SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – After erasing an eight-point halftime deficit, the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team couldn’t hang onto its lead against Dordt College and a late basket gave the Defenders enough edge for a 60-59 victory Wednesday night in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The Tigers led by as many as seven in the second half, but Dordt came back to grab a late lead and led by five, 58-53, with 3:52 left to play. Back-to-back threes by Celeste Beck and Elizabeth Lamb gave the Tigers a one-point lead, 59-58, with 51 seconds left, and DWU got a stop on the Defenders’ next possession.
Kim Johnson was fouled on the play, and she missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Dordt got the rebound. Jasmin Schelhaas scored on a layup with 13 seconds left, and the Tigers got off several shots in the final seconds of the game but failed to score.
Neither team could maintain a lead to start the game, and Dordt went on a 6-0 run to grab a 26-20 lead with 5:45 left in the first half. Amanda Hart hit a three to make it a three-point game, 29-26, with 1:18 left in the half, but Kayla Broekhuis hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to put Dordt up 34-26 at halftime.
Dakota Wesleyan opened the second half on a 15-0 run that included three 3-pointers by Lamb and put the Tigers up seven, 41-34, with 15:10 left to play. Hart hit a three to stop a short Defender run and keep the Tigers’ lead at six, 44-38, but the Defenders responded with a 6-0 run to tie the game at 44 with 9:25 left. Dordt went on a 12-4 run to go up by seven, 56-49, with 6:35 left before the Tigers made their final run.
Lamb finished with 17 points, including five threes, to pace the Tigers. She went 6-for-8 from the field and 5-for-7 from long range. Hart added 14 points, including four threes, and Johnson had eight points and five rebounds. DWU shot 41.8 percent from the field, hit 11 threes and went 2-for-6 from the line. The Tigers had 13 turnovers.
Broekhuis hit five threes and scored 17 points for Dordt (15-13, 9-9). Elise Maresh added 14 points and Kara Van Dyke finished with 13. Jamie Kok had seven rebounds and four assists. Dordt shot 46 percent from the field, hit seven 3-pointers and went 3-for-7 from the line. The Defenders outrebounded DWU 38-29 and had 17 turnovers.
Dakota Wesleyan is on the road Saturday, Feb. 9, when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., to take on Nebraska Wesleyan University at 2 p.m.