Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Trinity Christian

December 31, 2008

(Orange City, Iowa) For the second night in a row, the Dordt College women's basketball team took an early lead in the game and never relinquished it, finishing with a dominating 82-46 win over the Trolls of Trinity Christian, winning both of their games in the Pizza Ranch Classic in Orange City.

Dordt now sits at 6-8 overall and 2-3 in conference as they head back into GPAC play on Saturday afternoon against Mount Marty.

The Defenders led by 26 points at half-time as they were paced by three players (Soodsma, DeNooy and DuMez) with 10 points in the opening period. Dordt had a solid first half shooting as they were 52% from the floor including 2 of 4 from behind the arc and 10 of 13 from the charity stripe. The Defenders would finish the evening at 44% from the field and 72% from the free throw line.

Dordt's top scorer on the afternoon was senior forward Kelsie DeNooy who ended with 19 points, 8 rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal, DeNooy was a perfect 9 for 9 from the free-throw line. Julia DeKoekkoek and Amber Soodsma both finished the evening with 13 points, while Kate DuMez's 12 and Bre Schneidermann's 10 points would round out the double digit scorers. All of Dordt's 11 players would end up scoring in the contest.

Bre Schneidermann was a significant presence inside, with 6 blocked shots and 6 rebounds on the afternoon. After the game, Coach Stiemsma comment on how pleased he was with with the defensive intensity that the Defenders exhibited from the very start of the match, "we started with great defensive intensity and we pushed the ball down the floor really well also. Kate (DuMez) had another solid night distributing the ball, McKinzie (Schmidt) rebounded very well, Kelsie (DeNooy) was a solid scorer, Julia (DeKoekkoek) had a very good second half, Amber (Soodsma) shot well and Bre (Schn really play well inside and forced Trinity to have to change the way they play. When we really push the ball in transition we can do really great things."

The Defender women finished the night with only 12 turnovers while forcing the Trolls to give up 20 and Dordt outrebounded the Trinity by a 44-36 margin.

The Trolls were lead in scoring by Emily Thomassen who finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds.

Other scores from GPAC teams today:
Grandview College 57
Dana College 45

Northwestern (IA) 68
Northwestern (MN) 53

Dordt will now focus their attention on Mount Marty as they face the Lancers in a GPAC match-up in Yankton, SD on Saturday, January 3rd at 2:00 pm. The Lancers received 36 votes in the most recent NAIA D2 National Rankings.

Dordt's Current Record: 6-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-13 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 44 38 82
Trinity Christian 18 28 46
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Kelsie De Nooy 8
Bre Schneidermann 6
Bailey Spencer 5
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Deckinga, Tiffany 7
Buter, Emily 6
Thomassen, Emily 5
Buter, Jessica 4
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 19
Julia DeKoekkoek 13
Amber Soodsma 13
Kate Du Mez 12
Team Total: 82
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Thomassen, Emily 14
Iwema, Christine 7
Karr, Laura 5
Buter, Emily 5
Team Total: 46
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 31/70 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/13 15%
Free Throws: 18/25 72%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/62 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/13 8%
Free Throws: 7/11 64%

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