Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 23, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team lost an 80-60 decision at the hands of the #3 ranked Morningside Mustangs on Wednesday night in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Defenders never led in the game, but kept it close in the first half, trailing by one 16-15 with 13:24 left in the half on a Betsy Van't Hul layup. Dordt would keep it at one with a basket by Kara Karlsgodt at the 10:49 mark but Morningside held Dordt without a point for nearly six minutes, building a 26-17 lead before the Defenders got on the board on a McKinzie Schmidt jumper with 4:54 left. The Defenders went into half down 34-24.

Karlsgodt opened the scoring in the second half to cut the lead to eight but the Defenders got no closer as Morningside went on a run to go up 50-29 and were never challenged the rest of the game.

Dordt was led by Kelsie De Nooy with 17 points and five rebounds while McKinzie Schmidt added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Kate Du Mez scored nine and had four assists and four steals before fouling out. Dordt made 23-67 shots for 34.3 percent and Morningside made 27-58 for 46.6 percent and converted 7-12 three-pointers in the second half.

Dordt outrebounded the Mustangs 40-39 and Dordt committed 18 turnovers to 20 turnovers for the Mustangs.

Morningside was led by Autumn Bartel with 14 points while Dani Gass had 13 and JJ Hall 11. Gass also had eith rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals.

Dordt is now 7-12 overall and 2-8 in the conference while Morningside stays perfect in the league with a 10-0 mark and are 20-2 overall. Morningside hasn't lost since mid-November.

GPAC scores from Wednesday night.
Morningside def. Dordt 80-60
Northwestern def. Mount Marty 85-77
Dakota Wesleyan def. Briar Cliff 65-58
Nebraska Wesleyan def. Midland Lutheran 53-47

GPAC Standings
Morningside 10-0
Northwestern 9-0
Concordia 9-2
Hastings 7-3
Doane 7-3
Dakota Wesleyan 7-4
Briar Cliff 4-7
Mount Marty 2-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-7
Sioux Falls 2-7
Dordt 2-8
Dana 2-8
Midland Lutheran 2-9

Dordt's Current Record: 7-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 20-2 (10-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 24 36 60
Morningside 34 46 80
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Kara Karlsgodt 8
Amber Soodsma 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Roni Miller 8
Dani Gass 8
Autumn Bartel 6
Kim Hassler 5
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 17
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Kate Du Mez 9
Team Total: 60
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Autumn Bartel 14
Dani Gass 13
JJ Hall 11
Leslie Foral 10
Team Total: 80
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/67 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/7 29%
Free Throws: 12/18 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/58 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/24 46%
Free Throws: 15/18 83%

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