Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside

December 5, 2009

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team never trailed in the second half and held on for a 77-72 win over the #15 ranked Morningside Mustangs in women's Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball action Saturday afternoon in Sioux Center. The Defenders made the most of their offensive opportunities with a 54.9 percent shooting day from the floor to score the win.

The Defenders took an early seven point lead at 22-15 with 8:22 left in the first half with Kate Du Mex hitting a shot and getting fouled to convert a three-point play. The Mustangs came roaring back to take a brief lead at 25-24 less than two minutes later with Leslie Foral getting free for a basket for the lead. The Defenders responded to the challenge with an eventual five point lead to push the lead to 33-27 and were up by a 37-32 margin at the half with Bailey Spencer scoring the final points of the half on a lay-in with 00:25 left.

The second half was tight through out with Dordt pushing the lead to 47-41 with 14:11 left in the game but the Mustangs had an answer and tied the game at 50-50 with 11:04 left in the game on a Laura Nelson jump shot. A three-pointer by Du Mez lifted the Defenders in front 54-51 and a pair of foul shots by Bailey Spencer but the lead up to six with 8:13 to go in the game. The Defenders actually got the lead to seven at the 6:10 mark with McKinzie Schmidt hitting one of four jumpers she would drain in the final ten minutes of action. The Mustangs got to within two at 65-63 with 2:52 left but Dordt had another answer with Schmidt hitting a basket with 2:24 left and Bre Schneidermann hit a long jumper at the 1:08 mark after Morningside had cut the lead to four on Foral free throws.

Six straight free throws at the end sealed it and the Defenders held on for a 77-72 win over the defending national champions.

Dordt was 28-51 from the floor and 5-7 on three-pointers while making 16-23 free throws. Morningside countered with 27-71 shooting and 7-26 three-point shooting. Morningside was limited to 11-18 free throw shooting. Dordt outrebounded the visitors 40-35 and the turned the ball over 14 times.

Amber Soodsma had a team high 23 points and was 8-18 on field goals. Kate Du Mez had 19 points and six assists and becomes the career assist leader in women's basketball at Dordt College, breaking a standard set in 1985. She now has 394 career assists. McKinzie Schmidt added 12 points and six rebounds while Julia De Koekkoek had 11 points. Soodsma also had three blocks and four assists and has 999 career points.

Morningside was led by Tanaeya Worden's 15 points and Leslie Foral had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Worden had seven assists.

Dordt is now 5-6 overall and 1-2 in the league while Morningside is 8-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

GPAC Scores
Briar Cliff at 90
Doane 65

Morningside at 72
Dordt 77

Concordia at 53
Dakota Wesleyan 46

Nebraska Wesleyan at 44
Mount Marty 64

Dana at 49
Northwestern 102

GPAC Standings
Northwestern 4-0/8-1
Hastings 3-0/11-2
Mount Marty 3-1/10-1
Concordia 3-1/9-2
Morningside 3-1/8-5
Briar Cliff 2-1/8-1
Sioux Falls 1-2/5-5
Dordt 1-2/5-6
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-2/3-4
Doane 1-3/5-6
Dakota Wesleyan 1-3/4-7
Midland Lutheran 0-3/3-9
Dana 0-4/0-10

Dordt's Current Record: 5-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-5 (3-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 37 40 77
Morningside 32 40 72
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 9
Bre Schneidermann 8
McKinzie Schmidt 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Leslie Foral 11
Roni Miller 7
Tanaeya Worden 5
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 23
Kate Du Mez 19
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Julia DeKoekkoek 11
Team Total: 77
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Tanaeya Worden 15
Leslie Foral 13
Laura Nelson 11
Chelsie Trask 10
Team Total: 72
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/51 55%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/7 71%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/71 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/26 27%
Free Throws: 11/18 61%

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