Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Concordia

January 9, 2010

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort to upend the Concordia Bulldogs in Great Plains Athletic Conference action on Saturday, January 11 in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Defenders trailed 21-20 at halftime but outscored the #22 ranked team in the country 39-25 in the second half for the 59-46 win.

The Defenders allowed the first six points of the game but answered the run with a nine point run of their own and held the Bulldogs without a score from the 16:50 mark of the first half to the 9:20 mark to lead 9-6. Both teams struggled to make shots in the first half and that translated into a defensive struggle with neither team going on any sort of run after the initial spurts. Dordt led 18-16 on a Kate Du Mez lay up with 2:27 left in the half but Concordia outscored Dordt 5-2 over the final minutes to lead 21-20 at halftime.

A basket by Julia De Koekkoek opened the scoring and gave Dordt a lead they never relinquished as the Defenders outscored the Bulldogs 14-4 to start the half. Dordt actually pushed the lead up to 49-29 with 12:03 left in the game on a Bailey Spencer free throw and then held off the challenge by the Bulldogs. Dordt went without a basket from the 10:47 mark to the 5:05 mark, ending the drought on McKinzie Schmidt baseline jumper to make it 54-42 after Concordia had cut the lead down to 10—the closest they would get.

Another jumper by Schmidt a minute later made it 56-42 and the Defenders had enough of a lead to take the 13 point win.

Dordt was 22-58 from the floor fo4 37.9 percent and converted just 8-31 field goals in the first half. Concordia was 16-67 from the floor for the game, making just eight field goals in each half and they shot 23.9 percent for the game. The Bulldogs also converted just 3-21 three point field goals and were held to 25 points below their season average of 71 points on offense. Dordt also held a 51-44 rebounding advantage and committed 19 turnovers against the pressuring Concordia defense.

De Koekkoek led a balanced Dordt scoring attack with 15 points while Amber Soodsma shot for 14 after missing substantial time in the first half with foul trouble. Kate Du Mez scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds and five assists with two steals. McKinzie Schmidt had eight points and eight rebounds while Bre Schneidermann had a game high 12 rebounds with six blocked shots.

Concordia was paced by TaLisa Krecji with 14 points and Katie Rich and Stacy Scheer had eight points each.

Dordt is now 10-8 overall and 2-4 in the league while Concordia falls to 11-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Dordt faces Morningside on Monday night in Sioux City at 6:00.

Saturday GPAC Scores:
Concordia at 46
Dordt 59

Nebraska Wesleyan at 51
Northwestern 86

Morningside vs 69
Briar Cliff 74

Sioux Falls @ Dana late

Sunday, January 10
Mount Marty @ Hastings

Doane @ Dakota Wesleyan
GPAC Standings:
Hastings 6-0/16-2
Northwestern 6-1/15-2
Mount Marty 5-1/14-2
Briar Cliff 4-2/15-3
Sioux Falls 4-3/12-7
Morningside 4-3/11-7
Concordia 4-4/11-6
Dordt 2-4/10-8
Doane 2-4/6-11
Dakota Wesleyan 2-4/6-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-4/4-8
Midland Lutheran 1-5/5-12
Dana 0-6/2-13

Dordt's Current Record: 10-8 (2-4)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-6 (4-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 20 39 59
Concordia 21 25 46
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 12
Kate Du Mez 10
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Team Total: 51
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Stacy Scheer 8
Kristin Miller 7
Amber Quinn 7
Team Total: 44
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 15
Amber Soodsma 14
Kate Du Mez 12
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Team Total: 59
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Talisa Krejci 14
Stacy Scheer 8
Katie Rich 8
Team Total: 46
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/58 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/20 25%
Free Throws: 10/18 56%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 16/67 24%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/21 14%
Free Throws: 11/18 61%

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