Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

November 21, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) A hot shooting Dakota Wesleyan Tiger women's basketball team nipped Dordt College 67-66 in women's basketball action at the De Witt Gym on Saturday afternoon. The game was the first of the conference season for both teams and Dakota Wesleyan used a 15-22 shooting performance in the second half to come from 11 points back to win it.

Dordt led by as many as six early in taking a 11-5 lead when Brianna Spronk nailed a three-point shot with 12:58 left in the half. Wesleyan trimmed the lead back only to have Dordt pull in front 28-20 with 3:01 left in the half on a three-point basket by Amber Soodsma. Dordt actually extended the lead to nine before Wesleyan made it a seven point difference at the half 30-23.

Dordt started the second half strong and got up 38-27 at the 15:34 nmark with Bailey Spencer's field goal but the Tigers went on an eight point run to answer and eventually tied it at 57-57 with 5:12 left in the game. Wesleyan took the lead on the next possession and the gamed settled into a possession by possession contest. Dordt actually got up 64-60 on another three pointer by Spronk at the 2:39 mark but the couldn't keep the lead. After a Wesleyan basket Soodsma made one of two free throws for a 65-62 advantage. Ashley Johnson then hit a three-pointer with 1:21 left in the game as the shot clock expired to tie it and Allison Johnson hit a two point basket with 00:32 left after Dordt failed to score. With 00:09 left Kate Du Mez had two free throws, making the first and missing the second but Bre Schneidermann grabbed the missed shot and took an eight footer that missed. Forced to foul, Dordt setn Allison Johnson to the free throw line where she missed both shots. Kate Du Mez took the ball the length of the court and missed a jumper for the win.

Dordt 27-73 from the floor for 37 percent while Dakota Wesleyan made 22-44 shots including 10-20 three-pointers. Dordt converted 6-9 free throws while the visitors got to the charity stripe 22 times and made 13. Dordt outrebounded the Tigers 38-35 and committed just nine turnovers to Wesleyan's 17.

Du Mez led Dordt with 15 points and surpassed 1000 career points with 6-13 shooting. The point guard also had six rebounds and six assists with one blocked shot. Schneidermann had 13 poitns on 6-10 shooting and she had two steals with a block and nine rebounds. Amber Soodsma scored 12 and was hampered by foul trouble the whole game. McKinzie Schmidt scored nine and had a game high 11 rebounds and Spronk came off the bench for eight points.

Dakota Wesleyan got 17 points from Maggie Malloy and 15 from Allison Johnson. Angela Noteboom had eight rebounds.

Dordt slips to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference while Wesleyan is 3-4 and 1-0. Dordt faces William Penn on Tuesday night in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

GPAC Scores:

Briar Cliff at 90
Dana 59

Sioux Falls at 59
Hastings 73

Morningside at 65
Midland Lutheran 49

Concordia at 68
Mount Marty 81

Doane at 45
Northwestern 85

Dakota Wesleyan at 67
Dordt 66

Dordt's Current Record: 2-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-4 (1-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 36 66
Dakota Wesleyan 23 44 67
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 11
Bre Schneidermann 9
Kate Du Mez 6
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Angela Noteboom 8
Ashley Mailey 5
Allison Johnson 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 15
Bre Schneidermann 13
Amber Soodsma 12
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Maggie Malloy 17
Allison Johnson 15
Elizabeth Lamb 11
Ashley Johnson 10
Team Total: 67
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/73 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 6/9 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/44 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/20 50%
Free Throws: 13/22 59%

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