Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside-GPAC Quarterfinals

February 28, 2008

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(Sioux City, Iowa) The Morningside Mustangs fought off an upset minded Dordt College women's basketball team on Thursday night in the quarterfinal round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament in Sioux City. The Defenders were unable to hold an 18 point lead in the second half and lost in overtime to the Mustangs by a 77-70 count. Morningside advances on in tournament play while Dordt's season ends.

The Defenders were the aggressor for most of the night, taking an early 9-5 lead iwth 15:08 left in the first half on a Kara Karlgsodt basket. Monrningside seemed to have things under control minutes later when they went on an 9-0 run to lead 14-9 with 12:04 left in the half on a layup by Alisha Willey. The Mustangs pushed the lead to six before Dordt started to cut away taking the lead back at 20-19 on another Karlsgodt basket and continued the run to 26-19 with 4:50 left on an Amber Soodsma basket. The basket completed a 13-0 run for the Defenders that got them in control of the game, sending them into the lockerroom with a 38-26 advantage.

The Defenders continued to have success in the second half with a variety of players hitting on offense. Back to back buckets by Amber Soodsma made it 50-34 with 15:28 left and Dordt took their biggest lead of the game at 60-42 with 12:06 remaining in the game on a Kate Du Mez basket. The lead would erode from there. Dordt still managed an 11 point lead at 62-51 with 5:06 left on a pair of Kara Karlsgodt free throws but the Mustangs came charging back with a seven point run to bring it to 62-58 with 2:05 left in the game. Amber Soodsma stopped the Mustang run momentarily with a basket at the 1:43 mark but the tide had turned and Morningside scored the final six points of regulation, getting free throw by Dani Gass with :16 left to tie it. Amber Soodsma had a shot at the end of regulation that was off the mark and the teams went to overtime tied 64-64.

Dordt took the early lead in the overtime with Karlsgodt making two free throws but a Autumn Bartel basket knotted it at 66 and she converted the free throw for the old fashioned three-point play. Du Mez scored a bucket with 1:54 left for a 68-67 lead with 1:54 left. A JJ Hall gave Morningside the lead but Bre Schneidermann made a free throw with 1:12 left. The back breaker came when Kristi Tighe made a three-pointer with :56 left to extend the lead to 72-69 and Dordt would get no closer than four in dropping the 77-70 final.

Dordt was 24-64 from the floor for 37.5 percent while making 4-13 three pointers and 18-22 free throws. Morningside was 28-63 from the floor for 44.4 percent and 7-23 on three-pointers and 14-24 on free throws. Morningside held a 42-40 rebounding edge and turned the ball over 17 times to Dordt's 14.

Kara Karlsgodt concluded her college career with an 18 point night while Kate Du Mez had 14 points and Kelsie De Nooy 12 points and 13 rebounds. McKinzie Schmidt ended with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Amber Soodsma had ten points. Du Mez handed out six assists and had five steals.

Morningside was led by Autumn Bartel with 25 while Dani Gass had 13 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and two steals. JJ Hall and Kristi Tighe each had 14 points.

Dordt concludes their season with a 12-17 mark while Morningside is 29-2 heading into the semifinals.

GPAC quarterfinal scores:
GPAC Women's Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 28
Morningside 77, Dordt 70 (OT)
Mount Marty 68, Concordia 58
Northwestern 80,Doane 70
Hastings 77, Dakota Wesleyan 51

GPAC Women’s Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
#5 Mount Marty (19-10) at #1 Morningside (29-2), 2:00 PM
#3 Hastings (27-4), #2 Northwestern (28-2), 2:00 PM

Dordt's Current Record: 12-17 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 29-2 (18-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 38 26 6 70
Morningside-GPAC Quarterfinals 26 38 13 77
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 13
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Kara Karlsgodt 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Dani Gass 15
Alisha Willey 5
JJ Hall 5
Roni Miller 5
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Karlsgodt 18
Kate Du Mez 14
Kelsie De Nooy 12
Amber Soodsma 10
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Autumn Bartel 25
Kristi Tighe 14
JJ Hall 14
Dani Gass 13
Team Total: 77
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/64 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/13 31%
Free Throws: 18/22 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/63 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/23 30%
Free Throws: 14/24 58%

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