Dordt defeats Dakota State 89-62
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender women’s basketball team never trailed and won a 27 point decision with Dakota State in non-conference basketball played in Madison, South Dakota on Tuesday night, November 21.
Dordt raced out to a 16-5 lead midway through the first quarter with Mya Chmielewski knocking down a three-point basket to help an 11-0 run that finally ended when Mari Smitsdorff made one of two free throws with 3:28 left in the quarter. The Defenders were up 25-12 when the first quarter ended.
The Defender lead ballooned to 23 with 2:09 left in the half on an Annie Rhinesmith basket and the Defenders were up 46-26 when the first half came to a close.
Dordt scored the first points of the second half but struggled to keep the momentum as the hosts cut the lead to 51-41 with 4:44 left in the third period. Rachel Evavold made a pair of free throws to get the Defenders up by 12 and Erika Feenstra a two-point basket followed by a three-point basket and Dordt’s lead was never under 15.
Dakota State never made another charge and Dordt led by 33 before winning by the final 27 point margin.
Dordt made 33-79 field goals and 11-31 three-point shots to Dakota State’s 23-64 overall shooting and 9-27 three-point success.
Dordt had a 61-37 rebounding edge and took down 22 offensive rebounds.
Dakota State turned it over 22 times to 20 for Dordt.
Neither team was sharp on free throw accuracy with Dordt making 19-22 and Dakota State was 7-16.
Erika Feenstra had a career high 32 points and took down 13 rebounds with two steals. Feenstra’s 32 are the most for a Defender women’s basketball player since at least the 2001-02 season. Feenstra was 13-20 overall from the field and 3-5 from the three-point line.
Annie Rhinesmith added 10 points and she had five rebound with four assists.
Mya Chmielewski had eight points and Jordyn Van Maanen had seven rebounds.
Rachel Evavold had eight rebounds and four blocked shots. Payton Harmsen handed out seven assists.
Dordt is now 7-2.
DAKOTA STATE’S NUMBERS
Jessi Giles had 15 to lead Dakota State and she had six rebounds.
McKenzie Hermanson had 11 points and Alexis Evans added ten. Both came off the bench.
Dakota State is now 1-6.
COACH HARMSEN SAID
“We need to come out of halftime with a 20 point lead like that and try to build it up to 25 or 30 at the end of the quarter. That’s something this team has got to get used to and working ourselves through. When they made a couple shots and we missed some all the sudden that momentum begins to turn. During that time out we talked about how funny momentum is and how we had to get it back.”
Dordt will be off until Wednesday, November 28 when the Defenders travel to face Northwestern in Orange City in GPAC play.