Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

February 24, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Hard-nosed, aggressive defense by Dordt College and a poor second half shooting for Dakota Wesleyan propelled the Defenders to a 66-45 victory over the Tigers and Dordt will advance to the GPAC quarter-finals where they will face Morningside College. Dordt College entered the tournament as the #8 seed and improve to a record of 13-16 with the win.

Dordt took a 7 point lead at 9-2 when Amber Soodsma hit a 3 pointer with 17 minutes to go in the half, but Dakota Wesleyan answered with a 10 point run to give the Tigers a 12-9 lead at the 13:20 mark. Dordt would dominate play for the next 9 minutes, outscoring Dakota Wesleyan 22-4 to give the Defenders a 15 point lead at 31-16 with 4:18 remaining in the first half. Dordt was unable to shake the Tigers in the first half and DWU answered back with 8 straight points and cut the lead to 7 at 31-24 on a Heidi Lusk three pointer and the Tigers would narrow the lead to 5 at 33-28 to end the half.

Allison Johnson jump started the Tigers in the second half with a 3 pointer and a jumper by Angela Noteboom for Dakota Wesleyan knotted the game at 33-33 with 18:47 left in the game. A Kelsie DeNooy three on the following possession would give Dordt a 3 point lead, a lead they would not relinquish for the duration. Dordt would push the margin to 10 at 45-35 with 14:20 to go and the closest the Tigers would get would be 4 points when Heidi Lusk nailed a 3 pointer with 11:09 on the clock at 48-44.

The Lusk trey would be the last field goal for the Tigers in the game as Dordt's relentless defense held the Tigers to a single made free throw over the last 11 minutes of the contest and the Defenders cruised to the 66-45 post-season win outscoring the Tigers 16-1 down the stretch.

"We did a tremendous job in the second half and played great defense tonight," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "We switched very well on defense and I think our zone confused them a little bit, obviously when you hold a team to 17 second half points you've done a good job on that end of the floor. We are in very good shape and it showed in the second half. Amber had a nice game for us, shooting 3 for 4 from 3 point range and she is just a tough match-up for opponents. Morningside is a very good team but we'll be ready to go on Thursday."

Amber Soodsma paced the Defenders with 21 points to go along with 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Kelsie DeNooy had 16 points and 9 rebounds and Bre Schneidermann rounds out the double digit scorers with 10 points as well as 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kate DuMez had 8 points, dished out 7 assists and had one steal while McKinzie Schmidt had 9 points and 9 rebounds.

Dakota Wesleyan's Allison Johnson and Heidi Lusk both finished with 10 points and Lusk also had a team-high 7 rebounds.

Dordt shot 44% from the floor while DWU struggled, shooting 28.8% for the game. Dordt outrebounded the Tigers 45-39, while the turnovers were even at 18. Dordt shot 10-11 from the free throw line while the Tigers shot only 7 free throws, making 2.

Dordt will next face the #1 ranked Morningside Mustangs on Thursday, February 26 in Sioux City at 6:00 pm.

Other GPAC play-off results:
(5) Hastings 90
(12) Dana 56

(6)Sioux Falls 86
(11)Midland Lutheran 57

(7)Doane 79
(10)Briar Cliff 70

Quarterfinal Match-ups:
(8) Dordt at (1) Morningside
(7) Doane at (2) Northwestern
(6) Sioux Falls at (3) Concordia
(5) Hastings at (4) Mounty Marty
All games to be played on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-16 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-18 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 33 66
Dakota Wesleyan 28 17 45
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Kelsie De Nooy 9
Amber Soodsma 8
Bre Schneidermann 6
Team Total: 45
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Lusk, Heidi 7
Malloy, Maggie 7
Mailey, Ashley 5
Deinert, Jessica 5
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 21
Kelsie De Nooy 16
Bre Schneidermann 10
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Johnson, Allison 10
Lusk, Heidi 10
Deinert, Jessica 9
Mailey, Ashley 5
Team Total: 45
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/59 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/10 40%
Free Throws: 10/11 91%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/66 29%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/26 19%
Free Throws: 2/7 29%

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