Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

February 20, 2008

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team kept their hopes for an eighth place finish in the Great Plains Athletic Conference alive on Wednesday night, February 20 with a come from behind 51-50 win over the Briar Cliff Chargers at Sioux City. The Defenders scored the victory for their sixth win of the conference season and swept the regular season series with the Chargers in the process--their second win over the Sioux City school in February.

Dordt started slowly and trailed the hot shooting Briar Cliff squad by a 20-8 margin after a Cat Nelson three-pointer with 13:43 remaining in the half, capping a 13-0 run over a four minute span. The two teams fought through a scoreless three minute span before Kate Du Mez hit a two pointer to end the run but the Chargers responded with a three-pointer by Jamee Phipps to make it 23-10 near the midpoint of the half. Dordt proceeded to steadily cut the lead down and got the lead down to 29-24 with less than a minute left in the half and the visitors had the ball. An unlikely turnover with less than :10 left gave Briar Cliff the ball after Amber Soodsma's dribble came off a foot and bounced towards the Briar Cliff basket and Kelsie Karkosh got a pass and went in for a lay-in as time expired for a 31-24 halftime score.

After a basket by Kelsie De Nooy for Dordt and a pair of free throws by Briar Cliff opened the second half scoring the Defenders went on a 9-0 run with two baskets by De Nooy and a three-point hoop and a two-point hoop by Amber Soodsma. A three-point basket by Kayla Boyd gave Briar Cliff a lead the hosts would build to 41-37 with 11:40 left in the game.

McKinzie Schmidt responded with back to back baskets for the Defenders and De Nooy followed up with two made baskets to cap an 8-0 run and give Dordt a four point lead at 45-41 with just over nine minutes remaining. Briar Cliff made one more charge to take the lead at 46-45 on a Tana Colt jumper off a cut to the basket with 7:28 left but the Chargers would not lead again. An Amber Soodsma baseline shot ended a near three-minute drought for both teams with 4:33 left and a Kara Karlsgodt basket made it 49-46 with 2:50 remaining. Phipps made one more three-pointer for Briar Cliff--this one to tie it at 2:26 remaining 49-49. After a missed Bre Schneidermann shot the Chargers turned the ball over and Dordt cashed in with De Nooy scoring on a broken play for a 51-49 advantage with 1:03 left. Briar Cliff had one more chance when Jamee Phipps was sent to the free throw line after getting fouled on a shot with little time on the shot clock but could only make one of two. Dordt missed a chance to seal the game with free throws but a Briar Cliff three-pointer with time running out was short by Cat Anderson and the Defenders had their 11th win of the season. Anderson was injured on the final play.

Dordt made 24-60 shots from the floor for 40 percent while converting 2-5 three-pointers and just 1-5 free throws. Briar Cliff was 19-52 from the floor for 36.5 percent and were 8-19 on three-pointers and 4-7 on free throws. Dordt committed 12 turnovers to Briar Cliff's 21 and both teams had 36 rebounds.

Dordt was led by Kelsie De Nooy's 17 points and Kara Karlsgodt was credited with 11 points and Kate Du Mez 10 with seven assists and two steals. Amber Soodsma had seven points--all in the second half and grabbed a team high eigh rebounds with three steals. Bre Schneidermann snared five rebounds in a reserve role.

The Chargers were led by Jamee Phipps with 11 points and Cat Nelson grabbed 11 rebounds with eight points.

Dordt is now 11-15 overall and 6-11 heading into the season finale while Briar Cliff falls to 11-18 overall and 5-12 in the league. Dordt will face Morningside on the road on Saturday while the Chargers travel to Northwestern for their final game.

GPAC Scores
Dordt def. Briar Cliff 51-50
Morningside def. Northwestern 88-86
Mount Marty def. Sioux Falls 69-51
Hastings def. Doane 75-61

GPAC Standings
Morningside 17-0
Northwestern 16-1
Hastings 15-3
Concordia 12-5
Mount Marty 10-7
Doane 9-8
Dakota Wesleyan 9-8
Dordt 6-11
Sioux Falls 5-12
Briar Cliff 5-12
Dana 4-13
Dana 4-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-15
Midland Lutheran 2-16

Dordt's Current Record: 11-15 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-18 (5-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 24 27 51
Briar Cliff 31 19 50
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 8
Kate Du Mez 7
Kelsie De Nooy 6
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Cat Nelson 11
Jamee Phipps 6
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 17
Kara Karlsgodt 11
Kate Du Mez 10
Team Total: 51
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jamee Phipps 11
Cat Nelson 8
Kelsi Karkosh 8
Team Total: 50
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/60 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/5 40%
Free Throws: 1/5 20%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/52 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/19 42%
Free Throws: 4/7 57%

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