Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Spring Arbor

December 18, 2009

Game Media

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) The Lady Defenders came away with a narrow victory in their first of two games in Michigan this weekend as they beat Spring Arbor 63-61. With the win, Dordt College improves to 7-8 overall. The Defenders will play a second game in Grand Rapids tomorrow as they play Cornerstone University at 2 pm to finish off the Cornerstone Classic.

The first ten minutes of the game were played very tightly with neither team opening up more than a 4 point lead, a lead that Dordt held at 12-8 with 10:10 to go. The Defenders opened the gap to nine points on a Soodsma free throw with 4:20 remaining in the half. Spring Arbor whittled away at the Dordt lead and cut it down to 3 with 8 seconds to go on a Melissa Tejkl basket. The two teams combined for 19 turnovers in the first half with SAU giving up 10 to Dordt's 9.

Dordt's Amber Soodsma scored the first five points of the second half with 3 of those coming on a shot from behind the arc with 17:30 showing on the game clock to give Dordt an 8 point lead at 39-31. Spring Arbor proceeded to rattle off eleven straight points on back to back 3 pointers, a pair of deuces and a free throw and owned a 3 point lead at 42-39 with 15:25 to go.

The two teams were knotted at 42, 44 and 48 but a Bement 2 point basket followed by a 3 ball for her gave Spring Arbor a 5 point lead at 53-48 with just under 10 minutes to go. A pair of Julia DeKoekkoek free throws with just under 6 minutes remaining created the 8th tie of the game at 55-55. A Soodsma basket followed by a DuMez 2 pointer gave Dordt a 4 point advantage at 59-55 at the 4:15 mark. After exchanging baskets a pair of Spring Arbor buckets tied the game for the 8th time at 61-61 with 2:16 left on the game clock. Neither team managed to muster a lot of offense over the final two minutes and an Amber Soodsma free throw with 13 seconds to go gave Dordt a one point lead. Spring Arbor turned the ball over on their ensuing possession. Kate DuMez was fouled with one second showing on the clock and made one of two free throws, missing the second shot to force the clock to start and not allowing the Cougars a set play to give Dordt the 63-61 victory.

"I thought we were a little tight to start and were in a hurry to get up by ten or 20. Credit Spring Arbor with not allowing us to get away with a lead," said Dordt College coach Craig Stiemsma. "We did some good things down the stretch after getting down by five. We got the ball where we wanted to and we got some defensive stops. Julia De Koekkoek had a good start for us and made some three point shots for us when the shots weren't falling."

Dordt's Amber Soodsma, who is from Hudsonville, Michigan enjoyed a nice "homecoming" as she led all scorers with 21 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist.

Dordt outrebounded SAU 34-28. Spring Arbor finished the afternoon with 22 turnovers while Dordt gave the ball up 16 times. Spring Arbor shot 55% from the floor while Dordt shot 42%.

Dordt will play in Grand Rapids again tomorrow as they face Cornerstone University at 2:00 pm (central time).

Dordt's Current Record: 7-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 1-11 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 29 63
Spring Arbor 31 30 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 7
Amber Soodsma 6
Julia DeKoekkoek 4
Bailey Spencer 3
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kotarba, Kristin 7
Tejkl, Melissa 6
Bruggeman, Kelly 5
Smith, Courtney 3
Team Total: 28
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 21
Kate Du Mez 15
Julia DeKoekkoek 11
Bre Schneidermann 6
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Tejkl, Melissa 17
Glenn, Alex 10
Bement, Kate 9
Bement, Megan 7
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/55 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 13/24 54%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/51 55%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/9 33%
Free Throws: 2/8 25%

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