Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

November 28, 2007

(Mitchell, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team lost an 80-78 overtime decision to Dakota Wesleyan on the road in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Dordt fell behind early by a a 30-13 margin with with 9:26 left to go in the first half on a basket by Nikki Johnston. The Defenders would recover before halftime to cut the lead to a more workable margin of eight by outscoring Weslean 15-6 in the rest of the half to go into the intermission down 36-28.

The Defenders continued to dominate the game in the early stages of the second half, eventually tying the game at 41-41 with 14:45 on a three-point basket by Jenny Miller. The Defenders then built up a five point lead with 7:13 remaining when McKinzie Schmidt converted a three-point play. The Defenders couldn't hold the lead though as the Tigers rebounded to tie the game at 66-66 with 2:21 and actually took the lead at 68-66 with 1:45 left on a basket by Adria Pazour. An Amber Soodsma basket tied the game with 1:34 remaining and Soodsma would tie the game again when she dumped in a baseline shot with :08 left in regulation off an assist by Kara Karlsgodt to send the game to overtime at 70-70.

The Defenders scored the first two poits of the overtime session and held a 74-71 lead with 3:06 left in the extra period but Wesleyan scored three in a row, getting a free throw and later a basket both by Allison Johnson to tie the game at 74-74 with 2:22 left. The game was tied again at 76-76 with Johnson again knotting the score and she gave the hometeam the lead for good with a free throw to complete the three-point play. Down three, the Defenders got a driving lay-up by Jenny Miller to make it 79-78 with 1:00 left. After a defensive stand, the Defenders had the ball with :30 left, but turned the basketball over and were forced to foul with :03 left and Wesleyan made one free throw for the final of 80-78.

Dordt was led in scoring by Kate Du Mez with 18 points while Amber Soodsma added 14 wtih three assists. Du Mez had a team high five assists and two steals. Noelle Kreykes came off the bench to score 11 points on 4-6 shooting while Kara Karlsgodt and McKinzie Schmidt both had 10 points. Jenny Miller had eight and Bre Schneiderman five points with five blocked shots and two steals. Schmidt had a game high seven rebounds while Schneidermann, Soodsma, Karlsgodt and Du Mez all had six rebounds.

Dordt made 29-62 shots for 46.8 percent while converting 16-23 free throws. Oddly, Dakota Wesleyan had identical shooting stats from the field and on free throws with the difference coming at the three point line where they made 6-16 while Dordt was 4-9. Dordt outrebounded the Tigers 41-33 but committed 23 turnovers to 19 for the hosts.

Dakota Wesleyan was led by Allison Johnson's 23 points--21 of them coming after halftime and Adria Pazour added 11 points.

Dordt is 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference while Dakota Wesleyan is 5-4 and 2-0. Dordt hosts Waldorf in non-conference play on Saturday while Wesleyan travels to Doane in Crete, Nebraska.

Finals from Wednesday night:
Morningside 79, Mount Marty 68
Briar Cliff 77, Sioux Falls 62
Dakota Wesleyan 80, Dordt 78 (OT)
Nebraska Wesleyan 56, Dana 54
Hastings 83, Midland Lutheran 56

Dordt's Current Record: 1-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-4 (2-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 28 42 8 78
Dakota Wesleyan 36 34 10 80
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Amber Soodsma 6
Bre Schneidermann 6
Kate Du Mez 6
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 18
Amber Soodsma 14
Noelle Kreykes 11
Kara Karlsgodt 10
Team Total: 78
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Allison Johnson 23
Adria Pazour 11
Team Total: 80
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/62 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/62 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%

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