SIOUX CENTER, Iowa – For the second time in the past three games, a late shot got the better of the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team Wednesday night against Dordt College.
The Tigers led by four, 70-66, with 37 seconds left to play, but fouled Jasmin Schelhaas on a three-point shot, and she made all three free throws to get the Defenders within one, 70-69, with 24 seconds left. Micaela Erickson was fouled and missed the front end of a one-and-one with 18 seconds left, and DWU called a timeout with two seconds left.
Dordt threw the ball in after the timeout with two seconds left to play, and Jaimie Kok scored underneath with one second left to give the Defenders a 71-70 win in Sioux Center, Iowa.
The loss is the fourth straight for the Tigers, who are 15-10 overall and 8-8 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. DWU is now sixth in the league with four conference games remaining in the regular season. Dakota Wesleyan plays the No. 3, 5 and 9 teams in the country before the end of the season.
The Defenders (12-13, 5-11) led by as many as seven, 12-5, early in the game. A layup by Katie Johnson gave the Tigers a 21-19 lead, and Amanda Hart later scored on a layup and a 3-pointer to give DWU a five-point lead, 26-21. Schelhaas responded with a three and a layup of her own to tie the score at 26, and neither team was able to grab a lead of more than three points the remainder of the half. DWU led 38-36 at halftime thanks to two free throws by Erica Herrold.
Dordt kept things close to start the second half, but DWU went on a 9-0 run that ended with a three by Hart to go up 10, 54-44, with 12:23 left to play. A jumper by Hart pushed the lead back to 10 a short time later, but the Defenders went on a 9-2 run to make it a three-point game, 58-55, with 7:29 left. Dordt tied the game at 60 with 5:12 left to play, and it was a tight game from there on out.
Hart finished with a game-high 22 points for Dakota Wesleyan, including four 3-pointers. The Tigers shot 40 percent from the field and went 16-for-20 from the line. Katie Johnson finished with 19 points and seven rebounds and went 9-for-10 from the line. Kim Johnson added 11 points and five assists for DWU, which had 35 rebounds and 10 turnovers.
Kok finished with 18 points to pace Dordt, which shot 54.2 percent from the field and went 13-for-20 from the line. Kara Van Dyke and Schelhaas each added 14 points and Kayla Broekhuis added 12 points. Kok also had seven rebounds and Kim Kroeze had nine assists, including an assist on the game-winning basket. The Defenders had 29 rebounds and 17 turnovers.
DWU returns home Saturday, Feb. 8, when it hosts No. 9 Concordia at 6 p.m. The Tigers host one final nonconference game at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, when Trinity Bible College comes to town for a makeup game from early November. Saturday is also senior night for Dakota Wesleyan.