Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

December 10, 2008

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) Trailing as many as 17 in the contest, Dordt battled back to get the score down to 4 but could not close the gap losing the GPAC contest tonight 74-67 to the University of Sioux Falls.

With the loss the Defenders fall to 1-3 in conference play and 3-8 overall.

Dordt's Bre Schneidermann and Kelsie DeNooy each picked up two fouls fairly early in the contest and the Defenders trailed with about 8 minutes remaining in the first half by a score of 29-17. Dordt then went on a nine point run to cut the lead to 3 points at 29-26 and the half time score stood at 36-31.

The Cougars started the second half by going on a 5 point run to open the gap to 10 and outscored the Defenders 16-4 to stretch their lead to 35-52. That 17 point lead would be the biggest the Cougars would enjoy on the night as the Dordt women battled back throughout the game and cut the lead all the way down to 4 points at 64-60 and again at 68-64 with just over a minute and a half remaining.

Dordt was unable to make some key free throws that could have cut the lead to two and were never able to tighten the margin down the stretch and the Cougars held on to win.

Dordt held a slight rebounding edge in the tilt with 47 rebounds to the Cougars 45. The Defenders committed 9 turnovers in each half for 18 total while USF had 17 on the night.

"They executed awfully well and have a lot of weapons," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsa after the match. "We really battled...and we won the war on the boards, Bre (Schneidermann) and Kels (Kelsie DeNooy) did a good job inside. We contested shots well in the second half and offensively we attacked the basket well to get back into the game. Amber Soodsma (who lead Dordt in scoring with 17) is a gamer and she certainly gave it everything she had on that sore ankle. There are certainly no breaks in this conference. We had probably our best week of practice prior to tonight's game and the team...in terms of dynamics and cohesion... has been tremendous."

Kate DuMez went over the 700 point career scoring mark in the game as she had 15 on the night to give her 706 career points. DuMez also had 11 assists for the game.

Bre Schneidermann scored 12 and hauled down seven rebounds with a game high five blocked shots. Kelsie De Nooy scored 11 and had a team high nine rebounds before fouling out. McKinzie Schmidt scored eight and had seven boards--five on the offensive end. Dordt made 25-66 shots for 37.9 percent.

Sioux Falls was paced by Becky Christofferson's 19 points on 7-14 shooting which included 4-6 three-point marksmanship. Jamey Hofer added 17 while making all ten of her free throw tries and Chelsa Baxa had 13 points. Sioux Falls made 20-63 shots from the floor and was 7-15 on three-pointers in the first half.

Dordt is 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the conference while Sioux Falls improves to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the league.

Dordt will next play at home on Saturday, December 13 in a GPAC match-up against Doane College with the game to start at 2:00 pm.

GPAC Women's Basketball from December 10
Hastings College 91, Dana College 61
University of Sioux Falls 74, Dordt College 67
Mount Marty College 66, Briar Cliff University 51
Northwestern College 91, Dakota Wesleyan University 81

Dordt's Current Record: 3-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-3 (2-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 36 67
Sioux Falls 36 38 74
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 9
Bre Schneidermann 7
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Kate Du Mez 6
Team Total: 47
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hildreth, Elizabeth 9
Hofer, Jamey 5
Farley, Katie 5
Christofferson, Becky 5
Team Total: 45
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 17
Kate Du Mez 15
Bre Schneidermann 12
Kelsie De Nooy 11
Team Total: 67
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Christofferson, Becky 19
Hofer, Jamey 17
Baxa, Chelsa 13
Blom, Kayla 11
Team Total: 74
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/66 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/8 25%
Free Throws: 15/26 58%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/63 32%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/21 43%
Free Throws: 25/33 76%

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