Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dana

January 23, 2010

Game Media

(Blair, Nebraska) The Dordt College Lady Defenders have won back to back GPAC games for the first time this season as they beat Dana College 70-56 this afternoon to improve to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in conference play. The win gave Dordt a sweep for the week as they knocked off #12 ranked Mount Marty earlier in the week.

Dordt got off to a sluggish start in the first half and the two teams held 3 ties in the first 8 minutes at 4, 6 and 10. Dana enjoyed a 3 point lead at 15-12 on a pair of Pritchard free throws. Lay-ups by Du Mez and Spronk would give the lead to Dordt for good at 16-15 and a 3 pointer by DeKoekkoek pushed the gap to 4 at 19-15. Dordt would extend the margin even further, going on a 10 point run that was capped by another DeKoekkoek 3 ball at 22-15 in favor of the Defenders. Bree Schneidermann beat the buzzer at the end of the half, giving Dordt their largest lead of the game at 10, going to the break up 33-23.

Dordt opened the second half by scoring the first 4 points and would continue to widen the gap, pushing their advantage to a game high 25 points at 67-42 with 3 minutes to go in the contest and cruised to the 70-56 conference victory.

"It was really nice to have a win with a sizeable margin," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "it gave us a chance to rest some of our players and any time you get a win on the road in this conference it's a good win. We had a balanced night scoring with 4 players in double figures. We are looking forward to being at home for 3 very important games against USF, Northwestern and Briar Cliff. Having already played 16 games on the road it is going to be fun to be at home for 3 big games against 3 good teams."

Amber Soodsma lead the Defenders with 18 points and had a team high 6 rebounds to go with 3 assists. Julia DeKoekkoek had 10 points in the second half, finishing with 17. Kate Du Mez had 12 points and a game high 7 assists. Bre Schneidermann and McKinzie Schmidt both had 5 blocked shots.

Dana's Tricia Trotter lead all scorers with 27 points while Raelene Buschow added 18, Trotter and Buschow combined for 45 of the Vikings 56 points.

Other GPAC scores from today:
Briar Cliff at 77
Concordia 52

Doane at 52
Morningside 96

Dakota Wesleyan at 58
Nebraska Wesleyan 61

Midland Lutheran at 74
Northwestern 90

Mount Marty at 58
Sioux Falls 60

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 10-0/20-2
Northwestern 9-2/18-3
Briar Cliff 8-2/19-3
Sioux Falls 7-4/15-8
Morningside 7-4/14-8
Concordia 7-5/14-7
Mount Marty 5-6/14-7
Dordt 5-6/13-10
Doane 4-7/8-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-7/6-11
Dakota Wesleyan 3-8/7-16
Midland Lutheran 2-9/7-16
Dana 0-10/2-17

The Defenders will next play host to the University of Sioux Falls in a GPAC conference game on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:00 pm in Sioux Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 2-17 (0-10)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 37 70
Dana 23 33 56
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 6
Bre Schneidermann 4
Julia DeKoekkoek 4
McKinzie Schmidt 3
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Buschow, Raelene 13
Trotter, Tricia 8
Starns, Nicole 6
Pritchard, Brittany 5
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 18
Julia DeKoekkoek 17
Kate Du Mez 12
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Trotter, Tricia 27
Buschow, Raelene 18
Finn, Megan 5
Team Total: 56
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/48 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 20/27 74%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/57 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 14/18 78%

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