Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dana

December 6, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team scored a come from behind win over the Dana Vikings in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in the De Witt Gym in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Defenders overcame a 10-point, second half deficit, to claim their first win in conference play.

Dordt was the agressor early on, but had little to show for it, falling behind 6-5 at the 17:48 mark. The visitors from Blair extended the lead to 17-12 on a pair of free throws by Kayla Hofstetter and eventually got up by a 21-12 margin with 9:35 left in the half on an 8-0 run. The Defenders answered with an eight point run to cut the margin to 21-20 on a Kate Du Mez free throw with 6:02 remaining in the half. Dordt eventually tied the game at 23 and took the lead on an Amber Soodsma jump shot at 25-23. The lead was short lived with Dana taking a five point lead into the locker room on a Tricia Trotter field goal with :04 left in the half.

Dordt lost ground in the second half and with 11:33 left in the game was down 51-41. Dordt was also in foul trouble with four regulars accumulating four fouls each. At that point Dordt coach Craig Stiemsma could protect those players no more.

"We decided we were either going to lose with them fouling out or make a run with them. We couldn't keep them on the bench," said Stiemsma.

Dordt started the run with a Kelsie De Nooy jumper and Julia De Koekkoek followed with a pair of free throws. Bre Schneidermann banged home a couple of free throws with 9:16 left to make it four. De Koekkoek eventually tied it with a three-pointer at the 6:18 mark 56-56. Dordt's first lead of the second half came at the 60-59 mark with a pair of foul shots by De Nooy with 3:44. The Defender lead was three at 64-61 on Du Mez free throw with 1:51 left and the Defenders held on to win 69-66 when Tricia Trotter's three point shot missed at the buzzer.

Dordt was 22-53 from the floor and 23-38 at the free throw line. Dana made 23-58 field goals but was just 1-15 on three-pointers. Dordt lost the rebounding battle 47-36.

Du Mez had 17 points and two assists with two steals. Julia De Koekkoek had 16 and Kelsie De Nooy added 12 points with seven steals. Bre Schneidermann had nine rebounds to lead the Defenders with three blocks and McKinzie Schmidt grabbed seven.

Tricia Trotter had 15 for the Vikings and Amanda Bryant added 12 with ten rebounds--a game high total.

Dordt is now 1-2 in the league and 3-7 overall while Dana is 6-5 and 1-2. Dordt travels to Sioux Falls on Wednesday, December 10 for a 6:00 game.

Other GPAC scores:

Morningside College 80, Concordia University 59
Doane College 79, Dakota Wesleyan University 73
Dordt College 69, Dana College 66
University of Sioux Falls 97, York College 45
Mount Marty College 83, Hastings College 62
Briar Cliff University 70, Nebraska Wesleyan University 55
Northwestern College 74, Midland Lutheran College 63

Dordt's Current Record: 3-7 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-5 (1-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 40 69
Dana 34 32 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 9
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Kelsie De Nooy 4
Julia DeKoekkoek 4
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Amanda Bryant 10
Megan Finn 7
Erin Bazata 6
Team Total: 47
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 17
Julia DeKoekkoek 16
Kelsie De Nooy 12
Amber Soodsma 8
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Tricia Trotter 15
Amanda Bryant 12
Chelsey Zimmerman 11
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/53 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/6 33%
Free Throws: 23/38 61%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/58 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/15 7%
Free Throws: 19/29 66%

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