Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

January 10, 2007

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender women's basketbal team snapped a two game losing streak with a 63-55 win over the Sioux Falls Cougars at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Wednesday, January 10.

The Defenders took the early lead when they went on a 12-0 run to from down 6-4 to up 16-6. The Cougars snapped that string with 11:04 left in teh first half on a layup by Michelle Koupal. the Defenders then extended the lead to 20-8 on buckets by Kelsey De Nooy and Kate Du Mez at the midpoint of the first half.

Leading by 11 with 8:05 left in the half, the Defenders were dealt a blow when Lindsey Van Wyk picked up her second foul. The Lady Defenders' leading scorer was relegated to the bench for the rest of the half as the Cougars went on a nine point run at one point to cut the lead to 24-22 with 3:40 left. A basket by Kara Karlsgodt ended the run but the Cougars kept coming, eventually taking the lead on a three-point play by Jacey Olsen with 1:47 left in the half to make the score 28-26. Karlsgodt was able to neutralize some of the momentum Sioux Falls had built by making three of four free throws in the final minute but the Cougars still led 32-29 at the break.

The two teams traded buckets and the lead for the first four minutes before Sioux Falls' Olsen made a two point basket for a 38-35 lead. Karlsgodt answered right bakc with a layup to cut the lead down and Lindsey Van Wyk eventually tied the score at 39-39 with 15:24 left in the game. A minute later it was Kelsie De Nooy who forced a tie wtih a pair of free throws making it 41-41 only to see Sioux Falls score three of the next four points to go up 45-42. With 8:22 left Amy Prather hit a bucket, one of five the sophomore converted for the night, giving the Defenders a lead they would never relinquish and Linsey van Wyk drilled three straight shots over the next minute and a half to extend the lead to a comfortable 52-45 with 5:57 left.

Sioux Falls would get as close as six with Dordt pulling away to a double-digit lead on another basket by Prather and a pair of Kate Du Mez free throws with :59 left gave the visitors their biggest lead of the game, 12 points at 63-51 before winning by the 63-55 margin.

The Defenders were 25-57 from the floor for 43.9 percent while making 12-16 free throws and just 1-8 three-pointers. Sioux Falls countered with 22-60 shooting from the floor for 36.7 percent and made just 3-16 three-pointers and 8-14 free throws. Sioux Falls did outrebound Dordt 40-37 but turned the ball over 25 times to Dordt's 22.

Lindsey Van Wyk made 9-13 shots for 18 points, sharing game honors with Jenna Kraayenbrink. Kara Karlsgodt added 12 with seven rebounds and Amy Prather chipped in with 10 on 5-10 shooting. Kristin De Ronde corralled 11 rebounds with six points an two assists while Kate Du Mez had three assists, two steals and eight rebounds. McKinzie Schmidt and Kelsie De Nooy had five and four points respectively.

Sioux Falls had no other players besides Kraayenbrink in double-digits. The 6'2 post player had 13 rebounds and two assists and Morgan Campbell had nine points and Vanessa Smidt eight in the loss.

Dordt is now 4-4 in the GPAC and 6-11 overall while Sioux Falls slips to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in the league.

Other scores from the GPAC on Wednesday night
Morningiside def. Mount Marty 59-57
Northwestern def. Dakota Wesleyan 83-74
Hastings def. Doane 64-62

GPAC Standings:
Northwestern 8-1
Morningside 8-1
Mount Marty 6-2
Hastings 6-2
Doane 5-3
Midland Lutheran 4-3
Dordt 4-4
Sioux Falls 4-5
Briar Cliff 3-5
Concordia 2-6
Dana 2-7
Dakota Wesleyan 1-6
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-8

Dordt's Current Record: 6-11 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-9 (4-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 34 63
Sioux Falls 32 23 55
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kristin De Ronde 11
Kate Du Mez 8
Kara Karlsgodt 7
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jenna Kraayenbrink 13
Kristen Klaassen 6
Vanessa Smidt 4
Jacey Olson 4
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Lindsey Van Wyk 18
Kara Karlsgodt 12
Amy Prather 10
Kristin De Ronde 6
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jenna Kraayenbrink 18
Morgan Campbell 9
Vanessa Smidt 8
Jacey Olson 7
Team Total: 55
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/57 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/8 12%
Free Throws: 12/16 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/60 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/16 19%
Free Throws: 8/14 57%

For more information, please contact Mike Byker, Sports Information Director, at mbyker@dordt.edu or (712) 722-6301.