Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

January 12, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team turned in a dominating defensive performance on the way to a 72-39 win over Nebraska Wesleyan in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball at Sioux Center, Iowa on Saturday afternoon.

The Defenders trailed 13-10 at the 12:58 mark before starting a spurt that pushed them in front by double digits at halftime 41-27. The Defenders outscored Wesleyan 20-5 at one point on the way to the comfortable margin.

Dordt scored the first six points of the second half on back to back baskets by Kate Du Mez followed by a Bre Schneidermann lay-up and the Wolves never cut the lead down past 18 as the Defenders breezed to the win. Wesleyan was limited to seven points in the final ten minutes of play.

Dordt was led by Kelsie De Nooy's 15 points and eight rebounds while Amber Soodsma added 14 points and Kate Du Mez 12 with Kara Karlsgodt narrowly missing double digits with nine. Schneidermann, Schmidt and Noelle Kreykes each had six points as the Defenders shot 31-66 from the floor for 47 percent while limiting their opponent to 12-57 shooting for 21.1 percent.

Dordt won the rebounding battle 48-33 and got 12 rebounds from Schmidt and eight each from De Nooy and Soodsma. Du Mez had six assists and four steals while Soodsma and De Nooy both had three steals. Schneidermann had five blocks for the Defenders who are now 7-9 overall and 2-5 in the league while Wesleyan slips to 4-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference.

The Wolves were led by Devan Aschtgen wtih nine points.

Dordt will host Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:00.

Other GPAC scores from Saturday:
Dordt def. Nebraska Wesleyan 72-39
Mount Marty def. Midland Lutheran 84-64
Morningside def. Briar Cliff 87-51
Northwestern def. Doane 73-59
Concordia def. Sioux Falls 80-74
Hastings @ Dakota Wesleyan, Sunday

GPAC standings:
Morningside 7-0
Northwestern 6-0
Concordia 6-2
Hastings 5-2
Doane 5-2
Dakota Wesleyan 4-3
Briar Cliff 4-4
Mount Marty 2-5
Dordt 2-5
Midland Lutheran 2-5
Dana 1-6
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-6
Sioux Falls 1-6

Dordt's Current Record: 7-9 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-10 (1-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 41 31 72
Nebraska Wesleyan 27 12 39
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Amber Soodsma 8
Kelsie De Nooy 8
Team Total: 48
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Katy Golden 9
Ashley Bordovsky 6
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 15
Amber Soodsma 14
Kate Du Mez 12
Kara Karlsgodt 9
Team Total: 72
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Devan Aschtgen 9
Katy Golden 7
Team Total: 39
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/66 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 0/1 0%
Free Throws: 10/14 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 12/57 21%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/10 30%
Free Throws: 12/17 71%

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