Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 24, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team upset #5 ranked Morningside in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Wednesday night at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Defender women moved to two games above .500 in the conference with the hard-fought 83-81 win over the league leader.

Dordt College took the lead in the first hald when Kara Karlsgodt converted a free throw with 11:02 left to make the score 18-17. The Defenders led by five twice late in the first half--once at 25-20 with 7:15 remaining and again at 35-30 on a layup by Kate Du Mez. The Defenders took a 39-35 halftime lead on an Erin Savery basket just before the buzzer after an Alisha Willey had trimmed the lead to 37-35.

Dordt College pushed the lead up to as many as nine at 53-44 and again at 55-46 at 15:03 left on a pair of Lindsey Van Wyk free throws. From there the Mustangs cut the lead down, eventually taking the lead on a pair of free throws by Brittany Williamson wtih 9:00 remaining. Dordt bounced right back with four straight made free throws by Van Wyk and Du Mez only to have the Mustangs take the lead again at 77-75 on a pair of free throws by Dani Gass with 2:16 left in the game.

The Defenders refused to wilt, getting Erin Savery to the free throw line for a pair of made shots and after a missed three-pointer by the Mustangs, Van Wyk hit two more free throws to give Dordt a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way. A Van Wyk jumper made it an 81-77 difference with :40 left and Gass answered with a two pointer of her own with :29 left. After a foul Kara Karlsgodt made one of two free throws for an 82-79 lead with :22 left. A Kristi Tighe three-pointer for the tie rimmed out and JJ Hall converted the putback for the Mustangs with :06 left and Kate Du Mez made one of two free throws after getting fouled on the inbounds pass. Morningside had their chance for overtime rim out on a 14 foot runner by Gass as time expired, preserving the win for the Defenders.

Dordt converted 27-53 shots from the floor for 50.9 percent and were 4-9 from the three-point line. The Defenders also made the most of their free throw opportunities, making 25-33 attempts. Morningside was 24-51 from the floor for 47.1 percent and were limited to 6-11 three-pointers and made 27-37 free throws.

Dordt was led by Kara Karlsgodt's 19 poins on 7-12 shooting from the floor and 5-9 free throws. Kate Du Mez and Lindsey Van Wyk, the GPAC player of the week last week, scored 17 each and McKinzie Schmidt chipped in with 10. Erin Savery added nine in a reserve role and Amy Prather chipped in with seven. Morningside was paced by Dani Gass' 25 points and Alisha Willey had 20 before fouling out.

The teams were even on the glass wtih both teams taking down 31. Karlsgodt had nine, Van Wyk seven and Schmidt six. Gass led all players with 14 caroms.

Both teams had 17 turnovers with Du Mez dishing out three assists with two steals. Autumn Bartel had four assists for the Mustangs in their second loss in the conference.

Dordt improves to 9-12 overall and 7-5 in the league while Morningside is 16-6 overall and 11-2 in the GPAC. The win was the first for Dordt College over Morningside since the Sioux City school joined the conference.

Other GPAC scores from Wednesday night:
Mount Marty def. Dakota Wesleyan, 70-47
Northwestern def. Sioux Falls, 79-53
Briar Cliff def. Dana, 68-63
Hastings def. Nebraska Wesleyan, 81-44

GPAC Standings through games of January 24:
Morningside 11-2
Hastings 9-3
Northwestern 9-3
Mount Marty 9-3
Doane 8-3
Dordt 7-5
Briar Cliff 6-6
Concordia 6-6
Midland Lutheran 4-7
Sioux Falls 4-8
Dakota Wesleyan 2-9
Dana 2-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-12

Dordt's Current Record: 9-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-6 (11-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 39 44 83
Morningside 35 46 81
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Karlsgodt 9
Lindsey Van Wyk 7
McKinzie Schmidt 6
Kelsie De Nooy 3
Team Total: 31
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Dani Gass 14
Alisha Willey 5
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Karlsgodt 19
Kate Du Mez 17
Lindsey Van Wyk 17
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Team Total: 83
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Dani Gass 25
Alisha Willey 20
Brittany Williamson 10
J.J. Hall 8
Team Total: 81
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/53 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/9 44%
Free Throws: 25/32 78%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/51 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/11 55%
Free Throws: 27/37 73%

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