Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

February 17, 2010

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt Defender women move over the .500 mark in the GPAC with a come from behind victory to knock off the Mount Marty Lancers 60-59 tonight. With the win Dordt improves to 17-12 overall and 9-8 in conference play and have now won 3 games in a row.

Dordt got out of the gate early and found themselves up 7-0 two and a half minutes into the game. The Lancers answered with the next 7 points on the night tying the game at 7-7 with 14:31 to go in the half. Dordt was able to open up a 6 point lead at 19-13 with 6:46 to go on a Bre Schneidermann jumper but back to back 3 pointers by Michelle Amundson for Mount Marty tied the game for the third time at 19-19 with 5:49 to go. The teams were tied again at 24-24 and a pair of free throws by Kate Du Mez gave Dordt a lead at 26-24. Jenny Miller and Alexa Berg both knocked down 3 pointers to give Mount Marty a 30-26 advantage before Julia DeKoekkoek's shot from behind the arc made it a 30-29 game and the Lancers went into half time with a 2 point lead at 31-29.

Mount Marty got off to a quick start in the second half outscoring the Defenders 11-2 over the first 3 minutes and took an 11 point lead at 42-31 with 16:42 to play. Down 11, Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma call time out with 16:08 on the clock and the break paid off for the Defenders as they responded by scoring the next 6 points to cut the Lancers lead down to 5 at 42-37. A 3 pointer by Alexa Berg with 13:41 put the game at 48-39 in favor of the Lancers but a layup by Bre Schneidermann at 13:28 and a free throw at 12:47 made it a 6 point game at 48-42.

Neither team was able to find the bucket over the next 3 minutes until Mount Marty's Jenny Miller scored on a layup at the 9:21 mark to make it a 50-42 ball game. Julia DeKoekkoek hit a big 3 to cut the lead back to 5 at 50-45 at 9:04. At 7:20 a layup by Kendra Schomer for Mount Marty made it a 54-49 game until DeKoekkoek hit another 3 pointer for Dordt followed by a Schneidermann jumper to tie the game at 54-54 at 3:58. A pair of free throws for Mount Marty made it 56-54, that was answered by a baseline jumper by Dordt's McKinzie Schmidt to tie it at 56-56. A made free throw by Schomer and 2 more from Cassie Neth at 1:08 gave the Lancers a 3 point lead at 59-56 with just over a minute to go. A turn around baseline jumper by McKinzie Schmidt after an assist from Amber Soodsma made it a 1 point ball game at 59-58 with 57 seconds left.

On the Lancers next possession, great defense by Dordt's Amber Soodsma forced a tough shot by Michelle Amundson that missed and was rebounded by Soodsma. Down a point, senior point guard Kate Du Mez nailed a 16 foot jumper with 32 seconds to go to give Dordt their first lead of the half.

Mount Marty called a time out with 17 seconds to go and after the time out Michelle Amundson's 3 point attempt failed and the resulting loose ball ball was pounced upon by multiple players from both teams but nobody could get a handle on it and the ball went out with 1.1 seconds to go and was awarded to Dordt. The Defenders inbounded the ball deep into the back court and Mount Marty's Kyle Gross was able to get it 80 feet from the Lancer basket but could not get a shot off as time expired with Dordt getting the crucial victory. The Lancers did not score a field goal over the last 7 minutes and 20 seconds.

"Although we shot poorly in the first half (33%) we did well to hang in there. Amber (Soodsma) was huge for us defensively down the stretch and McKinzie (Schmidt) and Kate (Du Mez) worked well together late in the game. It's now down to a very important game for us down in Crete on Saturday," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma after the game.

Julia DeKoekkoek lead Dordt in scoring with 18 points, going 6-16 from the floor and 2-2 from the stripe. Bre Schneidermann finished the night with a double double, scoring 11 points and pulling down a game high 11 rebounds. Amber Soodsma added nine points for the Defenders and McKinzie Schmidt's 8 points enabled her to join the 1,000 point club as she ended the contest with 1,003 career points. Kate Du Mez had a game high 7 assists and 3 steals.

Jenny Miller had a game high 19 points for the Lancers who narrowly outrebounded the Defenders 41-38. Mount Marty shot 25 three point baskets on the night, making 10 and finished 17-56 from the floor for 30.4%. Dordt was 24-63 for 38.1% on the night, Mounty Marty was 15-17 from the charity stripe and the Defenders were 6 of 8.

Other GPAC scores:
Morningside at (OT) 85
Briar Cliff 76

Midland Lutheran at 47
Doane 62

Nebraska Wesleyan at 39
Concordia 85

Dakota Wesleyan at 49
Northwestern 102

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 16-1/26-3
Northwestern 14-3/23-4
Briar Cliff 12-5/23-6
Morningside 11-6/18-10
Concordia 11-7/20-9
Mount Marty 9-8/18-9
Dordt 9-8/17-12
Sioux Falls 9-8/17-12
Doane 8-9/12-16
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-13/7-17
Dakota Wesleyan 4-13/8-21
Midland Lutheran 3-14/8-21
Dana 1-16/3-23

The Lady Defenders will travel to Doane on Saturday, February 20 for their last regular season of the game which begins at 2:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 17-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-9 (9-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 31 60
Mount Marty 31 28 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 11
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Brianna Spronk 5
Kate Du Mez 5
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Neth, Cassie 10
Schomer, Kendra 7
Amundson, Michelle 6
Gross, Kylie 3
Team Total: 41
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 18
Bre Schneidermann 11
Amber Soodsma 9
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Team Total: 60
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Miller, Jenny 19
Amundson, Michelle 16
Schomer, Kendra 9
Neth, Cassie 7
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/63 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/15 40%
Free Throws: 6/8 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/56 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/25 40%
Free Throws: 15/17 88%

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