 to lead 44-40 with 2:40 left in the quarter and Dordt trailed 52-45 at the end of the quarter.
Dordt fought to cut the lead to 64-61 on an Erika Feenstra basket but Wesleyan always had an answer. Annie Rhinesmith buried a three with 12 seconds left to cut the gap to 70-68 but Wesleyan converted a pair of free throws four seconds later to seal the win.
THE DORDT NUMBERS
Dordt was 24-64 from the field and 7-26 from the three-point arc while converting 13-17 free throws.
Dordt had a 37-28 rebounding edge and had ten offensive rebounds while limiting Wesleyan to six.
Annie Rhinesmith had 20 points and made 4-9 three-point shots.
Erika Feenstra had 15 points, five rebounds and two steals.
Rachel Evavold had 12 points and 11 rebounds with three assists.
Siennah Stamness added eight points.
Dordt is 5-2 and 1-2 in the GPAC.
DAKOTA WESLEYAN NUMBERS
Sarah Carr led the Tigers with 19 points and Rylie Osthus added 15 with five rebounds and six assists and two steals.
Makaela Karst added 14.
Wesleyan was 26-58 from the field and 10-23 from the three-point line and 10-15 from the free throw line.
Wesleyan is 6-0 and 3-0 in the league and is rated no. 2 in the national coaches' poll.
COACH HARMSEN SAID
"We won three quarters in this game and then we had that bad third quarter and against a good team you just have a hard time overcoming that. We're going to take a look at this and learn from this but man I am so excited for this group and the effort they gave tonight."
Dordt is off until Saturday, November 17 when it travels to face the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska in a 2:00 tipoff.