Dordt def. Mount Marty 74-71
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team overcame a halftime deficit and survived an upset bid by the Mount Marty Lancers in a 74-71 decision at the De Witt Gym on Wednesday night.
The Defenders fell behind immediately on back to back three-point possessions by the visitors but rallied to take the lead on a Bailey Beckman three-point play and Rachel Evavold made it a 9-0 run for a 9-6 advantage. The Defenders were unable to push the lead beyond three and back to back three-point baskets by Mount Marty’s Ali Kuca and Jamie Tebben sandwiched around a three-point basket by Payton Harmsen tied the score at 16-16 at the conclusion of the quarter.
The Lancers built the lead to nine on two occasions in the second quarter, the last at 34-25 before four unanswered by the Defenders made it 34-29 at the break. Gabby Kreykes buried a jumper as time expired to get it to the manageable difference.
The Lancers managed to hold the Defenders at bay most of the third quarter, pushing the advantage back to seven with a 41-34 edge with 5:40 left in the period. A Baylee Tetzlaff three-point basket ignited a rally and Siennah Stamness made a lay-up to get Dordt to within 41-39. A steal and basket by Bailey Beckman tied the game with 3:44 remaining. The Defenders were unable to take the lead and settled for a 48-48 tie at the end of the quarter with Mya Chmielewski laying a basket after an assist by Kenzie Cunard as the Defenders went the length of the court to tie the game in five seconds.
Chmielewski delivered the basket that gave Dordt its first lead of the second half at 52-50 and the Defenders never trailed again. Dordt’s biggest lead was 66-61 after a pair of Rachel Evavold free throws but the Lancers tied it 69-69 and again at 71-71 with Erika Feenstra scoring for the Defenders and Molly Koisti for the Lancers.
With 34 seconds remaining Dordt had the ball and ran down the clock. Feenstra was fouled on an entry pass with :08 left and she made both free throws. After a Mount Marty timeout to advance the ball, the Lancers got the ball to Kayla Jacobson who got to the basket but had her shot blocked by Feenstra and Payton Harmsen converted a free throw for the final of 74-71.
Dordt converted 24-55 field goals and 24-32 free throws. The Defenders were limited to 2-13 three-point shooting.
Mount Marty was 26-61 from the field and 11-25 from the three-point line. The Lancers converted 8-10 free throws.
Dordt had a 41-31 rebounding advantage and had 14 steals to 10 for Mount Marty.
Rachel Evavold scored 16 before fouling out and she had six rebounds with two assists and two steals.
Bailey Beckman scored 15 and had two assists and two steals.
Erika Feenstra scored 10 with seven rebounds and she had two steals. All of her points came in the second half.
Mont Marty’s Ali Kuca had 25 points on 9-16 field goal shooting and she was 6-12 from the three-point line.
Dordt is 7-3 in the league and 15-3 overall. Mount Marty is 3-7 in the GPAC and 9-7 overall.
Dordt def. Mount Marty 74-71
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Dordt completes the first half of the GPAC season with a road game at College of Saint Mary at 2:00 on Saturday, January 11.