Sterling def. Dordt 80-71
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team lost an 80-71 decision to Sterling (Kansas) on Saturday afternoon in Orange City, Iowa.
In a game hosted by Northwestern, the Defenders were never able to take the lead in the fourth quarter and took a loss for the second time this season.
Dordt surrendered a 5-0 run to end the first quarter and trailed 22-18 at the conclusion of the period. Sterling maintained a lead until the midpoint of the second quarter when Bailey Beckman made one of her five three-point baskets for a 34-32 lead. The teams battled back and forth over the next five minutes and eventually settled for a 38-38 tie.
Another Beckman three-point basket gave Dordt its biggest lead of the second half at 46-43 with 5:17 left in the third period. Sterling worked back to a tie and eventually led 58-54 before an Ashtyn Veerbeek bucket made it 58-56 entering the fourth quarter.
A 7-0 run by the Warriors put them ahead 65-59 and Dordt was forced to battle back. The Defenders twice got to within two with an Erika Feenstra basket with 2:36 left in the game getting within 69-67 but an 8-0 answer by Sterling put the game out of reach for an eventual 80-71 win.
Dordt was 23-70 from the field for 32.9 percent while Sterling was 28-64 for 43.8 percent success.
Both teams shot free throws well with Dordt converting 16-19 and Sterling 17-21.
Dordt had a 47-37 rebounding edge but was hampered by 25 turnovers while Sterling had 16.
Bailey Beckman had 20 points and four rebounds and was 5-6 from the three-point line.
Erika Feenstra scored 18 and had seven rebounds.
Mya Chmielewski had ten points and did all of her scoring in the second half.
Dordt is now 1-2 while Sterling improves to 4-0.
COACH HARMSEN SAID
“We need to get everyone executing at the same time. We have some things to work through this week. It was good to see Beck (Bailey Beckman) shoot it like she did today. We have to make that outside game work otherwise we’re just going to see teams pack in tighter. This team has great potential and we’ll keep working.”
Dordt will travel to Midland in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday, November 14.