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Tigers upset

Wednesday, Dordt took a 20-13 halftime lead and stopped every run the Tigers made in the second half. "I think Dordt played very well. They made shots when they had to, even when we made a run at them," Wesleyan coach Kevin Lein said. "They just ...

Wednesday, Dordt took a 20-13 halftime lead and stopped every run the Tigers made in the second half.

"I think Dordt played very well. They made shots when they had to, even when we made a run at them," Wesleyan coach Kevin Lein said. "They just kept making shots. I thought we did a good job defensively a few times and they just found a way to score."

Wesleyan only shot 23 percent from the field in the first half, while the Defenders shot 25 percent. The Tigers ended up shooting 27 percent from the field overall, while Dordt shot 36 percent.

"It's a lot of psychology - we didn't shoot very well tonight. Maybe we were a little tense or something. It just happens - it's basketball," Lein said. "Anybody can beat anybody and that's what's kind of fun about coaching."

In the second half, Dordt led by 11 points until Wesleyan's Amanda Williams scored on a 3-pointer before Dordt took a timeout. After the timeout, DWU's Tera Ellefson and Victoria Drefs each scored on a basket.

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Later, Wesleyan's Abbey DeWolf hit a 3-pointer to cut the Defenders' lead to three.

But Dordt took off on another run and went ahead by 11, an advantage Wesleyan couldn't erase.

"I don't think we came out ready to play," Williams said. "I think we overlooked them because we beat them last time. I don't think we were running the plays like we should have. Just like coach said in the locker room, we need to overlook these games and just look to the next games because Concordia is going to be a big game.

"We just have to prepare for the next ones and not look at these (losses) and dwell on them."

Drefs and Ellefson each led the Tigers with nine points while Randi Morgan had eight rebounds.

Dordt went 23-of-63 from the field and 9-of-12 from the line. The Tigers went 15-of-55 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.

Jill Bouma had 11 points and eight rebounds for Dordt while Angie Katsma had eight rebounds.

"We are just going to practice hard like we always do, get more focused and concentrate during the games," Williams said.

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Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday will travel to Seward, Neb., to take on the nation's No. 1-ranked team, Concordia.

Wesleyan (18-10)

Abbey DeWolf 2-11 2-2 7, Victoria Drefs 3-5 2-2 9, Tera Ellefson 4-11 0-0 9, Amanda Williams 3-12 0-0 7, Randi Morgan 1-11 4-4 6, Sarah Viedt 1-1 0-0 2, Tacey Faulhaber 1-4 1-2 3, Christine Donahue 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-55 9-10 58.

Dordt (8-16)

Shawn Flikkema 3-9 0-0 8, Katie Bleeker 1-4 2-2 4, Jill Bouma 4-9 3-4 11, Rachel Schutte 2-6 0-0 4, Rachel Van Beek 1-5 2-2 4, Nicki De Blaey 3-5 0-0 6, Jenna O'Neill 2-10 1-1 6, Tara De Boer 1-3 1-3 3, Colleen De Groot 2-6 0-0 4, Angie Katsma 4-6 0-0 8. Totals 23-63 9-12 58.

Halftime-Dakota Wesleyan 13, Dordt 20. 3-point shots-Dakota Wesleyan 4-20 (DeWolf 1-9, Drefs 1-2, Ellefson 1-2, Williams 1-5, Morgan 0-2), Dordt 3-12 (Flikkema 2-6, Bleeker 0-1, O'Neill 1-4). Rebounds-Dakota Wesleyan 34 (Morgan 8), Dordt 43 (Bouma 8, Katsma 8). Assists-Dakota Wesleyan 13 (Williams 4, Morgan 4), Dordt 9 (Bouma 2, Schutte 2, De Blaey 2). Turnovers-Dakota Wesleyan 25, Dordt 22. Total fouls-Dakota Wesleyan 13, Dordt 12. Fouled out-None. Technical fouls-Dakota Wesleyan team.

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