Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 14, 2009

(Mitchell, South Dakota) In spite of the frigid temperatures outside the Dordt women got off to a hot start outscoring Dakota Wesleyan 16-0 in the first seven plus minutes of action and held on to beat the Tigers by a score of 66-55 in a GPAC contest this evening at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.

The win puts the Defenders at .500 in both Great Plains Athletic Conference play with a 4-4 mark and an overall record of 9-9.

The Defenders scored the first 16 points of the game and did not give up a field goal to the Tigers until the 10:47 mark when Jessica Deinart hit a 3 pointer. Amber Soodsma had a great first half, scoring 10 points and Dordt led by as many as 17 points in the half, going 4-4 from 3 point range to end the session up 8 points at 33-25.

The Tigers cut the lead to 5 points on four separate occasions, including a 5 point deficit with 3:33 remaining in the game. Dordt would respond with a pair of DeNooy free throws to extend the lead back to seven. McKinzie Schmidt blocked the next Dakota Wesleyan shot and Kate DuMez was subsequently fouled and made both of her free throws to put the lead at 9 points. A DeNooy free throw with 1:34 remaining put the margin to 10 and the game out of reach for the Tigers.

"We were very pleased at our great start in the game and we really played solid defense. They made a nice run near the end of the half with 9 straight points and Kate's (DuMez) basket to end the half was key for us to take away some momentum, as was a quick start in the second half to take control of the game," said Coach Stiemsma. "We are starting to play well and together. There are no easy ones in the GPAC and now we need to get prepared for USF...so we can try to get above the .500 mark."

Kate DuMez (Junior, Brookfield, WI) led the Defenders with 18 points and also pulled down 9 rebounds, dished out 6 assists and had 4 steals on the evening. McKinzie Schmidt finished the night with a team high 10 rebounds to go along with her seven points. Kelsie DeNooy finished with 16 points and Amber Soodsma and McKinzie Schmidt had 12 each.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Allison Johnson with 15 points to go along with 2 steals and 2 rebounds.

Other GPAC scores today:
Northwestern 78
Briar Cliff 71

Morningside 91
Sioux Falls 73

Women's Basketball Standings
Morningside 8-0
Northwestern 7-1
Mount Marty 5-2
Doane 5-3
Concordia 5-3
Sioux Falls 4-4
Hastings 4-4
Dordt 4-4
Briar Cliff 4-5
Dakota Wesleyan 2-6
Dana 2-6
Midland Lutheran 2-7
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-7

The Dordt women will be at home on Saturday, January 17 as they play host to the University of Sioux Falls in a GPAC game scheduled to start at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-9 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-11 (2-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 33 66
Dakota Wesleyan 25 30 55
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Kate Du Mez 9
Amber Soodsma 6
Kelsie De Nooy 6
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Maggie Malloy 10
Sarah Mortenson 6
Angela Noteboom 5
Ashley Johnson 5
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 18
Kelsie De Nooy 16
Julia DeKoekkoek 12
Amber Soodsma 12
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Allison Johnson 15
Maggie Malloy 11
Ashley Johnson 8
Ashley Mailey 6
Team Total: 55
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/48 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/7 71%
Free Throws: 21/32 66%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/61 28%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/22 27%
Free Throws: 15/29 52%

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