Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

January 27, 2010

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) It was definitely good to be back home for the Lady Defenders tonight as they knocked off the University of Sioux Falls 56-44 in GPAC play to improve to 14-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Good defensive pressure by Dordt early in the contest kept the Cougars off the board for almost 7 minutes. Dordt scored the first 6 points of the contest and found themselves up 6-0 with 13:51 to play on a Kate Du Mez jumper. The Cougars cut the lead in half with a 3 pointer by Dominique Schuler with 13:10 remaining. With Dordt up 10-8 USF's Chelsa Baxa hit a 3 pointer with 9:49 to go in the half to give the Cougars and 11-10 lead, a lead that they would carry in to the half with the score 23-16.

The Defenders were dominant in the opening minutes of the second half, rattling off the first nine points of the half, with a Bre Schneidermann jumper giving the Defenders a 25-23 lead at 17:38. The Cougars were able to tie the game at 25-25, but the Defenders went on another impressive run outscoring USF 18-3 over the next 5 minutes and a DeKoekkoek lay-up at 11:38 gave Dordt a 15 point cushion at 43-28.

Dordt pushed the gap to 17 points twice, taking a 49-32 lead on a pair of Du Mez free throws with 4:46 remaining and again at the 2:50 mark when a DeKoekkoek jumper gave the Defenders a 51-34 lead. A Baxa 3 pointer, followed by a Jessica Austin lay-up and a free throw by Jamey Hofer quickly cut the Dordt lead down to 11 at 51-40 with 1:45 to play. Julia DeKoekoek answered right back for Dordt with a 3 to give Dordt the 14 point advantage and the Defenders were able to coast to the 56-44 victory.

The Dordt win moves the Defenders into a 7th place tie with Mount Marty in the GPAC.

"We played some great defense tonight," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "we used our athleticism and size to really close them out and Bre (Schneidermann) was able to block a number of shots as well. Our zone defense worked very well for us and was a big key to our win. We did a much better job in the second half recovering on ball reversal. We posted Amber (Soodsma) up in the second half to get her the ball more and get her to the free throw line, that also opened other players up on cuts and screens. Kate Du Mez is doing a much better job this year in letting the game come to her and is having a tremendous season."

Du Mez's 5 assists on the evening moves her to 136 on the season, breaking the single season assist record previously held by Kristen Hommes at 134, a record set in the 1987-1988 season.

Du Mez finished the night with a game high 18 points to go along with 8 rebounds 5 assists and 2 steals. Amber Soodsma and Julia DeKoekkoek both had 12 points with 8 of Soodsma's coming from the charity stripe. Bre Schneidermann had 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for the Defenders.

Both teams struggled with turnovers in the first half with Dordt giving the ball up 14 times and USF 13, the Defenders had 19 total turnovers while USF had 20. Dordt scored 21 of its 56 points off turnovers. Dordt outrebounded Sioux Falls 40-36 and Dordt had 12 steals to the Cougars 11.

Chelsa Baxa lead USF with 9 points while Jamey Hofer and Elizabeth Hildreth both had 8.

Dordt will play host to Northwestern on Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center. Other scores in the GPAC:
Dakota Wesleyan at 55
Briar Cliff 92

Hastings at 75
Midland Lutheran 44

Morningside at 73
Mount Marty 74

Concordia at 76
Doane 79

Nebraska Wesleyan at 59
Dana 56

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 11-0/21-2
Briar Cliff 9-2/20-3 .
Northwestern 9-2/18-3
Sioux Falls 7-5/15-9
Morningside 7-5/14-9
Concordia 7-6 /14-8
Mount Marty 6-6/15-7
Dordt 6-6/14-10
Doane 5-7/9-14
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-7/7-11
Dakota Wesleyan 3-9/7-17
Midland Lutheran 2-10/7-17
Dana 0-11/2-18

Dordt's Current Record: 14-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 15-9 (7-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 16 40 56
Sioux Falls 23 21 44
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 8
Amber Soodsma 8
Kate Du Mez 8
McKinzie Schmidt 6
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Elizabeth Hildreth 7
Dominque Schuler 6
Holli Aggen 5
Jessica Austin 4
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kate Du Mez 18
Julia DeKoekkoek 12
Amber Soodsma 12
Team Total: 56
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Chelsa Baxa 9
Hofer, Jamey 8
Elizabeth Hildreth 8
Schuler, Dominique 6
Team Total: 44
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/44 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/9 33%
Free Throws: 15/22 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 15/59 25%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/28 29%
Free Throws: 6/9 67%

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