Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

December 5, 2007

(Sioux Center, Iowa) For the second straight GPAC outing the Dordt College Defender women's basketball team lost a nailbiter in search of their first conference win.

Wednesday, December 5 the Defenders lost a 51-49 decision to the Sioux Falls Cougars, dropping to 0-3 in the GPAC in the process.

Dordt started strong with a 12-2 lead with 10:57 left in the first half on a Kara Karlsgodt lay up to cap a 12-0 run. Sioux Falls responded to the Dordt College run with a rally to take the lead at the 5:19 mark on a basket by Jacey Olsen for a 18-17 lead. Sioux Falls eventually got up by three on a pair of Kristen McMahon free throws with :25 left in the half and went to the break leading 25-22.

Dordt eventually tied the game at 30-30 with 16:53 left in the game when Kate Du Mez drilled a jumper. The game was tied again at 32-32 and Dordt took a 39-34 lead on another Du Mez jumper with 11:32 left. Dordt maintained a slim margin most of the rest of the game, relinquishing th elead at 46-45 with 3:13 left and the Defenders were down 49-45 with 1:55 remaining in the game before staging a comeback with back to back buckets by Amber Soodsma and Kate Du Mez. Du Mez's basket tied it with 1:08 remaining and after a steal the Defenders had the basketball with under :30 left. A shot by Du Mez refused to drop through and the Cougars worked the ball to Charia Anderson with :05 left and the reserve guard took the ball to the baseline where she drew a foul on the shot and made both free throws with :02.7 left. After a Dordt timeout the Defenders passed to midcourt, got a look at a shot but fired it after the buzzer, losing for the third time this season by two points.

Dordt was led by Kate Du Mez's 11 points and four assists while Kara Karlsgodt bot 10 points and six rebounds. McKinzie Schmidt put in eight points and grabbed a team high 11 rebounds and Kelsie De Nooy came off the bench for nine points. Dordt was 21-63 from the floor for 33.3 percent and were 5-14 on free throws for 35.7 percent. Sioux Falls got 13 points by reserve Kristen McMahon and 10 points by Morgan Campbell. Sioux Falls converted 19-55 shots for 34.5 percent and made the most of their free throws by converting 10-12 for 83.3 percent.

The two teams both had 42 rebounds and Dordt turned the ball over 19 times and Sioux Falls 24.

Dordt is 0-3 in the league and 1-6 overall while Sioux Falls is 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Dordt travels to Doane this Saturday, December 8 for a conference test.

GPAC Scores from Wednesday, December 5
Briar Cliff 76, Mount Marty 73 Concordia 79, Nebraska Wesleyan 65
Northwestern 103, Dakota Wesleyan 71
Sioux Falls 51, Dordt 49
Hastings 87, Dana 62
Doane 79, Midland Lutheran 66

GPAC Standings through Wednesday
Morningside 3-0
Northwestern 2-0
Concordia 3-1
Hastings 3-1
Doane 3-1
Briar Cliff 3-1
Dakota Wesleyan 2-2
Midland Lutheran 1-2
Sioux Falls 1-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-3
Dordt 0-3
Mount Marty 0-3
Dana 0-3

Dordt's Current Record: 1-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-7 (1-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 22 27 49
Sioux Falls 25 26 51
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 11
Amber Soodsma 7
Kara Karlsgodt 6
Kelsie De Nooy 4
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jenna Kraayenbrink 8
Chelsa Baxa 5
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 11
Kara Karlsgodt 10
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Amber Soodsma 6
Team Total: 49
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kristen McMahon 13
Morgan Campbell 10
Lacey Janzen 6
Charia Anderson 4
Team Total: 51
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/63 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 5/14 36%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/58 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/7 43%
Free Throws: 10/12 83%

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