Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

January 10, 2009

Game Media

(Lincoln, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team overcame an early double-digit deficit on Saturday afternoon at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Nebraska to take a 57-44 win over the Prairie Wolves in Great Plains Athletic Conference action.

Starting sluggishly, the Defenders found themselves down 20-9 with 9:30 left to go in the first half. The Defenders used their second timeout of the game and responded by going on a 15 point run to take a lead they never gave up. A three-point basket by Julia De Koekkoek drew Dordt to within 20-19 with 6:07 left in the half and gained the lead on a basket by Amber Soodsma to make it 21-20. Up 24-20, the Defender surrendered three points in a row but stemmed the Wesleyan momentum with a Kate Du Mez three-pointer at the buzzer for a 27-23 halftime lead.

"We started slowly and had to make a change on defense," said Dordt coach Craig Stiemsma. "We moved Amber to the post player that was hurting us. That takes away a good perimeter defender but we had to do it with McKinzie Schmidt not availabe. We had to make a change and it worked. We played a pretty good stretch of defense. At one point we were on a 30-5 run."

Three straight baskets by Dordt to start the second half gave the Defenders a double digit lead. Three different players, Bre Schneidermann, De Koekkoek and Soodsma scored the baskets and the Defenders had their first double digit lead of the game. Dordt pushed the lead all the way to 42-25 near the midpoint of the half and held on for a double-digit lead the rest of the game for the final 13 point win.

Dordt made 23-66 shots from the floor and held their turnover total down to ten. Wesleyan converted 15-49 shots and committed 22 turnovers.

Amber Soodsma scored 16 points and had six rebounds with four steals. Kelsie De Nooy and Julia De Koekkoek each had 11 points with six and five rebounds each. Kate Du Mez had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists and Bre Schneidermann had eight points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

"Kate did a great job of taking care of the ball and distributing it," said Stiemsma.

Wesleyan was paced by Katy Golden's 16 points--12 of which came in the first half and Sadie Struebing had 11.

Dordt is now 8-9 overall and 3-4 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Wesleyan falls to 0-7 in the league and 3-11 overall. Dordt will travel to Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, January 14 for their next game at Mitchell, South Dakota.

Listen to archived audio of Dordt College basketball games including pre-game and post-game interviews at http://www.dordt.edu/athletics/basketball/women/

GPAC Scores from Saturday:
Concordia University 67, University of Sioux Falls 60
Doane 80, Northwestern 72
Dordt College 57, Nebraska Wesleyan University 44
Morningside College 84, Briar Cliff University 67
Mount Marty College 82, Midland Lutheran College 58
Hastings 67, Dakota Wesleyan 49

GPAC Standings (Through games of January 10:
Morningside 7-0
Northwestern 6-1
Mount Marty 5-2
Concordia 5-2
Doane 5-2
Sioux Falls 4-3
Briar Cliff 4-4
Hastings 4-4
Dordt 3-4
Dakota Wesleyan 2-3
Midland Lutheran 1-7
Dana 1-6
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-7

Dordt's Current Record: 8-9 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-11 (0-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 27 30 57
Nebraska Wesleyan 23 21 44
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 8
Kate Du Mez 7
Amber Soodsma 6
Kelsie De Nooy 6
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kelsie Woodard 7
Katy Golden 7
Sadie Struebing 6
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 16
Kelsie De Nooy 11
Julia DeKoekkoek 11
Kate Du Mez 9
Team Total: 57
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Katy Golden 16
Sadie Struebing 11
Ashley Bordovsky 0
Team Total: 44
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/66 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/18 22%
Free Throws: 7/11 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 15/49 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/6 17%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%

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