Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

January 24, 2009

(Sioux City, Iowa) Twice this week the Dordt women have travelled to Sioux City for basketball games and twice they have returned home with a loss in a tightly contested ball game. The Defenders fell to Briar Cliff 75-72 this afternoon and drop to 10-11 overall and 5-6 in GPAC play.

In a game Coach Stiemsma described as "a battle" neither team created any significant scoring gaps and the contest featured 9 ties and the largest lead of the game was a 7 point Dordt lead with 14:04 remaining in the first half and again with 11:58 remaining. Briar Cliff held a 5 point lead once near the end of the first half and again near the beginning of the 2nd half but the over the last 18 minutes of the game neither team ever held a lead greater than 4 points.

The teams were deadlocked at 61 with 4:33 remaining in the ball game when Briar Cliff's Liz Grider scored on a jumper giving BCU a narrow lead which they did not relinquish. Down 3 with nine seconds to go Dordt's McKinzie Schmidt fired a 3 ball that would not go down but the rebound game out to Kate DuMez who tossed up another 3 that kicked off the heel of the rim with :03 remaining, securing the GPAC win for the Chargers.

One of the key factors in the Dordt loss was the great disparity in the number of times each team went to the free throw line. Briar Cliff made 35 trips to the charity stripe, converting 25 times while Dordt went to the line only 15 times, making 9. Dordt outshot the Chargers from the floor 48% to 38% and Dordt also narrowly outrebounded BCU 42-39. Unfortunately for Dordt, 18 of Briar Cliff's 39 rebounds were on the offensive end of the floor which gave the Chargers numerous opportunities at second chance baskets. The Defenders also committed 22 turnovers while the Chargers only coughed up the ball 13 times.

"It was an even game," said Coach Stiemsma, "both teams came in to the ball game really struggling to get a win and we really battled and fought hard. We had a few too many turnovers and gave up 18 offensive rebounds, which both hurt us. I thought Amber (Soodsma) did a good job on Grider, holding her to 8 of 22 from the floor, yet Grider still gets 25 points, 6 assists and 12 rebounds. After having only played one home game in the last 42 days we are eager to be back at home on Wednesday."

Dordt was led by Kelsie DeNooy who finished with 23 points while Kate DuMez had 18 points to go with 4 assists and 4 rebounds. Amber Soodsma finished with 13 and 10 rebounds for the double double and Bre Schnidermann also had 10 rebounds to go with her 8 points.

The Chargers were paced by Christa Stewart who had a game-high 26 points while Liz Grider dropped in 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.

Other GPAC Scores:
Concordia at 65
Morningside 84

Sioux Falls at 51
Midland Lutheran 47

Northwestern at 68
Nebraska Wesleyan 55

Mount Marty at 85
Dana 70

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 11-0
Northwestern 9-1
Concordia 7-4
Doane 6-4
Mount Marty 6-4
Hastings 5-5
Sioux Falls 5-5
Dordt 5-6
Briar Cliff 5-7
Dakota Wesleyan 4-6
Dana 3-8
Midland Lutheran 2-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-9

Dordt will play a GPAC conference home game on Wednesday, January 28 when they face Northwestern College in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center at 6:00 pm.

Listen to archived broadcasts and post-game interviews at http://www.dordt.edu/athletics/

Dordt's Current Record: 10-11 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 12-12 (5-7)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 34 72
Briar Cliff 41 34 75
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 10
Amber Soodsma 10
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Kate Du Mez 4
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Grider, Liz 12
Determan, Michelle 5
Phipps, Jamee 4
Stewart, Christa 4
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 23
Kate Du Mez 18
Amber Soodsma 13
Bre Schneidermann 8
Team Total: 72
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Stewart, Christa 26
Grider, Liz 25
Determan, Michelle 7
Phipps, Jamee 6
Team Total: 75
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/62 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/12 25%
Free Throws: 9/15 60%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/63 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/10 20%
Free Throws: 25/35 71%

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