Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Concordia (NE)

February 16, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team took a win over #10 ranked Concordia Saturday afternoon at the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center for their fifth win of the conference season, winning the contest by a final of 80-72.

The Defenders pulled away from an 11-11 tie wtih 12:48 left in the first half to forge a 20-15 lead, never giving the advantage up the entire game.

Dordt went into the lockerroom up 42-29 when McKinzie Schmidt put the Defenders up with :40 left on a jumper off an assist by Kara Karlsgodt. Concordia scored the first two points of the second half but the Defenders had an answer with Kate Du Mez drilling back to back threes and McKinzie Schmidt banged home another jumper for a 50-31 lead with 18:07 left in the game. While the Defenders were scoring points they were also accumulating fouls and the Bulldogs began to erode the lead, getting to within eight with 3:36 left in the game, using foul shots to put the pressure on. In the meantime, the Defenders also lost Bre Schneidermann, Kate Du Mez, McKinzie Schmidt and Kelsie De Nooy to fouls, but managed to cling to the lead and send Concordia home with their fifth loss of the season--all within the league.

Dordt made 26-61 shots for 42.6 percent and were 3-7 on three-pointers and 25-39 on free throws. Concordia was 18-60 from the floor and 5-21 on three-pointers while also going 31-44 from the free throw line. Concordia was able to outrebound Dordt 47-43 and Dordt committed fewer turnovers than the Bulldogs 17-21.

Dordt was led by McKinzie Schmidt's 21 points on 9-18 shooting while Kate Du Mez added 15 points with five assists. Schmidt also had seve rebounds. Schneidermann had 11 points and five rebounds with two blocked shots and Amber Soodsma added ten points and eight rebounds. Kara Karlsgodt got nine points, eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals in 34 minutes of play and was one of two starters still on the floor at the end of the game.

Dordt is 10-15 overall and 5-11 in the conference while Concordia slips to 23-5 and 12-5. Dordt travels to Briar Cliff on Wednesday.

GPAC Scores
Mount Marty def. Midland Lutheran 83-61
Dordt def. Concordia 80-72
Dakota Wesleyan def. Briar Cliff 74-54
Northwestern def. Doane 84-76
Sioux Falls def. Nebraska Wesleyan 87-74
Morningside def. Dana 115-61

GPAC Standings
Northwestern 16-0
Morningside 16-0
Hastings 13-3
Concordia 12-5
Doane 9-7
Mount Marty 9-7
Dakota Wesleyan 9-8
Dordt 5-11
Briar Cliff 5-11
Sioux Falls 5-11
Dana 4-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-14
Midland Lutheran 1-16

Dordt's Current Record: 10-15 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-5 (12-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 42 38 80
Concordia (NE) 29 43 72
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Karlsgodt 8
Amber Soodsma 8
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Kelsie De Nooy 7
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Liz Bauer 8
Jenni Lovegrove 7
Libby Hirssig 7
Amber Quinn 6
Team Total: 47
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 21
Kate Du Mez 15
Bre Schneidermann 11
Amber Soodsma 10
Team Total: 80
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Whitney Stichka 21
Melissa Tinkham 16
Libby Hirssig 9
Jenni Lovegrove 8
Team Total: 72
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/61 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/7 43%
Free Throws: 25/39 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/60 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/21 24%
Free Throws: 31/44 70%

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