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Northwestern women, men top Concordia; Dordt hangs on against Hastings

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Kendra De Jong had 15 points and 17 boards. Kendra De Jong had 15 points and 17 boards.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Kendra De Jong scored 15 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in leading 11th-ranked Northwestern to a 63-51 upset win over #3 Concordia (Neb.) Saturday afternoon in the Bultman Center. Northwestern runs its record to 11-5 in the GPAC, 17-6 overall.

Trailing by one, Northwestern went on a 9-2 run, capped by a Mackenzie Small three-pointer, to run out to a 13-7 lead. The Red Raiders extended its lead to as much as nine (24-15) before Concordia fought back to get within four at the end of the break (30-26). Northwestern was held to just one field goal over the final five minutes and both teams struggled from the field, shooting a mere 29% from the floor.

Concordia came all the way back and tied it at 32 but Northwestern began another rally, holding the Bulldogs to one field goal over nine minutes of play to open up a 44-37 advantage. A three-pointer by Alli Dunkelberger stretched the lead to 12 points moments later and Northwestern was able to maintain its double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Northwestern shot 34% for the game, led by De Jong who recorded her sixth double-double of the season. Mackenzie Small scored a season-high 14 points, going 2-for-5 from beyond the arc, and Alli Dunkelberger was also in double figures with 11. Northwestern held a big advantage on the glass, pulling down 61 rebounds, the fourth highest total in the program's history. De Jong (17), Samantha Kleinsasser (10) and Karen Hutson (10) all reached double figures in boards.

The Red Raider defense limited Concordia to just 26% from the field and 21% from beyond the arc. Kristen Conahan led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Katie Rich added 10.

Northwestern will host Mount Marty on Wednesday night in another key GPAC match-up.

Courtesy: NWC Media Relations

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Fifth-ranked Northwestern cruised to its fourth straight win as they defeated Concordia 82-55 in GPAC men's basketball action held today in the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders improve to 13-3 in the GPAC, 19-5 overall, while Concordia falls to 2-14 in the GPAC, 6-18 overall.

After trailing early, Northwestern outscored Concordia 13-5 over a six minute stretch to take its first lead, 16-14. An 18-5 NWC run pushed the lead up to 40-28 just before the break until a three-pointer by Zach Chrzan as time ran out put the halftime score at 40-31.

Northwestern shot 62% from the field compared to 37% for the Bulldogs in the opening half.

With the lead still at 11 (52-41), the Red Raiders put the game away with a 12-4 run, extending the lead to as much as 27 by the end of the game.

Levi Ettleman was one of five Northwestern players in double figures, scoring a team-high 15 points and making 5-of-8 field goal attempts. Josh Vander Plaats netted 14 points, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field. Ben Miller added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists while both Joey Habtemariam and Daniel Van Kalsbeek scored 11 points each. Northwestern shot 52% from the floor and outrebounded the Bulldogs 39-30.

Concordia shot just 35% from the field and was led by Beau Smith with 13 points and two boards. Zach Chrzan added 11 points, making 3-of-6 three-pointers.

Northwestern will host Mount Marty on Wednesday night, Feb. 6 at 8:00pm.

Courtesy: NWC Media Relations

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15th ranked Dordt over came a six point half-time deficit and rallied to beat Hastings 79-76 Saturday afternoon.  Jordan Vogel led the Defenders with 17 points.  Trevor Wolterstorff had 15, and Cliff Warner and Kyle Lindbergh each had 10 a piece.

Dordt is back on the court Feb. 6, to battle Dakota Wesleyan.

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