Dordt will compete at the NAIA Division II Women’s National Basketball Championship beginning Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30 against Indiana Northwest. The games can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and online at www.kdcr885.com. Details about the contest can be found at https://www.dordt.edu/athletics and by following Dordt College athletics on Twitter at https://twitter.com/dcathletics. Dordt fans are encouraged to wear black for the games.
For a fee the first three rounds of the championship will be available on the NAIA Network.
Indiana Northwest is a NAIA Division II Independent and posted a 26-7 record this season. The RedHawks won eight games in a row after a season opening loss to Aquinas. The RedHawks then won six games in a row from December 15-January 11 to improve to 14-4 at the time. Indiana Northwest then reeled off nine wins in a row from January 26-February 23 before losing to the College of the Ozarks on February 24 in the finals of the Alliance of Independents tournament 88-65. The RedHawks claimed an automatic berth with the runner-up finish. Last year’s IU Northwest team was 15-16
Ryan Shelton’s team is averaging 70.2 points per game and allow 58.7 points per outing. The team is converting 42.6 percent of its shots and opponents are making 37.2 percent of the field goals it tries against the RedHawks. Indiana Northwest holds a 39.2-33.7 rebounding edge and convert 35.4 percent of the three-point shots it tries. The RedHawks have committed 457 turnovers while forcing 472 through 33 games.
Michelle Borgen averages 17.7 points per game with 8.5 rebounds and she is making 50 percent of her field goal tries. Chloe Salman scores 14.9 points per game and has 76 assists and has made a team high 80 three-point baskets while making 37.2 percent of her tries. Grayce Roach scores 13.9 points per game and has made 49 three-point baskets with 4.2 rebounds per game. She has made 35 percent of her three-point attempts. Gina Rubino tosses in 9.2 points per game and has made 69 three-point baskets and has converted nearly 40 percent of her attempts. Salman, Roach and Rubino are a combined 198-530 from the three-point line for a team that is 222-628 as a team. The RedHawks rely heavily on its five starters who average between 28.8-34.5 minutes played per game. Three other players have seen time in all 33 games and another has been in 31.
The Defender women finished the year with a 20-11 record and a 13-9 GPAC mark. Dordt started the year with five straight wins and built a 13-4 record before the new year. Dordt was fourth in the GPAC and lost a quarterfinal round game to Hastings 66-63. The Defenders grabbed one of eight available at-large berths when the 32-team field for the event was announced last week.
Dordt has outscored teams 80.6-69.5 and outrebound teams 46.2-35.7. The Defenders are converting 43.5 percent of their field goals and allow 37.3. Dordt’s three-point percentage is 28.6 and opponents make 29.5. Dordt gets to the free throw line nearly 25 times per game and is making 71 percent of its free throws. The College of the Ozarks had a 30-53 shooting day for 56.6 percent success while the RedHawks converted 44.4 percent of their field goals and 29.4 percent of their three-point shots.
Bill Harmsen’s first team at Dordt is led by Erika Feenstra with a 20.6 points per game average and she is making 58.7 percent of her field goals and she has gone to the free throw line 228 times this season and is converting 73.2 percent of her free tries. She also leads the team in rebounds with 7.5. Rachel Evavold scores 12.6 points per game with 6.8 rebounds and she is making 53.5 percent of her field goals. Annie Rhinesmith adds 12.4 points per game with 5.3 rebounds and she leads the team with 144 assists. Payton Harmsen and Kenzie Bousema score 7.1 and 6.8 points per game while Siennah Stamness and Jordyn Van Maanen have scoring averages of 5.9 and 4.7 points per game.
IU Northwest had a 17-15 lead on the College of the Ozarks after one quarter of play on February 24 but allowed a 29-18 second quarter and was outscored 44-30 in the second half in falling 88-65 to the Bobcats. Borgen had 21 points on 9-18 shooting and grabbed six rebounds. Salman had 16 points and never left the floor. Williams came off the bench and scored 11. The RedHawks converted 44 percent of their field goals while allowing Ozarks 54 percent success.
The Defenders were on the short end of a 66-63 decision with Hastings on February 20 in the GPAC Quarterfinals. The Defenders led much of the second half and actually had a 10 point lead midway through the third quarter. Dordt’s last lead was at 60-58 with 2:05 left but Hastings took the lead with four straight points and controlled the rest of the game and withstood a three-point shot at the buzzer to claim the three-point win. Evavold had 22 points and seven rebounds and Rhinesmith had 12 points and five rebounds with three steals. Van Maanen came of the bench to score nine points and had nine rebounds while Erika Feenstra had eight points before fouling out. Dordt had a 48-33 rebounding advantage and held Hastings to 34.3 percent shooting but had 24 turnovers to 11 for the Broncos which led to 10 more field goal attempts for Hastings.
This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
NAIA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD…
There will be eight first round games played on both Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7 before the round of 16 games on Friday, March 8. By the time Saturday play begins the field will be trimmed to eight teams.
There are six GPAC teams in the field with Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan and Northwestern all holding number one seeds in their respective quadrants. Hastings is the number three seed in Northwestern’s quadrant while Dordt and Morningside reside in the Liston Bracket where Southeastern (Florida) is the number one seed.
The Dordt-IU Northwest winner will advance to the round of 16 on Friday morning at 10:15 A.M. to face the Southeastern-Alice Lloyd (Kentucky) winner. That first round game is played Wednesday at 5:15.
Dakota Wesleyan 18-4/28-4
Briar Cliff 9-13/15-16
Mount Marty 8-14/15-14
College of Saint Mary 1-21/2-27