Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Midland (NE)

January 31, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) On a beautiful, sunshiny day in Sioux Center, the Dordt women snapped a 3 game losing streak with at 78-60 win in GPAC play over Midland Lutheran, the win pushes the Defender record to just one victory shy of the .500 mark with an 11-12 record overall and 6-7 in the GPAC.

In what could be pivotal game for Dordt as they look to jockey for position to secure a home game in the first round of the play-offs, both teams raced up and down the floor and the shot clock was seldom a factor. Dordt led most of the first half and helf a 7 point lead 4 minutes in to the game at 13-6. Midland Lutheran outscored Dordt 11 to 3 over the next 5 minutes to give the Warriors a 1 point lead at 17-16. Dordt answered back with the next 6 points to take a 5 point lead at 22-17 with 8 minutes to go. A Kerry Butzke 3 for MLC with 3:49 left in the half put the Warriors up at 29-28. Dordt rallied over the last 3 and half minutes outscoring Midland Lutheran 10-2 to give the Defender a 7 point lead at 38-31 going in to the locker room.

Kerry Butzke was perfect in the first half for the Warriors as she scored 14 points, going 7-7 from the floor, including 2 three pointers and was 2-2 from the line. Dordt's Amber Soodsma led all scorers in the first half with 16 points including 5-5 from the charity stripe.

Dordt opened up the half with a Bre Schneidermann basket that gave Dordt their biggest lead of the game at 9 points. The teams kept up the frantic pace of play in the second half and Dordt maintained the lead the entire session but had trouble extending it into double digits for most of the afternoon as the scrappy Warriors would not go away.

The last 10 minutes of play featured Dordt's McKinzie Schmidt and Kelsie DeNooy combining for 19 of Dordt's 24 points. Dord't first double digit lead came with 3:56 remaining when McKinzie Schmidt nailed a jumper to put the Defenders up 67-57, that hoop was the second of 4 straight baskets by Dordt which stretched their lead from 6 to 14. Dordt dominated play from there on in, outscoring MLC 11-3 over the last 4 minutes to give the Defenders the 78-60 win.

"We are playing with every bit of energy we've got," commented Coach Stiemsma. "That is a big win for us as it gives us a completely different mindset going in to a week of practice before facing Hastings next Saturday. It is great having a team like this that can make such solid half-time adjustments. If we can pin-point our problems, our players are athletic enough to make the necessary changes in their play. McKinzie (Schmidt) and Kelsie (DeNooy) got a lot of nice looks due to the penetration from Amber(Soodsma). We really preached good offensive possessions at the half and I thought we played an excellent second half. We want to be playing well each game and not get so caught up in where we will be in the seeding."

The Defenders' leading scorer was Kelsie DeNooy, who finished with 19 points to go with 7 rebounds. Soodsma had 18 to go along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. McKinze Schmidt had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists point guard Kate DuMez had 12 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Bre Schneidermann led all rebounders with a game high 11 boards while scoring 7 points and blocking 4 shots.

Midland Lutheran was paced by Kerry Butzke as she finished with 18 points. Other double digit scorers for the Warriors were Macy Hauschild with 13 and Kellie Hermsmeyer with 10.

Dordt had a solid night shooting as they were 47.9% from the floor compared with Midland Lutheran's 31.7%. Dordt held a narrow 42-41 rebounding edge over the Warriors and Midland Lutheran turned the ball over 19 times while Dordt gave it up 16 times.

Other scores in the GPAC:
Briar Cliff at 68
Hastings 78

Morningside at 72
Nebraska Wesleyan 65

Dana at 60
Northwestern 79

Doane at 72
Sioux Falls 75

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 13-0
Northwestern 11-1
Concordia 8-4
Mount Marty 7-4
Hastings 7-6
Doane 6-6
Sioux Falls 6-6
Dordt 6-7
Briar Cliff 5-8
Dakota Wesleyan 4-8
Dana 3-10
Midland Lutheran 3-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-10

Dordt will have a week off as they next travel to Hastings on February 7 with the tip-off scheduled for 2:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-16 (3-11)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 38 40 78
Midland (NE) 31 29 60
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 11
Kelsie De Nooy 7
Amber Soodsma 7
Kate Du Mez 5
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hermsmeyer, Kelli 7
Thramer, Jami 7
Parks, Cassie 6
Hoffman, Tricia 5
Team Total: 41
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsie De Nooy 19
Amber Soodsma 18
McKinzie Schmidt 13
Kate Du Mez 12
Team Total: 78
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Butzke, Kerry 18
Hauschild, Marcy 13
Hermsmeyer, Kelli 10
Miller, Olivia 5
Team Total: 60
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/64 47%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/6 33%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/63 32%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/21 33%
Free Throws: 13/20 65%

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