Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Midland (NE)

February 6, 2010

Game Media

(Fremont, Nebraska) The Defender women rebounded from a tough overtime loss on Wednesday with a well earned victory over Midland Lutheran 62-52 this afternoon to improve to 15-12 overall and 7-8 in the GPAC. The win was largely due to a stingy second half defense by Dordt that held Midland Lutheran to only 14 points over the final 20 minutes of play.

In the early going it was Midland Lutheran setting the pace offensively and a 3 pointer by Tricia Hoffman at 14:32 gave the Warriors a 10 point lead at 12-2. The Warriors enjoyed another 10 point cushion at 19-9 with exactly 11 minutes remaining in the opening half. Dordt responded with an 9 point run to cut it to 19-18 on a Schneidermann jumper with 7:05 on the clock. A pair of DeKoekkoek free throws gave Dordt a one point lead at 32-31 with just under 2 minutes to go but the Defenders were outscored 7-3 over the final minutes and trailed 38-35 at halftime.

With the score tied 43-43 a DeKoekkoek basket with 13:12 remaining gave Dordt the lead for good at 45-43. The Defenders held Midland to a mere 14 points in the second half en route to the 62-52 conference win.

"Midland came out with a lot of energy and did a great job offensively in the first half. I was very pleased with our defense in the second half. Amber (Soodsma) did a very good job for us playing post defense and our match-up zone was great in the second half holding them to 4-27 from the floor," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "The result came tougher than the score might indicate, every team in the GPAC will battle the whole entire time and you can't afford to let up at all. Our veterans made sure that we never coasted and I am really pleased with their leadership today. We are looking forward to the extra time off before we play again next Saturday."

For the second game in a row Dordt was lead in scoring by Julia DeKoekkoek as she followed up Wednesday's 30 point outburst with 20 in today's contest. DeKoekkoek was 7-11 from the floor and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Kate Du Mez added 17 points and 3 assists while Amber Soodsma had 11 points and McKinzie Schmidt had a game high 12 rebounds.

Dordt outrebounded Midland 40-38, and the Defenders had only 9 turnovers while Midland recorded 6. Dordt committed 16 personal fouls and the Warriors were called for 20. Kelli Hermsmeyer lead the Warriors with 23 points including 13 of 16 from the free throw line and also pulled down 9 boards.

Other GPAC scores today:
Briar Cliff at 64
Hastings 70

Morningside at 72
Sioux Falls 57

Dakota Wesleyan at 56
Concordia 78

Mount Marty at 67
Nebraska Wesleyan 46

Northwestern at 91
Dana 48

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 13-1/23-3
Northwestern 12-2/21-3
Briar Cliff 11-3/22-4
Morningside 9-5/16-9
Sioux Falls 8-7/16-11
Mount Marty 7-7/16-8
Concordia 8-7/17-9
Doane 7-7/11-14
Dordt 7-8/15-12
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-10/7-14
Dakota Wesleyan 4-11/8-19
Midland Lutheran 2-12/7-19
Dana 1-13/3-20

The Defender women will enjoy a week off as they next hit the hardwood on February 13 at 2:00 pm in a GPAC game against Nebraska Wesleyan in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-19 (2-12)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 35 27 62
Midland (NE) 38 14 52
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 12
Julia DeKoekkoek 7
Bre Schneidermann 4
Kate Du Mez 4
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hermsmeyer, Kelli 9
Torkelson, Megan 5
Butler, Charlay 4
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 20
Kate Du Mez 17
Amber Soodsma 11
Bre Schneidermann 8
Team Total: 62
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hermsmeyer, Kelli 23
Stephane, Danielle 6
Butler, Sharlay 6
Torkelson, Megan 6
Team Total: 52
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/46 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/6 33%
Free Throws: 20/26 77%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 16/59 27%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/21 24%
Free Throws: 15/18 83%

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