Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

February 11, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Add another close and frustrating single digit loss to a nationally ranked opponent for the Dordt women's basketball team as they fell to #15 Mount Marty by a score of 73-67 tonight. Dordt's other single digit losses to ranked opponents include a 7 point loss to #1 Morningside and a 7 point loss to #3 Northwestern (IA). The loss puts the Defender women at 11-14 overall and 6-9 in GPAC play.

"We've played excellent teams as of late and it has just been excruciatingly difficult to get over the hump and beat one of them," said Coach Craig Stiemsma.

Dordt controlled the opening tip and much of the play in the first half, holding the Lancers to only 26 points in the opening 20 minutes of the game. Dordt's largest lead of the half was 8 points which they held twice at 10-2 and again at 12-4 with 15:18 remaining. Mount Marty proceeded to outscore the Defenders 12-2 over the next 4 minutes of play giving the Lancers a 16-14 lead with ll minutes to go. A Kelsie DeNooy jumper tied the game 19-19 at the 9:07 mark and the Defenders never trailed again in the half, extending the lead back to seven at the break. The two teams combined for 21 first half turnovers with Dordt committing 11 to MMC's 10 while Dordt outrebounded Mount Marty 24-17.

Dordt had no answer for Mount Marty's penetration in the second half, particularly over the last 8 minutes of play. "I felt like we could win with 6 or 7 minutes to go," said Stiemsma, "but they just got way better shots than us down the stretch." Michelle Amundson opened up the second half scoring with a 3 pointer to trim the Dordt lead to 4 but an Amber Soodsma jumper with 17:42 remaining gave Dordt their third 8 point cushion of the game at 39-31. Mount Marty cut the Dordt lead to two points at 41-39 on a Kylie Gross lay-up with 13:06 to go but Amber Soodsma's 3 point basket, followed by a jumper pushed the Dordt lead out to 7 at 46-39 with 10:45 remaining. Mount Marty rattled off the next 8 points, capped by a Lacey Powell 3 pointer, to give the Lancers a one point lead with exactly 9 minutes to go at 47-46.

The next 5 minutes of action featured 4 more ties in the contest and with 3:50 showing on the clock the teams were deadlocked at 53-53 following an Amundson lay-up. Amundson was fouled on the play and made the free throw to break the tie and give the Lancers a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game. The free throw was Amundson's 7th make of the night on 7 attempts and she would finish the night shooting 15 of 15 from the charity stripe including a clutch 6 of 6 in the final minute and 13 seconds, finishing the night with 24 points.

Dordt's Amber Soodsma matched Amundon's 24 points to go along with 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Kelsie DeNooy had 16 points and Kate DuMez 10 while both players pulled down 8 rebounds as well. McKinzie Schmidt had a game high 10 rebounds to go with her 9 points.

Mount Marty's Amber Marsden had a solid night from the floor and was a tough match-up for the Dordt Defenders and the 6 foot center finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

Dordt finished with a large rebounding margin over the Lancers with the Defenders grabbing 44 boards to Mount Marty's 32. Dordt finished with 23 turnovers while the Lancers gave the ball up 16 times.

"They were determined to go inside and we didn't move well enough defensively to stop them. Stopping penetration was a big part of our game plan and we didn't do it and gave up too many lay-ups. We won the rebounding edge by a big margin but the plus 7 turnovers really hurt us. We will keep improving and learning and we've proven that we can play with any team in the conference and therefore any team in the country. We have another big game on Saturday," commented Coach Stiemsma.

Dordt will face yet another ranked opponent as they travel to Concordia (Nebraska) to face the #9 ranked Bulldogs on Saturday, February 14 at 2:00 pm. The Bulldogs narrowly avoided an upset today over Nebraska Wesleyan beating the last place GPAC team 69-62.

Other GPAC Scores:
Northwestern at 66
Dakota Wesleyan 75

Sioux Falls at 65
Morningside 72

Hastings at 73
Dana 61

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 15-0
Northwestern 13-2
Mount Marty 11-4
Concordia 10-5
Hastings 10-6
Doane 7-8
Sioux Falls 7-8
Dakota Wesleyan 6-9
Dordt 6-9
Briar Cliff 5-10
Midland Lutheran 4-12
Dana 3-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-13

Dordt's Current Record: 11-14 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 20-7 (11-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 34 67
Mount Marty 26 47 73
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Kelsie De Nooy 8
Kate Du Mez 8
Bre Schneidermann 6
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Marsden, Amber 8
Amundson, Michelle 5
Lickteig, Whitney 5
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 24
Kelsie De Nooy 16
Kate Du Mez 10
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Team Total: 67
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Amundson, Michelle 24
Marsden, Amber 18
Miller, Jennifer 10
Team Total: 73
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/60 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/10 30%
Free Throws: 16/24 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/59 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/18 33%
Free Throws: 19/24 79%

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