WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Results

Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside

February 23, 2008

(Sioux City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team lost a difficult 72-70 decision on the road with the Morningside Mustangs on Saturday afternoon, battling the GPAC regular season champion down to the wire before surrendering the final four points of the game as Morningside completed the perfect run through the GPAC 18-game schedule.

The Defenders dug themselves a hole in the early going when they got behind 32-17 with 7:10 left in the first half. The Defenders brought it to a more manageable 37-34 halftime difference at halftime as they closed the half on a 17-5 run, capped by an Amber Soodsma basket in the final minute of the first half. Four different Dordt players scored to seize the momentum going into the half.

Morningside threatened to pull away in the second half and when Kristi Tighe hit a three-pointer with 11:18 left in the game the Mustangs were up 60-48. An Amber Soodsma basket ignited a nine point run for Dordt and Soodsma capped the run with a three-pointer after Kara Karlsgodt made back to back buckets to trim the lead to 60-57 with 9:09 left in the game. The Mustangs weathered the run and built the lead to five again but the Defenders held their ground and eventually battled back to a 65-65 tie on a Kara Karlsgodt basket with 5:26 left in the game. Another Karlsgodt basket tied the game at 68-68 after the teams traded free throws. Dordt took the lead at the 2:15 mark with a baseline drive and the Mustangs responded with Alisha Willey drilling a pair of free throws at the 1:44 mark.

Dordt didn’t convert on their next offensive possession and with 1:04 left Dani Gass made two free throws to unlock the 70-70 tie and gave Morningside their margin of victory. Dordt had two shots to tie it with Soodsma missing a jumper and a Du Mez drive in the closing seconds was off the mark.

Dordt was 28-61 from the floor and 3-8 on three-pointers while making 11-14 free throws. Morningside was 21-51 from the floor and 4-16 on three pointers while taking advantage of 34 trips to the free throw line for 26 makes. Dordt had a 44-28 rebounding advantage and turned the ball over 20 times.

Dordt’s Kara Karlsgodt led all scorers with 22 points and 14 rebounds with two steals. Amber Soodsma had 15 points with five rebounds and Kate Du Mez had 10 points with two assists and five steals. Bre Schneidermann came off the bench to score11 points and Kelsie De Nooy had seven rebounds.

Alisha Willey had 19 points and Dani Gass 16 points with eight assists for the Mustangs who have now won 25 games in a row.

Dordt is 11-16 overall and 6-12 in the conference while Morningside is 28-2 overall and 18-0 in the GPAC. Dordt will host Briar Cliff on Tuesday night in Sioux Center at 7:30. While Morningside is the top seed in the tournament and has a first round bye. If Morningside will play the winner of the Dordt-Briar Cliff game on Thursday night t 5:30.

GPAC scores:
Morningside def. Dordt 72-70
Concordia def. Dana 70-63
Northwestern def. Briar Cliff 95-53
Hastings def. Nebraska Wesleyan 114-40
Mount Marty def. Doane 74-60
Dakota Wesleyan def. Sioux Falls

GPAC Standings
Morningside 18-0
Northwestern 17-1
Hastings 15-3
Concordia 13-5
Mount Marty 11-7
Dakota Wesleyan 10-8
Doane 9-9
Dordt 6-12
Briar Cliff 5-13
Sioux Falls 5-13
Dana 4-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-16
Midland Lutheran 2-16

GPAC Women's First Round – Tuesday, February 26
Records listed as (Overall, GPAC)
#1 Seed – Morningside (28-2, 18-0)
#2 Seed – Northwestern (27-2, 17-1)
#3 Seed – Hastings (26-4, 15-3)
#4 Seed – Concordia (24-5, 13-5)
Game #1 - #9 Briar Cliff (11-19, 5-13) at #8 Dordt (11-16, 6-12) , 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #1
Game #2 - #12 Midland Lutheran (2-26, 2-16) at #5 Mount Marty (17-10, 11-7), 7:30 PM – Winner Plays at #4
Game #3 - #10 Sioux Falls (10-19, 5-13) at #7 Doane (16-12, 9-9), 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #2
Game #4 - #11 Dana (9-21, 4-14) at #6 Dakota Wesleyan (16-14, 10-8), 8:00 PM – Winner Plays at #3

GPAC Women's Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 28
Game #5 - #8 Dordt/#9 Briar Cliff at #1 Morningside, 5:30 PM
Game #6 - #5 Mount Marty/#12 Midland Lutheran at #4 Concordia, 7:30 PM
Game #7 - #7 Doane/#10 Sioux Falls at #2 Northwestern, 5:30 PM
Game #8 - #6 Dakota Wesleyan/#11 Dana at #3 Hastings, 7:30 PM

GPAC Women’s Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
Game #9 - Game #5 Winner vs. Game #6 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA
Game #10 - Game #7 Winner vs. Game #8 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA

GPAC Women's Championship Tuesday, Presented by Rawlings, - Tuesday, March 4
Game #11 - Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed, TBA

Dordt's Current Record: 11-16 (6-12)
Opponent's Current Record: 28-2 (18-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 36 70
Morningside 37 35 72
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Karlsgodt 14
Kelsie De Nooy 7
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Dani Gass 8
Leslie Foral 4
Team Total: 28
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Karlsgodt 22
Amber Soodsma 15
Bre Schneidermann 11
Kate Du Mez 10
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Alisha Willey 19
Dani Gass 16
Team Total: 72
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/61 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/8 38%
Free Throws: 11/14 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/51 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/16 25%
Free Throws: 26/34 76%

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