Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

February 2, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team earned their ninth win of the season with a 69-54 homecourt win over Briar Cliff in Sioux Center on Saturday.

The Defenders trailed twice, once at 7-5 and again at 8-7 but recovered and took the lead for good on a Kara Karlsgodt basket with 15:40 left in the half. Dordt pushed the lead to 38-22 on a free throw by McKinzie Schmidt but the Chargers scored the final eight points of the half, cutting the lead in half.

Dordt was able to maintain a double digit lead most of the second half with Briar Cliff getting to within nine at 56-47 before Amber Soodsma hit a three-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer for a 12 margin and the Defenders were never seriously challenged again in taking the 15 point win.

Dordt was 27-56 from the floor and 3-5 on three-pointers while Briar Cliff was 21-60 from the deck and 5-21 on three's. Dordt held a whopping 49-30 rebounding advantage and turned the ball over just 17 times against constant Briar Cliff pressure.

Kate Du Mez and McKinzie Schmidt each had 15 and Amber Soodsma and Kara Karlsgodt both put in 12 with Kelsie De Nooy knocking down nine. Schmidt led teh team with 17 rebounds and Du Mez had a game high nine assists and six steals.

Briar Cliff was led by Cat Nelson with 14 points while Kayla Boyd added 13 and Jamee Phipps tossed in 11 with six rebounds.

Dordt is now 9-13 overall and 4-9 in the league while Briar Cliff is 10-15 overall and 4-9 in the GPAC. Dordt will play nationally ranked Hastings in their next outing on Saturday, February 9 at 2:00.

GPAC scores:
Sioux Falls 82, Midland Lutheran 65
Morningside 74, Concordia 68
Mount Marty 77, Dana 54
Northwestern 80, Nebraska Wesleyan 39
Dordt 69, Briar Cliff 54
Hastings 72, Dakota Wesleyan 42

GPAC standings
Northwestern 12-0
Morningside 12-0
Concordia 10-3
Hastings 10-3
Doane 8-4
Dakota Wesleyan 7-6
Mount Marty 5-7
Dordt 4-9
Briar Cliff 4-9
Sioux Falls 3-9
Dana 3-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-10
Midland Lutheran 2-12

Dordt's Current Record: 9-13 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-15 (4-9)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 31 69
Briar Cliff 30 24 54
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 17
Kelsie De Nooy 7
Bre Schneidermann 6
Kara Karlsgodt 6
Team Total: 49
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jamee Phipps 6
Samantha Pearson 5
Kayla Boyd 5
Team Total: 30
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 15
McKinzie Schmidt 15
Kara Karlsgodt 12
Amber Soodsma 12
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Cat Nelson 14
Kayla Boyd 13
Jamee Phipps 11
Team Total: 54
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/56 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/5 60%
Free Throws: 12/19 63%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/60 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/21 24%
Free Throws: 7/14 50%

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