Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Doane

February 20, 2010

Game Media

(Crete, Nebraska) The Dordt College Lady Defenders have secured a home game for the first round of the GPAC tournament by winning their final 4 conference games of the regular season including a 66-52 win over the Doane College Tigers this afternoon. The Defenders head in to postseason play with a 10-8 record in the GPAC and 18-12 overall and winners of 12 of 16 since December 18.

Dordt scored the first four points of the game only to allow Doane the next 11. Dordt took the lead for good at 13-12 and held a 28-23 lead at the half. Amber Soodsma kept her hot shooting going with a fast start to the second half as Dordt built the lead to as many as 15 at 46-31 with just over 13 minutes remaining. Doane never got closer than nine and Dordt won by the 14 point margin.

"That was a big mission accomplished," stated Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma in his post-game comments, "Doane is a physical and talented team and we really wanted to beat them so that we could start the conference tournament at home. They are good at home with a 9-2 record here prior to today so it's a big win for us. Our defense was key for us again and I was very pleased with how hard our players worked and grinded it out. Kate (Du Mez) did well orchestrating our offense and Amber (Soodsma) was unstoppable on offense. We are eager to prepare for our next game and get the second season going."

Dordt was paced by Amber Soodsma's game high 27 points and Kate Du Mez added 17 while adding 3 assists. Julia DeKoekkoek had 13 and 3 steals.

Vanessa Munter was the leading scorer for the Tigers with 18 points and Nicole Skolnick had a game high 12 rebounds.

Dordt held a large advantage in shooting percentage on the Tigers with Dordt knocking down 50% of their shots (26-52) while Doane shot 34.5% (19-55). The Tigers outrebounded Dordt pulling down 38 caroms while Dordt grabbed 26 but the Defenders turned the ball over only 10 times to 16 for Doane.

The eighteen win season for the Dordt women is the first since the 1991-1992 season.

Other GPAC scores from today:
Hastings at 57
Dakota Wesleyan 46

Briar Cliff at 98
Midland Lutheran 67

Morningside at 76
Nebraska Wesleyan 41

Dana at 47
Mount Marty 76

Sioux Falls at 47
Northwestern 68

GPAC Standings:
Hastings 17-1 / 27-3
Northwestern 15-3 / 24-4
Briar Cliff 13-5 / 24-6
Morningside 12-6 / 19-10
Concordia 11-7 / 20-9
Mount Marty 10-8 / 19-9
Dordt 10-8 / 18-12
Sioux Falls 9-9 / 17-13
Doane 8-10 / 12-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-14 / 7-18
Dakota Wesleyan 4-14 / 8-22
Midland Lutheran 3-15 / 8-22
Dana 1-17 / 3-24

GPAC Schedule for Tuesday, February 23:
#1 Hastings, #2 Northwestern, #3 Briar Cliff and #4 Morningside--BYE
#5 Concordia vs #12 Dana
#6 Dordt College vs #11 Midland Lutheran
#7 Mount Marty vs #10 Dakota Wesleyan
#8 Sioux Falls vs #9 Doane

Dordt College will be the number 6 seed and will be at home on Tuesday, February 23 for a first round GPAC tournament game against 11th seeded Midland Lutheran.

Dordt's Current Record: 18-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 12-17 (8-10)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 28 38 66
Doane 23 29 52
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 4
Julia DeKoekkoek 4
Bre Schneidermann 4
McKinzie Schmidt 4
Team Total: 26
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Skolnick, Nicole 12
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 27
Kate Du Mez 17
Julia DeKoekkoek 13
McKinzie Schmidt 4
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Munter, Vanessa 18
Skolnick, Nicole 8
Upeniece, Madara 7
Shaw, Lindsay 6
Team Total: 52
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/52 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/15 20%
Free Throws: 11/17 65%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/55 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 10/15 67%

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