Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 17, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team won a 87-79 overtime battle with the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball action on Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym.

The Defenders trailed early, getting down 23-18 with 7:38 left in the first half on a Sarah Mortenson three-pointer. The difference actually ballooned to six at 31-25 with 3:25 left on a free throw by Nikki Johnston. Dordt cut the lead down to 38-35 at halftime, outscoring Dakota Wesleyan 10-7 in the closing minutes. Dordt had the lead down to one when Lindsey Van Wyk chased in a two point shot with :13 left but the visitors responded with a two-pointer by Mortenson just before the buzzer.

Wesleyan held on to the lead early in the second half, extending it to a six-point lead again on a basket by Adria Pazour with 17:01 remaining making it 45-39. Dordt battled back to tie it at 50-50 with Erin Savery nailing the three-pointer that knotted it with 13:16 left. Kate Du Mez tied the game at 52 after a basket by Wesleyan's Angela Noteboom.

Dordt took their first lead since the 13:22 mark on a pair of free throws by Savery only to have Wesleyan retake the lead. The Tigers led at one point 67-61 with 5:24 left but the Defenders would outscore Dakota Wesleyan 7-1 over the final five minutes to force overtime. The Defenders got a basket from Kara Karlsgodt to start the comeback and Du Mez made a shot with 4:32 left to tighten it to 67-64. Du Mez converted a free throw for the old fashioned three point play. Laura Guericke made 1-2 freee throws with 2:03 remaining and a basket by Lindsey Van Wyk tied it at 68-68. The closing moments were not without their tense times with Van Wyk blocking a Jennifer Pommer three-point attempt with :08 left only to get fouled as she chased the rebound down. After a timeout Van Wyk failed to convert on the one-and-one, sending the game to overtime.

Van Wyk made amends for the missed free throw, converting ten points in the overtime on the way to a 30 point night, her second of the season. Dordt took the lead for good on an Amy Prather basket with 3:20 left at 72-71. The basket was the start of an 8-0 run that put the game out of reach.

Van Wyk had 30 points on 12-21 field goals while converting 4-5 free throws. Kate Du Mez had a season high 19 points with seven assists, making 6-12 field goal attempts. Kara Karlsgodt had ten points and five rebounds while Kelsie De Nooy provided a spark off the bench with eight points, eight rebounds, four critical steals in teh second half and one blocked shot. Erin Savery added seven for the Defenders as Dordt made 30-62 field goals, flirting with the fifty percent mark. Dordt did hold a 40-36 rebounding edge, led by McKinzie Schmidt's nine to go along with nine points.

Wesleyan's Ashley Johnson and Adria Pazour each had 19 in the loss and Kara Overweg had ten. Pazour had seven rebounds to pace the Tigers.

Wesleyan is now 4-15 and 2-7 in the league while Dordt improves to 7-12 overall and 5-5 in the GPAC.

Other GPAC women's scores from Wednesday night include:
Morningside def. Briar Cliff 76-65
Hastings def. Dana 71-34
Doane def. Midland Lutheran 87-68
Concordia def. Nebraska Wesleyan 67-55

GPAC Standings through games January 17
Morningside 10-1
Hastings 8-2
Northwestern 8-3
Mount Marty 7-3
Doane 7-3
Dordt 5-5
Midland Lutheran 4-5
Briar Cliff 4-6
Sioux Falls 4-6
Concordia 4-6
Dakota Wesleyan 2-7
Dana 2-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-10.

Dordt's Current Record: 7-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-15 (2-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 35 33 19 87
Dakota Wesleyan 38 30 11 79
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Kelsie De Nooy 8
Lindsey Van Wyk 8
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Adria Pazour 7
Sarah Mortenson 6
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Lindsey Van Wyk 30
Kate Du Mez 19
Kara Karlsgodt 10
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Team Total: 87
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Adria Pazour 19
Ashley Johnson 19
Kara Overweg 10
Team Total: 79
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/62 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 23/30 77%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/65 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/19 26%
Free Throws: 18/24 75%

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