Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Hastings

February 7, 2009

(Hastings, Nebraska) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team lost an intense, physical contest on the road with the Hastings College Broncos on Saturday, February 7 in Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball. In a game not for the faint of heart, the Defenders fought back from a nine point halftime deficit to trim the lead to one but couldn't slide past the Broncos on their home floor.

Dordt led in the first half by a 17-14 margin with a little over eight minutes left when Kate Du Mez hit a three-point basket. Hastings tied it on a Lindsay Ducey three-pointer on the next possession and took the lead moments later on Rachel Isherwood three-point play. Hastings never trailed again and took a 39-30 lead at halftime.

Dordt outscored Hastings 12-4 over the first five minutes of the second half and were down 43-42 after Du Mez made a shot in the lane. Hastings extended the lead again only to have Dordt cut the difference to 52-51 on an Amber Soodsma jumper with 9:01 left.

"We have to get better at playing with the lead," said Dordt coach Craig Stiemsma.

Hastings then tightened the clamps and outscored Dordt 9-2 over the next five minutes to take control and eventually win 73-61.

Dordt made 26-58 shots from the floor for 44.8 percent and conveted 2-8 three-pointers. The Defenders made 7-10 free throws. Hastings was 25-67 from the floor and 4-14 on three pointers. Hastings did take advantage of 19-26 free throw shooting to seal the win. The Broncos also enjoyed a 42-35 free throw advantage.

"It was a very physical game and Hastings plays that style very well," said Stiemsma. "We have to keep working to get better each day in practice and not waste any days."

Amber Soodsma led Dordt with 20 points on 10-16 shooting from the floor and Kate Du Mez added 17. Soodsma and Du Mez had seven and six rebounds respectively. McKinzie Schmidt knocked down 10 points and Kelis De Nooy had eight points. Du Mez had five assists in the loss to the 17th ranked Broncos.

Lindsay Ducey had 25 points and 10 rebounds while Amber Kulus had 13 points.

The Defenders are now 11-13 overall and 6-8 in the league while Hastings improves to 19-6 overall and 9-6 in conference play.

Dordt plays yet another ranked opponent on Wednesday, February 11 when they host Mount Marty at 6:00.

GPAC scores from Saturday, February 7

Mount Marty College 84, Nebraska Wesleyan University 45
Hastings College 73, Dordt College 61
Northwestern College 78, Concordia University 66
Morningside College 87, Doane College 77
University of Sioux Falls 62, Briar Cliff University 43
Dakota Wesleyan University 71, Dana College 66

GPAC Standings

Morningside 14-0
Northwestern 13-1
Mount Marty 10-4
Concordia 9-5
Hastings 9-6
Doane 7-7
Sioux Falls 7-7
Dordt 6-8
Dakota Wesleyan 5-9
Briar Cliff 5-10
Dana 3-12
Midland Lutheran 3-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-12

Dordt's Current Record: 11-13 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 19-6 (9-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 31 61
Hastings 39 34 73
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 7
Kate Du Mez 6
McKinzie Schmidt 5
Bre Schneidermann 5
Team Total: 35
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Lindsey Ducey 10
Team Total: 42
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 20
Kate Du Mez 17
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Kelsie De Nooy 8
Team Total: 61
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Lindsay Ducey 25
Amber Kulus 13
Team Total: 73
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/58 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/8 25%
Free Throws: 7/10 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/67 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 19/26 73%

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