Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

February 3, 2010

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) In what can only be described as a heartbreaking loss, the Lady Defenders fell to Briar Cliff in overtime 79-76 after having not surrendered the lead at any point during regulation play this evening. With the loss the Defenders move to 14-12 overall and 6-8 in conference play.

In the first 8 minutes of play the game was tight with the biggest lead being 3 points at 12-9 and 15-12, both advantages coming on Julia DeKoekkoek three pointers. The Chargers tied the game for the 5th time at 15-15 on a Morgan Brown basket from behind the arc. Dordt answered by going on a 12 point run punctuated by a Bre Schneidermann jumper with 8:15 to play to put the Defenders up 27-15. Briar Cliff cut the lead down to 5 on a pair of Liz Grider free throws but the Defenders were able to extend their lead to 8 by half-time going into the break up 37-29.

The Defenders pushed the lead to nine points on three separate occasions in the first 9 minutes of second half action and found themselves up 51-42 with 11:36 to play on a DeKoekkoek layup. Briar Cliff closed to within 3 at 55-52 with 6:57 to play on a Megan Salcedo layup. Dordt responded again with a 7 point run capped by a pair of Soodsma free throws with 4:48 to go giving the Defenders a 10 point lead at 62-52. The Chargers outscored Dordt 10-1 during the next 3 minutes and Kylie Dilla free throws made it 63-62 with 1:45 on the clock. A Kate Du Mez jumper at 1:19 gave Dordt a three point lead at 65-62 and an Amber Soodsma free throw with 16 seconds left gave Dordt a 4 point advantage at 66-62. A Michelle Determan layup with 1.4 seconds to go put the score at 66-64 and BCU called a time-out. On the ensuing inbounds play Kate Du Mez was called for a push off giving the ball back to the Chargers. Briar Cliff inbounded and Kylie Dilla knocked down a buzzer beating jumper to tie the score at 66 and push the contest into overtime.

Dordt opened the overtime frame with a McKinzie Schmidt basket to give Dordt the 2 point lead which was answered by a Liz Grider jumper to tie it at 68. A DeKoekkoek free throw and a jumper by Amber Soodsma gave Dordt a 3 point cushion at 71-68. A basket by Grider got the Chargers to within one and a pair of Morgan Brown free throws with 1:36 left gave the Chargers their first lead of the contest at 72-71. Two more Grider free throws pushed the BCU advantage to 3 at 74-71 but a DeKoekkoek old fashioned 3 point play with 57 seconds to go tied the tilt at 74. Liz Grider gave the Chargers a two point lead on a jumper with 41 seconds to go and made it a 4 point game on a pair of free throws with 24 seconds remaining on the clock. Dordt came up empty on their next trip down the floor and a Kylie Dilla free throw with 13 seconds to go put the score at 79-74. With time running down Julia DeKoekkoek knocked in her 29th and 30th points of the night but it would not be enough as time ran out with Dordt falling to the #4 ranked Chargers after an impressive outing for the Defender women.

"We did everything we could to give ourselves a chance to win the game," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "I don't think we could have given any more effort. We executed well, we played with everything we had, so it is certainly difficult to deal with this loss. We tried to limit their possessions offensively and Julia (DeKoekkoek) had a big night for us and it was good to see her get on a roll like that. It was a disheartening loss but we need to look forward and start getting ready for the next game." Julia DeKoekkoek lead all scorers with 30 points on 9-15 from the floor and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. Amber Soodsma had 17 points, 9 rebounds and a steal. McKinzie Schmidt finished with 12 points and 8 boards while Bre Schneidermann had 10 points and 4 blocked shots.

Liz Grider, the leading scorer in the country, finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists going 7 of 23 from the floor and 13 of 15 from the free throw line.

Dordt outrebounded the Chargers 43-38. Dordt had 28 turnovers on the night with Briar Cliff giving the ball up 19 times.

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Hastings at 67
Concordia 65

Sioux Falls at 68
Dakota Wesleyan 42

Mount Marty at 60
Northwestern 67

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 12-1/22-3
Briar Cliff 11-2/22-3
Northwestern 11-2/20-3
Morningside 8-5/15-9
Sioux Falls 8-6/16-10
Concordia 7-7/16-9
Doane 7-7/11-14
Mount Marty 6-7/15-8
Dordt 6-8/14-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-9/7-13
Dakota Wesleyan 4-10/8-18
Midland Lutheran 2-11/7-18
Dana 1-12/3-19

Dordt will next travel to Fremont to take on Midland Lutheran with the game scheduled for a 2:00 pm start.

Dordt's Current Record: 14-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 22-3 (11-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 37 29 10 76
Briar Cliff 29 37 13 79
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 9
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Kate Du Mez 6
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Liz Grider 9
Megan Salcedo 5
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 30
Amber Soodsma 17
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Bre Schneidermann 10
Team Total: 76
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Liz Grider 28
Morgan Brown 16
Kylie Dilla 11
Megan Salcedo 10
Team Total: 79
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/56 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 22/29 76%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/68 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/23 30%
Free Throws: 20/27 74%

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