Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

January 17, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team won their fourth game in a row and eighth of their last ten with a 69-61 win over the Sioux Falls Cougars in Great Plains Athletic Conference play Saturday in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Defenders avenged a seven point loss from early December and moved to above .500 for both the season and in the GPAC with the win.

Dordt took the lead for good in the first half on a McKinzie Schmidt basket with 17:42 left in the half to make it 6-5 and the Defenders gradually pulled away to a 13-5 lead. Sioux Falls trimmed the lead back to three on a basket by Katie Farley at the 9:14 mark at 18-15 but Dordt rattled off six in a row, capping the run wtih a three-point play by Kate Du Mez at the 7:47 mark. The Defenders blew the lead up to 40-27 on a Julia De Koekkoek three-point basket and went into the locker room up 40-30.

Dordt maintained the double digit lead up to the 12:05 mark after Sioux Falls initially made a three-pointer to open the scoring in the second half. The Defenders threatened to blow the game open with a Du Mez layup for a 54-40 lead but the Cougars came back slicing the lead all the way to five points at 64-59 with :47 left but could get no closer than four at the :37 mark. Dordt scored the final four points of the game on free throws to seal their fifth win of the conference season.

Dordt was 23-62 from the floor and 21-33 on free throws while Sioux Falls made 20-67 and was 10-24 on three-pointers. Sioux Falls didn't get to the free throw line as much, converting 11-14. Dordt outrebounded the Cougars 49-44 and turned the ball over 14 times to Dordt's 17.

Kelsie De Nooy had 23 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor and she grabbed eight rebounds. McKinzie Schmidt had 14 points and seven rebounds while Kate Du Mez had 15 points, four rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 36 minutes of action. Amber Soodsma chipped in with 10 and McKinzie Schmidt had 14 points and seven rebounds. Soodsma also got to nine rebounds and had three assists. Bre Schneidermann swatted away eight blocked shots.

"We did a great job of coming out and getting a good start," said Craig Stiemsma, Dordt College coach. "Our defense was pretty good. We knew Sioux Falls would shoot the three and they did. Kate (Du Mez) did a great job of running the point. McKinzie (Schmidt) hit some shots and Kelsie De Nooy did it inside and outside. This game was as tough as we anticipated."

Sioux Falls was paced by Jamey Hofer with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Dominique Schuler had 15 points and eight rebounds with all of her points coming on 5-7 shooting from the three-point line.

Dordt is 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the GPAC while Sioux Falls goes to 12-8 and 4-5. Dordt is scheduled to go on the road and face #1 ranked and undefeated Morningside on Wednesday night in Sioux City, Iowa.

GPAC Scores:
Dana College 64, Midland Lutheran College 57
Morningside College 75, Hastings College 59
Concordia University 84, Mount Marty College 71
Dordt College 69, University of Sioux Falls 61
Doane College 77, Briar Cliff University 70 (OT)

GPAC Standings Through January 17 games:

Morningside 9-0
Northwestern 7-1
Doane 6-3
Concordia 6-3
Mount Marty 5-3
Dordt 5-4
Hastings 4-5
Sioux Falls 4-5
Briar Cliff 4-6
Dana 3-6
Dakota Wesleyan 2-6
Midland Lutheran 2-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-7

Dordt's Current Record: 10-9 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 29 69
Sioux Falls 30 31 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 9
Kelsie De Nooy 8
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Bre Schneidermann 7
Team Total: 49
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jamey Hofer 11
Dominique Schuler 8
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 23
Kate Du Mez 15
McKinzie Schmidt 14
Amber Soodsma 10
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jamey Hofer 18
Dominique Schuler 15
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/62 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 21/33 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/67 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/24 42%
Free Throws: 11/14 79%

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