Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Grand View

November 7, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Dordt secured their first victory in their third game of the season, beating non-conference opponent Grand View at home 68-59. The Defenders are now 1-2 on the year, while Grand View has yet to earn a win in three games played.

After the tip, Dordt took a quick 4-point lead, capitalizing off a Grand View missed shot and turnover all in the first minute of play. Sparked by three-point shooting by Beth Ehlers, Tanna Slings, and Molly Gunsalus, Grand View would come back to take a 15-14 lead with 9:23 remaining in the first half. A jump shot by Bre Schneidermann, assisted by Amy Prather, put the Defenders ahead by one at 22-21 with 4:53 left. Grand View's Tanna Slings answered at the other end with two foul shots, giving Grand View the lead. Dordt regained ground off a three-point basket by Julia De Koekkoek during the next possession, putting Dordt up 25-23. Grand View would go on to gain a six point lead, locking the score at 36-30 at the break.

Turnovers and missed shots by the Defenders allowed Grand View to build off of their half-time lead, extending it to 10 points within the first five minutes of the second half. Free throw shots by Slings would give Grand View their biggest lead of the game at 52-39. A jumper by McKinzie Schmidt at the 11:49 mark was the beginning of a 14-point Dordt run that would eventually lead to a 68-59 victory, sealed by two free throws and a three-pointer by Kate Du Mez with under 2 minutes remaining in the game.

In the second half Dordt scored 38 points to Grand View's 23. The Defender's full-court pressure contributed to 24 Grand View turnovers, which Dordt cashed-in for 23 points. Rebounding was also an advantage for the home team, who pulled down 46 rebounds, ten more than their opponents. Schmidt was the game-high rebounder with 10.

Providing a spark off the bench, freshman Bre Schneidermann was good for 10 points, five boards, and three blocks. Two of Schneidermann's blocks came in the last 10 minutes of the game and protected against penetration baskets as Dordt fought back from a seven-point deficit.

Dordt used 10 players to gain an advantage with fresh legs, wearing out Grand View's starters. Only three players came off the bench for the visiting team, forcing their starters to play a fast-break game with tired starters. Grand View's guards played 30 minutes or more, the whole time trying to defend against Dordt's athleticism and quickness in the front court and break solid pressure from a full-court press during most of the game.

Du Mez led the Defenders with 17 points and 3 assists, followed by Erin Savery's 12 points. Posts Kara Karlsgodt and Schneidermann each put in 10 points and grabbed 8 and 5 rebounds respectively. And Freshman Amber Soodsma was good for 8 points and 8 rebounds in Dordt's first win of the season.

With a week off to prepare for their next home, the Defenders will get ready to host nationally ranked Dakota State next Thursday, November 15.

Dordt's Current Record: 1-2 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-3 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 38 68
Grand View 36 23 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Kara Karlsgodt 8
Amber Soodsma 8
Bre Schneidermann 5
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Angie Creighton 9
Tanna Slings 8
Liz Gorman 5
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 17
Erin Savery 12
Bre Schneidermann 10
Kara Karlsgodt 10
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Alicia Onnen 24
Angie Creighton 14
Tanna Slings 12
Molly Gunsalus 10
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/71 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/10 30%
Free Throws: 15/23 65%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/49 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/13 54%
Free Throws: 14/17 82%

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