A month ago, Dorman came to Northwestern to play in the Lady Trojans' preseason tournament. Dorman, ranked No. 1, was beaten by the fifth-ranked Lady Trojans 55-50.
It was the first win over Dorman in years. Northwestern played tough, gritty defense in that game. The kind of defense that was missing Wednesday night in a rematch on the Trojans home court.
Dorman (8-1) used an 11-2 second-quarter run to pull away from the Trojans on the way to a 64-51 win.
The Cavs' point guard, Franchon Sartor, hasn't decided where she'll play in college just yet. But she can, and will, play somewhere. She scored 18 points, was 9-for-10 from the free throw line, and handled what defense the Trojans offered up.
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Northwestern coach John Bramlett said his team lacked the intensity and effort it had in the first meeting with Dorman.
"We take pride in our defense. It just wasn't there tonight," Bramlett said. "(Dorman) came in with intensity and we didn't match it."
Bramlett won't let his team dwell on the loss. The Lady Trojans are off to a 5-1 start. He wants them focused on the next game, Friday night at South Pointe.
Junior guard Kelia Shelton scored 24 points, 16 in the fourth quarter when she single-handedly tried to get her team back into the game.
Northwestern trailed by 15 points, 51-36, early in the final quarter. Shelton connected on four free throws, scored on a layup, a putback and a 3-pointer from the corner. Her 3 cut the lead under 10 points, 56-47, with 3:12 to go.
Dorman called time to regroup. Cavaliers coach Kristy Ray settled her team down and sent them back on the floor.
Dorman responded with a nice give-and-go from Ashlen Dewart to Allison Karabinas. Dewart followed with a driving layup and Mikala Scott's bucket pushed the lead back to 16 points.
Dewart and Scott added 12 points a piece for Dorman.
Ray said the difference in this game was playing better defense on Shelton. At least for three quarters.
"The first game was a good wake up call for us. Our kids wanted to play them again," Ray said. "Shelton is going to get her points but we did a little better on her tonight."
Northwestern is going to have to have other scorers step up as the season progresses. Sophomore Xy'Resha Isom is coming on strong. She drained four 3's in this one and finished with 18 points.
Amber Stewart scored seven points. Bramlett is hoping she can begin to put up something close to the 18 points per game she averaged last year on the JV team.
The game was loaded with college talent. Shelton is getting looks from several big schools including Georgia Tech and Virginia.
Dorman's Dewart has signed with Appalachian State and Cierra Harris will play at Gardner-Webb next year.