Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Doane

December 13, 2008

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Today the Dordt women rebounded from a loss to USF earlier in the week to knock off the #13 ranked NAIA Divsion II Doane Tigers by a score of 76-69 to improve their record to 4-8 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

Dordt led by as many as 10 in the first half at the 13:27 mark but the Doane Tigers battled back to take a 2 point half time lead. "Defensively the end of the first half was disappointing, we let them back in the game," said Coach Stiemsa.

Doane increased their lead to 5 in the second half with 16 minutes remaining in the contest. Dordt would tie the game at the 15:25 mark and increased their lead to 7 at 53-46 with 13 minutes to go. Doane would then rattle off the next 11 points to take a 4 point point lead at 57-53 with 9:11 to go.

Dordt retook the lead at the 4:39 mark at 64-63 and would never trail in the game again, extending their lead to as many as 8 and never fewer than 4.

"We had great shot selection in the second half and were solid from the free throw line down the stretch," said Stiemsma. The Defenders went 10-12 from the charity stripe in the second half.

Dordt was paced by senior Kelsie DeNooy's double double as she finished the night with 25 points and 14 rebounds. DeNooy shot 75% (8-12) from the floor, going 1 for 1 from 3 point range and she shot 8-9 (89%) from the free-throw line. "Kelsie lead us in effort performance and points, she showed great senior leadership and was all over the place tonight," said Stiemsma. "Our team did a good job of staying out of foul trouble and we got off to a good start tonight and put some doubt in Doane's mind."

Amber Soodsma had 18 for Dordt along with 4 rebounds while Kate DuMez finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, along with one blocked shot. McKinzie Schmidt rounded out the double digit scorers with 10 to go along with her 9 rebounds.

Dordt held a big rebounding edge in the contest as they collected 46 boards to Doane's 33 and the Defenders held Doane to only 6 offensive rebounds.

Doane goes to 9-4 overall and falls to 2-2 in conference play. The Tigers were lead by Vanessa Munter who had 16 points on the night shooting 7-12 from the floor and 2-2 from the line.

Dordt will now enjoy over 2 weeks of rest as they will next play on December 30, 2008 at 2:00 pm in Orange City when they meet Northwestern from Minnesota.

Other GPAC Women's Basketball Scores:
Briar Cliff 104 Midland Lutheran 81
Northwestern 81 Mount Marty 59
Morningside 92 Dana 65
Sioux Falls 66 Hastings 64
Buena Vista University 77 Nebraska Wesleyan 67

Dordt's Current Record: 4-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-4 (2-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 35 41 76
Doane 37 32 69
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 14
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Bre Schneidermann 7
Kate Du Mez 5
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Fox, Amy 6
Anderson, Nicole 6
Daily, Ashley 4
Lurz, Brittany 4
Team Total: 33
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 25
Amber Soodsma 18
Kate Du Mez 11
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Team Total: 76
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Munter, Vanessa 16
Anderson, Lindsay 14
Fox, Amy 13
Ortmeier, Kristine 8
Team Total: 69
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/64 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/8 50%
Free Throws: 16/22 73%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/61 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 9/16 56%

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