HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College women's basketball team fell 77-70 to Northwestern on Wednesday. A late 8-0 run combined with several Dordt turnovers gave the Red Raiders the victory.
Dordt found themselves down by as many as 12 in the first quarter before cutting the deficit to four heading into the second. The Defenders shot 33 percent in the first and were led by Rachel Evavold's six points.
Dordt took the lead midway through the second off of a three pointer by Annie Rhinesmith, but Northwestern stole it back with a 14-5 run to end the quarter. The Red Raiders went into halftime on top 35-28.
The third quarter went back and forth, but the Defenders were never able to regain the lead. The Red Raiders had an answer for anything Dordt threw at them and had a 53-47 advantage heading into the final frame.
Three minutes into the fourth, Dordt tied the game at 59. Two three pointers from Payton Harmsen and a few two-point baskets from Erika Feenstra and Evavold brought Dordt back. The Defenders had a 70-69 lead with less than three minutes to play, but failed to score in the rest of the game.
Dordt out rebounded Northwestern 46-35, but had 15 turnovers compared to the Red Raiders 10.
Both teams shot under 40 percent for the game.
Rachel Evavold had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Kenzie Bousema had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Annie Rhinesmith had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
RED RAIDER NUMBERS
Kassidy De Jong led all scorers with 22 points. She also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Darbi Gustafson had 17 points and six rebounds.
Haley Birks added 16 points.
COACH HARMSEN SAID
"I think we let them off the hook. We had the 70-69 lead and we came up empty on three or four possessions in a row. That's something that when you're playing a great team that you can't have happen. I'm really excited about the effort and work ethic of our girls. Northwestern is the top field goal shooting team in the country and we held them under 40 percent. I'm really happy with that. We just couldn't get that big score when we needed it."
Midland def. College of Saint Mary 72-69
Northwestern def. Dordt 77-70
Jamestown def. Mount Marty 58-51
Dakota Wesleyan def. Briar Cliff 88-43
Concordia def. Doane 106-47
Dordt will face-off against Concordia next Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Seward, Nebraska.