Mike Byker, Sports Information Director
SIOUX CENTER – The Dordt women’s basketball team couldn’t shake the Doane Tigers until the fourth quarter in taking a 13-point win over the visitors in GPAC play on Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center.
Dordt took control early in the game with a 14-5 run to start the game but the Tigers had an answer as they chiseled the lead down to 14-10 before trailing 16-10 after Rachel Evavold got a basket with under ten seconds left to close the scoring in the first quarter.
The lead changed hands early in the second quarter and the Tigers built a 27-23 lead only to see Dordt take the lead 28-27 on a Baylee Tetzlaff three-point basket. Four straight by the Tigers gave them the lead and the visitors from Crete, Nebraska were ahead by one at the intermission 31-30.
An Evavold basket followed by an Annie Rhinesmith three-point basket put Dordt up 35-31 with 7:37 left in the third but the Tigers went on a 7-0 run to re-establish control. The Defenders were able to tie the game at 40-40 on an Erika Feenstra free throw and Dordt was able to forge a 45-42 end of the quarter advantage.
Doane scored first two to start the fourth quarter but Dordt scored the next four with Evavold getting back to back baskets. After a Doane basket Dordt built the lead to 56-46 with seven unanswered at the 4:02 mark. Doane never got closer than seven the rest of the game as Dordt controlled the closing minutes for the 64-51 win.
Dordt was 23-56 from the field and 3-23 from the three-point line while converting 15-17 free throws.
Erika Feenstra led the way with 17 points with four rebounds, while Rachel Evavold had 10 points and five rebounds with eight points in the fourth quarter.
“We did not shoot the ball well today,” coach Bill Harmsen said. “I thought we had a great shootaround this morning and two great practices leading up to this and we were ready. Credit Doane we had them down early and fought back and went on a little run and from that point on in the first half it was a ball game. At halftime Doane was shooting 10 percentage points better from the field and three-point range than their season numbers. That was a point at halftime to make them work harder on offense and get after them.”