Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Cornerstone

December 19, 2009

Game Media

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball team scored 63 points for the second game in a row and for the second time in as many games 63 points was enough to get a win in as many days at the Cornerstone University Classic. Dordt fought off a hard charging Golden Eagle team on their home floor.

Dordt scored seven of the first eight points in the game but the Eagles came back to take the lead at 12-11 at the 16:02 mark. The hosts built up as much as a 26-21 lead in the first half with the difference coming at the 10:02 mark on a Melissa Veltkamp steal and lay up. Dordt outscored Cornerstone 14-4 the rest of the half, including a six point run and an eight point run. Dordt's last points of the half made it 35-28 on an assist by Kate Du Mez and a basket by Bre Schneidermann. Cornerstone was able to cut the lead to 35-30 before the half ended.

The Defenders extended the lead to 38-32 on a three point shot by Julia De Koekkoek and a two point field goal by Schneidermann. After a Cornerstone timeout the Defenders were outscored 13-3 with the Golden Eagles taking a brief lead at 45-43 with just over 13 minutes left. A basket by Bailey Spencer tied it and a pair of free throws by Julia De Koekkoek gave Dordt a lead they never relinquished the rest of the game. At the 11:55 mark Kate Du Mez picked up her fourth foul and had to leave the game. When she returned the Defenders had a 52-50 lead with just over 5:00 left. After a McKinzie Schmidt basket the Defenders extended the lead to a comfortable 57-50 margin on a De Koekkoek three pointer with 3:01 left. Dordt never led by less then four and earned the 63-57 win over the Eagles.

Dordt made 25-57 shots from the floor for 43.9 percent and converted 8-15 three pointers with De Koekkoek making 4-5. Cornerstone was 21-63 from the floor for 33.3 percent and they didn't make a three pointer, going 0-9. Dordt was out shot from the free throw line going 5-8 while the home team was 15-24. Dordt did hold a 41-39 rebounding edge.

De Koekkoek led with 14 points for the Defenders and Schneidermann and Schmidt both had 12. Schmidt made 6-7 field goals. Du Mez knocked in 11 and had 11 assists--her second game in row with 11 handouts. Schneidermann had a team high 11 rebounds and Schmidt grabbed six.

"Julia hit some huge shots and we were able to play without Kate on the floor for a period of time with her foul trouble," said Dordt College coach Craig Stiemsma. "We rebounded hard and played good post defense and got some stops when we needed them."

Kate Du Mez was named the Most Outstanding Player for the weekend and DeKoekkoek was named to the All-Classic team. Du Mez totaled 26 points and 22 assists with three steals and and four rebounds in the two wins while De Koekkoek had 25 points, three steals and eight rebounds.

Cornerstone was paced by Robyn Veltkamp with 15 points and Brooke Carter added 13 with Sam Flietstra getting 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Dordt is 8-8 overall and Cornerstone, a 2009 national tournament qualifier, is 6-7 and lost for the first time since December 5. Cornerstone had won four out of five heading into the game. Dordt's next play will be Monday, January 4 when they host York.

Dordt's Current Record: 8-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 6-7 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 35 28 63
Cornerstone 30 27 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 11
McKinzie Schmidt 6
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Sam Flietstra 14
Brooke Carter 9
Robyn Veltkamp 7
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 14
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Bre Schneidermann 12
Kate Du Mez 11
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Robyn Veltkamp 15
Brooke Carter 13
Sam Flietstra 12
Melissa Veltkamp 11
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/57 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/15 53%
Free Throws: 5/8 62%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/63 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 0/9 0%
Free Throws: 15/24 62%

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