Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Midland Lutheran
February 6, 2010
(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
Morningside at 72
Sioux Falls 57
Dakota Wesleyan at 56
Mount Marty at 67
Nebraska Wesleyan 46
Northwestern at 91
Briar Cliff 11-3/22-4
Sioux Falls 8-7/16-11
Mount Marty 7-7/16-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-10/7-14
Dakota Wesleyan 4-11/8-19
Midland Lutheran 2-12/7-19
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 (7-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-19 (2-12)
|Team||1st Half||2nd Half||Final|
|Dordt Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Kate Du Mez||4|
|Opponent Rebounding Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Kate Du Mez||17|
|Opponent Scoring Leaders||Total|
|Dordt Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||2/6||33%|
|Opponent Team Shooting||Pct|
|3-Point Field Goals:||5/21||24%|
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