MADISON, S.D. - Dordt (Iowa) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) raced to a 25-point second-half lead over Dakota State Wednesday evening at DSU Fieldhouse. The Lady T's mounted a furious late-game rally, but fell short by the score of 81-79.
Dakota State suffered their third straight defeat and dropped their overall record to 4-9. Dordt (Iowa), which received votes to the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National poll after upsetting then No. 1 Concordia (Neb.) in double overtime on Jan. 5, raised their record to 11-9.
The Defenders raced to a 13-point lead at 17-4 with less than 15 minutes left in the first-half.
DSU used a 13-4 scoring run to trim their deficit to 21-17 with 10:16 remaining before halftime.
DC shot 18-for-29 from the field (62.1 percent) in the first-half, including 7-for-8 from the 3-point arc (87.5 percent) to earn a 43-34 halftime lead. The Lady T's shot 13-for-30 from the field (43.3 percent) and 6-for-11 from the 3-point line (54.5 percent).
The Defenders went on a 33-17 spurt to earn the biggest lead of the game at 76-51 with 8:46 left in the game.
Dakota State stormed back in the game by outscoring Dordt 26-3 run in the next eight minutes as DC maintained a 79-77 lead (51 seconds left).
The Defenders nailed down two free-throws by Jasmin Schelhaas to earn a four-point lead (81-77) with 12 seconds remaining.
After Kylie Westover missed a 3-pointer shot with three seconds left, DSU Alyson Drooger made a jump shot with 00.9 seconds left to make it 81-79 in favor of the Defenders.
The Lady T's called time out, but Dordt successfully complete the play from out-of-bounds to secure the victory.
DSU shot 51.7 percent from the field in the final twenty minutes of the game (15-for-29) and 9-for-15 from the 3-point arc (60 percent). Dordt was 13-for-31 from the field (41.9 percent) and 5-for-12 from the 3-point line (41.7 percent).
Westover scored a game-high 28 points for the Lady T's. She was 9-for-20 from the field, drained six 3-pointers in 11 attempts and made all four free-throw attempts. Alyson Drooger was 8-for-13 from the field for 17 points. Cassie Jacobsen added 14 points, where she was perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc. Courtney Hamblin scored eight points off the bench.
Courtney Hulstein earned six rebounds for DSU. Drooger added five rebounds and recorded four blocked shots.
Hulstein and Hamblin each produced four assists for the Lady T's.
Four players scored in double digits for the Defenders. Kayla Broekhuis had 20 points on her 7-for-12 shooting, including 6-for-10 from the field. Brianna Spronk added 15 points. Kara Van Dyke had a double-double of 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Schelhaas had 11 points.
Van Dyke recorded five blocked shots for Dordt. Spronk dished out seven assists, while Van Dyke added five assists.
The Defenders shot 51.7 percent overall from the field (31-for-60) compared to the Lady T's 47.5 percent (28-for-59).
Both teams combined for a total of 27 3-pointers in the game. DSU made 15 3-pointers in 26 attempts (57.7 percent), while DC was 12-for-20 from the 3-point line (60 percent).
DSU was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line (80 percent). Dordt made seven free-throws in nine attempts (77.8 percent).
Dakota State dished out a total of 24 assists in the game compared to the Defenders' 23 assists.
Dordt outscored the Lady T's 28-15 in points off turnovers and 32-18 inside the paint.
DC outrebounded DSU 33-30.
Dakota State heads west this weekend for a pair of game. The Lady T's travel to the Multipurpose Gym in Kyle, S.D. Friday evening for a contest with Oglala Lakota (S.D.). Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. (Central Time)/5 p.m. (Mountain Time).
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director