Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

December 2, 2009

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt women fell to the #1 ranked Northwestern Raiders this evening by a score of 66-55 to fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the GPAC.

The Dordt Defenders played the Raiders tight for the entire evening and the first half featured 8 lead changes and 3 ties with neither team extending any kind of scoring margin. Dordt had two 4 point leads with the first coming with 11:54 to go in the half on a Julia DeKoekkoek three ball and the second with 8:35 remaining in the half on an Amber Soodsma lay-up. The teams were knotted at 16-16,18-18 and 20-20 until a Soodsma made free throw would give Dordt their last lead of the contest at 21-20 with 2:10 to go in the half. A Becca Hurley lay-up, a jumper by Kendra De Jong and a De Jong free throw gave the Raiders the last 5 points of the half and a 25-21 lead at the break.

Kendra De Jong scored the last 3 points of the first half and also had the first 3 points of the second in extending the Northwestern lead to 28-21 just 10 seconds into the half. The Raiders pushed the lead to 12 points on a Kleinjan 3 pointer at 12:23 but Dordt stayed competitive and whittled away at the lead and a pair of Soodsma free throws at 5:46 cut the lead down to just 4 with Dordt trailing 51-47. With the lead back to 6 a Soodsma jumper once again put the NW lead at 4 with 4:42 to go and the score 53-49. The Raiders responded with 8 straight points on back to back buckets by Kendra De Jong, a jumper by Kuhlmann and another by Neth to push the margin to 12 with 1:46 to go and Dordt got no closer than 9 down the stretch.

Shooting woes from the free throw line were a significant factor in the loss as Dordt shot 12-25 from the charity stripe for 48%. The Raiders were 17-20 for 85% on free throws.

Amber Soodsma led the Defenders in scoring with 19 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 3 assists, Julia DeKoekkoek added 14 points and 2 rebounds. Bre Schneidermann had a team high 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.

Kate DuMez's 4 assists on the night ties her with Linda Mabie on top of the all-time assist category.

Northwestern's Kendra De Jong led all scorers with 21 points. The Raiders held a narrow 43-38 rebounding margin on the Defenders and Dordt turned the ball over one less time than Northwestern at 16-15 and Dordt had 9 steals to Northwestern's 6.

The Lady Defenders will next play host to Morningside on Saturday, December 5 at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center. Other GPAC basketball scores from tonight:
Midland Lutheran at 50
Hastings 77

Sioux Falls at 54
Morningside 77

Mount Marty at 71
Dakota Wesleyan 54

Doane at 6:00pm
Concordia CT

GPAC Standings:
Mount Marty/2-1/9-1
Briar Cliff/1-1/7-1
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-1/3-3
Sioux Falls/1-2/5-5
Dakota Wesleyan/1-2/4-6
Midland Lutheran /0-3/3-9

Dordt's Current Record: 4-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-1 (3-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 21 34 55
Northwestern 25 41 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 8
Amber Soodsma 7
Kate Du Mez 7
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Becca Hurley 11
Kendra De Jong 6
Kami Kuhlmann 6
Team Total: 43
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 19
Julia DeKoekkoek 14
Kate Du Mez 8
Team Total: 55
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kendra De Jong 21
Becca Hurley 14
Kami Kuhlmann 11
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/58 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/11 27%
Free Throws: 12/25 48%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/59 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/13 8%
Free Throws: 17/20 85%

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