Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

January 19, 2008

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team lost an 80-72 Great Plains Athletic Conference tussle at the University of Sioux Falls on Saturday, January 19 in the game that marks the midpoint of the GPAC schedule for the Defenders.

Dordt controlled the first half when the roared away from a 9-8 deficit to take a a 20-10 lead with 10:33 left in the half, capping the surge with Bre Schneidermann knocking down a shot for the ten point lead. Sioux Falls slowly worked their way back into the game at the free throw line, converting 15-18 charity tosses in the first half while Dordt was getting to the free throw line just seven times, making six. Dordt managed to hang on to a 36-33 halftime lead on a Kate Du Mez basket but the sophomore missed the free throw for the three point play.

Dordtled for much of the first ten minutes of the second half, getting the lead up to seven, 51-44 with 13:21 left on a Kara Karlsgodt free throw but the Cougars mounted a charge and got the game evened at 51-51 with 11:34 left and actually took the lead at 54-51 on a Vanessa Smidt three-pointer. Dordt would get the lead back one time the rest of the game at 64-63 on a Du Mez lay-up with a little under six minutes left.

Once again Sioux Falls threatened to pull away with a 70-64 advantage but the Defenders tied the game at 70-70 with 2:40 left on a pair of free throws by Karlsgodt. A nine point run by Sioux Falls effectively ended the run and Sioux Falls won 80-72.

Dordt was 31-65 from the floor for 47.7 percent and made 9-14 free throws. Sioux Falls converted 22-55 for 40 percent and 28-33 from the free throw line. Dordt won the rebounding battle 37-35 but turned the ball over 19 times to 17 for Sioux Falls.

The Defenders got 16 points from Kate Du Mez with five assists and three steals. McKinzie Schmidt aded 14 with 11 rebounds and Kelsie De Nooy had 14 points with four rebounds. Amber Soodsma 11 points and five rebounds with two assists, two blocks and four steals. Bre Schneidermann added eight points with nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

Sioux Falls was paced by Morgan Campbell with 23 points and Chelsa Baxa and Jenna Kraayenbrink added 15 each.

Dordt is now 7-11 overall while Sioux Falls is 6-14. Both teams are 2-7 in GPAC play. Dordt will host nationally ranked Morningside on Wednesday at 6:00.

GPAC Scores
Doane 71 Briar Cliff 66
Dakota Wesleyan 65 Nebraska Wesleyan 54
Sioux Falls 80 Dordt 72
Morningside 71 Hastings 64
Concordia 64 Mount Marty 61
Dana 69 Midland Lutheran 67

GPAC Standings
Morningside 9-0
Northwestern 7-0
Concordia 8-2
Doane 7-2
Hastings 6-3
Dakota Wesleyan 6-4
Briar Cliff 4-6
Mount Marty 2-6
Midland Lutheran 2-7
Dordt 2-7
Sioux Falls 2-7
Dana 2-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-7

Dordt's Current Record: 7-11 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-14 (2-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 36 72
Sioux Falls 33 47 80
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 11
Bre Schneidermann 9
Amber Soodsma 5
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jenna Kraayenbrink 8
Morgan Campbell 6
Katie Farley 6
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 16
Kelsie De Nooy 14
McKinzie Schmidt 14
Amber Soodsma 11
Team Total: 72
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Morgan Campbell 23
Chelsa Baxa 15
Jenna Kraayenbrink 15
Team Total: 80
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/65 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/3 33%
Free Throws: 9/14 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/55 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/21 38%
Free Throws: 28/33 85%

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