Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 28, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt women played much better in the second round of the battle between the two Sioux County schools yet fell to the Northwestern Red Raiders again, this time by a score of 81-74. In the first contest between the two schools Northwestern ran away with an 86-73 victory over Dordt, in tonight's contest it would take overtime for NW to prevail 81-74 over the Defenders who were bidding for the upset over the #3 nationally ranked Red Raiders.

The loss puts the Defenders at 10-12 overall and 5-7 in GPAC play while the Raiders improve to 16-5 overall and 10-1 in the conference.

The Defenders played a solid first half against the Raiders and never trailed by more than 3. Dordt took the lead with 6:58 remaining in the first half on a Kate DuMez 3 pointer putting the score at 22-21. Solid defensive play and some offensive mismatches helped Dordt build the lead to as many as 11 and the Defenders took a 10 point margin into the locker room at half with the score 41-31.

In the second half of the contest Dordt would build their lead to 14 points at 54-40 on another DuMez 3 ball which came at 14:59. Every time it appeared Dordt would put the Raiders away they came clawing back to narrow the gap and a 6 minute Dordt scoring drought, which started with 9:54 remaining would eventually lead to 64-64 tie with 3:31 remaining.

DuMez made two free throws at 3:14 to give the Defenders a 2 point lead at 66-64; Andrea Wedel answered back with two free throws of her own at the 3 minute mark to tie the score at 66. Both teams exchanged misses over the next 2 minutes and Kelsie DeNooy made one free throw with 1:02 left to give Dordt a 1 point lead at 67-66. Amy Kallemeyn tied it a 67 with a free throw of her own at the 47 second mark.

Northwestern had the ball and a chance to win when Hurley missed a jumper with 6 seconds to go, DuMez rebounded the shot, made a great outlet pass to Kelsie DeNooy who went in for the lay-up with a second to go with a Northwestern player draped all over her. De Nooy's attempt was off the mark at the buzzer and the game went to overtime.

In the overtime session, Dordt got on the board first when DeNooy hit a lay-up early on, Northwestern would answer right back to tie it at 69 apiece, the 11th tie of the game, when Kuhlman made a lay-up with 4:22 to go. DuMez's coast to coast lay-up at 3:06 put Dordt up by 2 at 71-69 and Kuhlman answered back with another lay-up to tie the game at 71. DeNooy made 1 of 2 free throws with 2:26 to go to put Dordt up by one but Allison Hulst answered with a lay-up 7 seconds later to put NW up a point. Becca Hurley added a pair of free-throws and then a jumper to push Northwestern's lead to 72-77 with 1:32 remaining. Dordt missed a lay-up on their next possession and the Defenders were forced to foul, putting Hurley to the line for the Red Raiders, Hurley made both to make it a 3 possession game at 79-72 and a pair of Kuhlmann free throws and a jumper by Kreykes made the final 81-74 in favor of Northwestern.

Coach Stiemsma, in a post-game interview, had this to say: "We had leads, we weathered some runs and even weathered some foul trouble, we just couldn't get shots to go down the stretch. Foul trouble didn't allow us to play the way we wanted to. Northwestern got rolling and we got a little tentative. We had a number of players with 4 fouls and that made us play on our heels a little bit. We tried to fight over screens, get back in transition and stop the three but gave up some easy baskets in transition that hurt us. Kate did a great job for us tonight and we certainly played hard. I felt that we were fouled at the end of regulation and we are certainly disappointed not to get that call. A made free throw with no time left and we win that game."

Dordt finished the night going 17-27 from the charity stripe while Northwestern was 21 of 25 on free throws. The Red Raiders outrebounded the Defenders 41 to 33.

Dordt's Kate DuMez finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with 5 assists, 3 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. Soodsma and DeNooy both finished with 15 points while McKinzie Schmidt had 9 on the night. Bre Schneidermann had 4 blocks and 6 rebounds.

Northwestern was paced by Becca Hurley who had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. The Raiders had 4 others in double figures: Allison Hulst had 12, Randa Hulstein and Amy Kallemeyn 11 and Andrea Wedel with 10.

Other GPAC scores from this evening:
Doane at 67
Concordia 72

Hastings at 66
Midland Lutheran 68

Sioux Falls at 52
Mount Marty 68

Dakota Wesleyan at 53
Morningside 85

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 12-0
Northwestern 10-1
Concordia 8-4
Mount Marty 7-4
Doane 6-5
Hastings 6-6
Sioux Falls 5-6
Briar Cliff 5-7
Dordt 5-7
Dakota Wesleyan 4-8
Dana 3-9
Midland Lutheran 3-10
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-9

Dordt will next face Midland Lutheran this Saturday, January 31 when they play host to the Warriors at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center. The Warriors will be coming in after a 68-66 upset win over Hastings on Wednesday night.

Dordt's Current Record: 10-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-5 (10-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 41 26 7 74
Northwestern 31 36 14 81
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 8
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Bre Schneidermann 6
Kate Du Mez 3
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hulstein, Randa 12
Hurley, Becca 5
Kallemeyn, Amy 5
Team Total: 41
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 27
Kelsie De Nooy 15
Amber Soodsma 15
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Team Total: 74
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hurley, Becca 21
Hulst, Allison 12
Hulstein, Randa 11
Kallemeyn, Amy 11
Team Total: 81
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/65 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/8 62%
Free Throws: 17/27 63%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/61 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/9 22%
Free Throws: 21/25 84%

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