Mike Byker, Sports Information Director
OMAHA, Neb. – The Defenders earned their ninth win of the season and Erika Feenstra passed Amber Soodsma as Dordt’s all-time leading scorer by adding 14 points to her total of 1,738 career points tonight.
Dordt defeated College of Saint Mary, 83-59, on Wednesday night.
Dordt (9-6) opened the game on a 6-0 run and only gave up the lead once for the rest of the contest. After a Bailey White made shot for the Flames, Ashtyn Veerbeek followed Karly Gustafson’s made free throws with a three-pointer. Gustafson added two more points to stretch Dordt’s lead to 11, but Kenzi Hoit made a three at the buzzer to make the score 24-16 after one.
The Flames (1-8) continued to edge closer as they continued their efficient shooting to eventually take the lead four minutes into the second quarter. Dordt regained the lead on a Karly Gustafson field goal and a three from Mya Chmielewski, maintaining their advantage to the break at 39-34.
Dordt exploded for 36 points in the third quarter which included a corner three by Erika Feenstra to give Dordt a 15-point lead and gave Feenstra the scoring record. After Karly Gustafson’s made shot in the final seconds, Dordt took a 65-48 lead into the final quarter.
The Defenders continued to add to their lead and outscored College of Saint Mary 18-11 in the fourth quarter to earn another GPAC win, an 83-59 victory on the road.
“I’m really proud of our team today,” Dordt coach Bill Harmsen said. “We came in with a lot of focus and were able to get a win on the road.
“Being able to coach Erika for these three years has been a blessing. She puts in a lot of work and energy, and to be able to reach this point is really awesome. I’m really motivated to get back to the De Witt and play in front of our home crowd. We have ten games left, and we’re going to try to keep this thing rolling.”
Karly Gustafson had a game-high 16 points.
Dordt will play again on Saturday, Jan. 9 vs. Mount Marty. The Defenders and Lancers tip off at 2:00 pm in De Witt Gymnasium.