Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sterling

November 13, 2009

Game Media

(Fremont, Nebraska) A late comeback came up short Friday night in the Dordt College Defender women's basketball game with Sterling (Kansas) at the Midland Lutheran Classic hosted in Fremont, Nebraska. The Defenders trailed most of the game and lost 62-56 after trailing by double figures for much of the second half.

Dordt's only lead of the game came in the opening moments when a Kate Du Mez three-point play gave Dordt an early 3-2 lead. The Defenders managed ties at 9-9, 12-12 and 14-14 before the Warriors went on a run to take an eventual 25-17 lead with 6:50 left in the half. A Bre Schneidermann basket stopped the run momentarily but the Warriors built the lead up to double digits and got up by as many as 13 at 36-23 in the first half before Dordt closed the half with four straight points on baskets by Bailey Spencer and Brianna Spronk to send it to half at 36-27.

Dordt started slowly in the second half and was down 50-35 before charging back. From the 9:23 mark to the 4:19 mark Dordt outscored Sterling 15-4 to cut the lead to 54-50. Dordt trailed by four on two more occasions but never had possession of the ball down by four as Sterling had an answer on each occasion. The last four point difference was at 58-54. Dordt had two chances to cut the lead from six on three-pointers but neither one fell and Sterling held on for the win.

Dordt stood toe to toe with the #13 ranked Warriors in almost every statistical category except shooting percentage. Dordt converted 19-54 field goals but was ice cold on three-point shots at 2-13. Dordt did make 16-24 free throws to Sterling's 13-19. The 2009 national tournament qualifier was 23-56 from the floor and 3-12 on three-point shots in its first outing of the season. Dordt had three players in double figures in scoring with Kate Du Mez scoring 12 in 24 minutes of action while Amber Soodsma and Bre Schneidermann had 11 and 10 each.

Dordt held a 42-36 rebounding edge with McKinzie Schmidt getting 12 and Schneidermann 11 with four blocked shots as well. Du Mez handed out four assists. Sterling had 18 turnovers to Dordt's 17.

Sterling was led by Megan Patrick with 20 points and Britany Gasper with 15. Dordt outscored the Warriors 29-26 in the second half.

"We did some things better tonight," said Dordt coach Craig Stiemsma. "We have to keep working to get good shots. Shooting percentage was the difference in this game."

Dordt is 1-3 and will face Kansas Wesleyan on Saturday at 1:00. Sterling is 1-0.

Dordt's Current Record: 1-3 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 1-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 27 29 56
Sterling 36 26 62
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Bre Schneidermann 11
Team Total: 42
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Cathryn Wiebe 8
Megan Patrick 7
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 12
Amber Soodsma 11
Bre Schneidermann 10
Team Total: 56
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Megan Patrick 20
Britany Gasper 15
Team Total: 62
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/54 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/13 15%
Free Throws: 16/24 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/56 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/12 25%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%

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