Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. William Penn

November 24, 2009

(Oskaloosa, Iowa) The Dordt women grabbed an important 72-66 over William Penn on the road tonight to improve to 3-5 as they head into the Thanksgiving break.

Dordt had the early lead but the 12-5 lead didn't last with William Penn scoring ten points in row. Dordt managed to get a little breathing room back and Kate Du Mez scored a basket at the 5:08 mark of the half to extend the lead to 25-18. The hosts pieced together another run and extended the lead to 29-27 with Du Mez tying the score at 29-29 with :05 left in the half.

William Penn led briefly at the 15:39 mark but Dordt had an answer with McKinzie Schmidt scoring on a lay up. The score was tied again at 44-44 and 50-50. The 50 all tie came at the 8:18 mark. Another Schmidt basket eventually extended the lead to 69-62 with 1:29 left to as much as seal the win and the Defenders made enough free throws to preserve the lead and their third win in eight starts.

Dordt was paced by Amber Soodsma's 23 points with 12 of them coming in the final ten minutes. Kate Du Mez scored 17 and dished nine assists with three steals. Brianna Spronk scored ten in a reserve role with three rebounds and Soodsma snagged six rebounds. McKinzie Schmidt chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds.

Coach Stiemsma commenting after the game stated: "We really got off to a good start, opening up a 12-5 lead and then there were just a lot of runs in the half. I was happy that we did not surrender the lead in the second half. It was a pretty physical game and the win is big for us to give us some confidence going into the break after some tough losses. Amber (Soodsma) and Kate (Du Mez) both played big for us tonight and I was also happy with how disruptive our post players were inside. Switching to the match up zone on defense helped us in the second half as did Amber playing in the post and getting 12 points in the last 10 minutes of play. Our bench played solidly for us also, we are looking forward to giving our players a rest before a big week next week with 3 games."

William Penn was led by Janice Adams with 17 points and nine rebounds. Dordt is 3-5 while Penn falls to 6-4. Dordt will travel to the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday, November 30 for a 5:30 game with the Flames.

Other GPAC scores from Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Briar Cliff at 68
Sioux Falls 77

Hastings at 103
Nebraska Wesleyan 58

Dakota Wesleyan at 60
Morningside 81

Concordia at 75
Midland Lutheran 43

Doane at 72
Dana 63

Northwestern at 81
Mount Marty 68

Dordt's Current Record: 3-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-4 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 43 72
William Penn 29 37 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 9
Amber Soodsma 6
Bre Schneidermann 5
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Janice Adams 9
Christa Subbert 8
Nancy Chicas 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 23
Kate Du Mez 17
Brianna Spronk 10
Team Total: 72
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Janice Adams 17
Rachel Butler 13
Christa Subbert 12
Raven House 10
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/53 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/8 38%
Free Throws: 15/20 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/68 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/16 19%
Free Throws: 17/20 85%

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