Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

January 20, 2010

Game Media

(Yankton, South Dakota) The Dordt Defenders knocked off the #12 ranked Mount Marty Lancers by a score of 62-57 this evening to improve to 12-10 overall and 4-5 in the GPAC conference while the Lancers dip to 14-6 overall and 5-5 in conference play.

Although the Defenders struggled in the early stages of the game with turnovers they were still able to get a 4 point lead at 9-5 on a Bailey Spencer basket with 14:19 to go in the first. The Lancers than outscored Dordt 14 to 3 over the next 7 minutes and took a 7 point lead with 7:13 remaining at 19-12. The Defenders battled right back and over the next 6 minutes outscored Mount Marty 18-10 to take a 30-29 lead with 44 seconds to go following an Amber Soodsma 3 pointer. The Lancers' Kendra Schomer answered right back with a 3 of her own to give the Lancers a 32-30 half-time lead.

An Amber Soodsma jumper at the 18:45 mark gave the Defenders a 2 point lead at 36-34, a lead they would not relinquish for the duration of the game. Dordt outscored Mount Marty 11-2 to open the half and the Defenders had a 7 point lead at 41-34 with 15:24 to go.

The Lancers came back to tie the game at 47-47 with 8:54 on the clock on a Kylie Gross jumper but Dordt responded with an 8-0 run to go up 55-47 at the 5:25 mark, with the last 2 points coming on a pair of Du Mez free throws. Mount Marty was able to make a rally of their own and cut the Defender lead to 1 at 58-57 with 29 seconds to go. Amber Soodsma was a perfect 4 for 4 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the Dordt victory, a well earned win on the road.

"That was great GPAC win on the road for us," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "we are excited about the win even though the players might not be showing a lot of emotion out on the court. We had a great effort all night and we played solidly down low, I was very happy with the play from our bench tonight. Amber had a great night not just with scoring but also a very good defensive effort against a very tough opponent. I was please with the way we defended their 3 point game."

The Defenders owned the boards with a convincing 45-35 margin in rebounds, with both teams pulling down 7 on the offensive end. Mount Marty was charged with 6 turnovers to Dordt's 13, while Dordt had 7 blocked shots with just one for the Lancers.

Soodsma finished the night with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists for the Defenders while McKinzie Schmidt and Kate Du Mez both pulled down 10 rebounds.

Mount Marty was lead by Jenny Miller's 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

Other scores around the GPAC:
Northwestern at 75
Briar Cliff 85

Nebraska Wesleyan at 61
Hastings 83

Midland Lutheran at 69
Concordia 73

Dordt at 62
Mount Marty 57

Dana at 45
Doane 73

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 10-0 / 20-2
Northwestern 8-2 / 17-3
Briar Cliff 7-2 / 18-3
Concordia 7-4 / 14-6
Sioux Falls 6-4 /14-8
Morningside 5-4 /12-8
Mount Marty 5-5 / 14-6
Dordt 4-6 / 12-10
Doane 4-6 / 8-13
Dakota Wesleyan 3-6 / 7-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-7 / 5-11
Midland Lutheran 2-8 / 7-15
Dana 0-9 / 2-16

The Lady Defenders will travel to Blair Nebraska on Saturday, January 23 to take on Dana College at 2:00 pm in a GPAC contest.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-6 (5-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 32 62
Mount Marty 32 25 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Kate Du Mez 10
Bre Schneidermann 5
Amber Soodsma 5
Team Total: 45
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Gross, Kylie 10
Neth, Cassie 7
Amundson, Michelle 6
Miller, Jenny 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 26
Bre Schneidermann 9
Julia DeKoekkoek 9
Bailey Spencer 8
Team Total: 62
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Miller, Jenny 17
Neth, Cassie 14
Gross, Kylie 12
Schomer, Kendra 9
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/49 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/15 40%
Free Throws: 20/29 69%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/63 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/24 29%
Free Throws: 12/16 75%

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