Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 16, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women lost a 66-53 decision at the hands of the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Wednesday night in Sioux Center.

The Defenders and Tigers traded buckets to the 17-17 mark with 6:28 left to go in the half, marking the 9th tie of the contest on a Kara Karlsgodt field goal. Wesleyan proceeded to score the next eight points over the next four minutes to establish a lead the Defenders would never seriously dent. Dordt ended the run on a Bre Schneidermann field goal with 2:05 left in the half but the Tigers had the momentum and pushed into the locker room with a 31-21 halftime lead.

Wesleyan maintained the double-digit lead most of the second half with Dordt making their best run at the Tigers with 9:32 left when they cut the gap down to 41-36 on a shot by McKinzie Schmidt. Wesleyan opened up to ten again by outscoring the Defenders 7-2 over the next two minutes and Dordt's final charge ended with 1:19 left when they cut the difference to 57-51 on a three-pointer by Amber Soodsma. Wesleyan than closed the game on a 9-2 run to get the 13 point win and the regular season sweep over the Defenders.

Dordt made 21-63 shots from the floor for 33.3 percent and converted 2-10 three pointers along with 9-14 free throws. Wesleyan was 22-58 from the floor for 37.9 percent but were held to 1-13 shooting from the three-point line but made up for it with a 21-29 night at the free throw line. Wesleyan converted 16-21 free throws in the second half with most of those coming in the final ten minutes.

Dordt's McKinzie Schmidt led all scorers with 14 points while Noelle Kreykes came off the bench to score 12. Amber Soodsma ended with ten points and Bre Schneidermann had six points to go with ten rebounds and five blocked shots. Schmidt also had seve rebounds and Soodma six and Du Mez handed out five assists.

Wesleyan got 11 points off the bench from Angela Noteboom and Ashley Johnson, Sarah Mortenson and Adria Pazour all had ten points. Noteboom also had 10 rebounds to complement her 5-7 shooting from the floor.

Dordt is now 7-10 overall and 2-6 in the GPAC while Wesleyan improves to 11-10 overall and 5-4 in the league. Dordt will travel to the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday to play a 2:00 game with the Cougars.

GPAC scores from Wednesday night:
Morningside 77, Sioux Falls 48
Northwestern 80, Briar Cliff 70
Dakota Wesleyan 66, Dordt 53
Concordia 62, Midland Lutheran 60
Doane 65, Dana 62

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 8-0
Northwestern 7-0
Concordia 7-2
Hastings 6-2
Doane 6-2
Dakota Wesleyan 5-4
Briar Cliff 4-5
Mount Marty 2-5
Dordt 2-6
Midland Lutheran 2-6
Dana 1-7
Sioux Falls 1-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-6

Dordt's Current Record: 7-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-10 (5-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 21 32 53
Dakota Wesleyan 31 35 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 10
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Amber Soodsma 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Angela Noteboom 10
Abby Hemmer 7
Adria Pazour 5
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 14
Noelle Kreykes 12
Amber Soodsma 10
Bre Schneidermann 6
Team Total: 53
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Angela Noteboom 11
Adria Pazour 10
Ashley Johnson 10
Sarah Mortenson 10
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/63 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 9/14 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/58 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/13 8%
Free Throws: 21/29 72%

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