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

February 14, 2009

(Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska) Dordt has struggled against NAIA nationally ranked opponents this season, but have played the top teams tightly, falling to 3 ranked opponents by single digits. This afternoon, however, Dordt was unable to stay close to the Concordia and fell 94-68 to the Bulldogs, dropping the Dordt record to 11-15 overall and 6-10 in the GPAC.

With just a week to go in GPAC play, Dordt is tied with Dakota Wesleyan and Briar Cliff with the 6-10 mark and Dordt will face the BCU Chargers on Wednesday. The teams hold the 8th-10th spots in the GPAC are are fighting for a chance to host a home game in the first round of post-season play by garnering that 8th position.

The Dordt women played the #9 ranked Bulldogs tightly over the first 8 minutes of action and a Julia DeKoekkoek three pointer deadlocked the teams at 15 apiece with 12:10 remaining in the contest. Dordt would take a brief lead at 17-15 as Kelsie DeNooy scored in the paint at 11:40. On the next possession Concordia's Melissa Tinkham hit a 3 ball to give the Bulldogs a 1 point lead, a lead which they would not surrender for the duration of the game and the three started a 15 point run for the Dogs and gave them a 14 point lead at 31-17 with 6:43 to go in the half. The Bulldogs would stretch the lead to as many as 20 in the half and the half ended with an 18 point Concordia cushion at 49-31, with the Bulldogs outscoring Dordt 34-14 over the last 12 minutes.

The Defenders were unable to get the Concordia lead down to single digits in the second half and never got closer than 13 at 67-54 at the 11:07 mark and the Bulldogs cruised to a 26 point win over the Dordt Defenders.

Dordt had 4 players score in double figures, Amber Soodsma had 15, Bre Schneidermann had 13 to go with 5 rebounds, Kelsie DeNooy had 11 and Kate DuMez tossed in 10 while dishing out 5 assists, and had 2 steals before fouling out.

Concordia's Whitney Stichka led all scorers with 25 points and added 5 assists. Melissa Tinkham had 19 points, Kristin Miller had 14 and a game-high 7 rebounds while Danae Koopman's 12 rounded out the double digit scorers.

"I thought we did some things better in the second half, but when you're down that much at half it's difficult to get back in it," said Dordt coach Craig Stiemsma.

Other GPAC scores from today:
Dakota Wesleyan at 66
Briar Cliff 72

Midland Lutheran at 71
Mount Marty 78 in OT

Sioux Falls at 72
Nebraska Wesleyan 64

Doane at 63
Northwestern 75

Dana at 62
Morningside 93

GPAC Standings:
Morningside 16-0
Northwestern 14-2
Mount Marty 12-4
Concordia 11-5
Hastings 10-6
Sioux Falls 8-8
Doane 7-9
Briar Cliff 6-10
Dakota Wesleyan 6-10
Dordt 6-10
Midland Lutheran 4-13
Dana 3-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-14

The Dordt women will return to action on Wednesday, February 18 when they play host to Briar Cliff in Sioux Center at 6:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-15 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 20-8 (11-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 37 68
Concordia (NE) 49 45 94
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 5
McKinzie Schmidt 5
Bre Schneidermann 5
Kate Du Mez 3
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Miller, Kristin 7
Kuca, Angela 4
Quinn, Amber 3
Scheer, Stacy 3
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 15
Bre Schneidermann 13
Kelsie De Nooy 11
Kate Du Mez 10
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Stichka, Whitney 25
Tinkham 19
Miller, Kristin 14
Koopman, Danae 12
Team Total: 94
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/67 36%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/11 9%
Free Throws: 19/28 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/58 57%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/17 59%
Free Throws: 18/21 86%

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