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

February 23, 2010

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender women escaped the first round of the GPAC tournament with a 56-53 win over Midland Lutheran to advance to a quarter-final match-up with Briar Cliff on Thursday. With the win, Dordt College moves to 19-12 overall.

Neither the Defenders or Warriors were able to pull away from their opponent over the first 10 minutes of play with the margin never being larger than 3. Dordt held a 4 point lead with 9:41 to go at 16-12 but 14 unanswered points by the Warriors gave them a 10 point lead at 26-16 with 5:27 to go in the half. Over the final 5 and a half minutes of play, Dordt's quality defense, that has been a big part of their success this season, held Midland Lutheran to only one field goal and Dordt outscored the Warriors 15-2 to take a 31-28 lead into the half.

Midland scored the first two points of the second half on a pair of free throws to cut the Dordt lead down to 1 at 31-30 but Dordt knocked in the next 8 points to go up 39-30 on a Soodsma jumper with 13:43 to play. Dordt was up 9 again at 41-32 with 12:32 to play but back to back 3 pointers by Midland's Hoffman and Butzke cut the margin down to 3 at 41-38 with 11:04 on the clock. Dordt went back up 5 at 43-38 when Bre Schneidermann hit a jumper at at 10:37. Two straight field goals by the Warriors cut the lead to one again at 43-42 and Dordt also had a one point lead at 45-44 with 7:14 left.

Up only a point with just over 6 minutes remaining Amber Soodsma nailed a key 3 pointer to give the Defenders a 4 point cushion at 48-44. Midland was able to cut it down to 2 but a free throw by Spencer and an old fashioned 3 pointer by Schneidermann at 4:49 gave Dordt a 6 point margin at 52-46. Dordt pushed the lead to 8 at 56-48 on a jumper by Soodsma with 2:28 to play. Down 8 points Midland answered with the next 5 to make it a 3 point game with 52 seconds to go. The Defenders were unable to score any points over the final 2 and a half minutes of play and Midland's attempt to tie the game on a Torkelson 3 pointer with 4 seconds left failed and the Defenders came away with the 56-53 victory.

"I really thought we actually executed pretty well," noted Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "we just couldn't get our shots to fall. If we would have made our free throws we may have been able to create some distance with Midland. We played good defense, especially in the post, and we rebounded well so we survive and advance and that is a lot better than the alternative. You have to give Midland some credit as well, they played hard."

With her game high 18 points, Dordt's Amber Soodsma became the all-time single season scoring leader with 493 points. Soodsma also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Julia DeKoekkoek, who got into some early foul trouble, finished with 10 point. Kate Du Mez had a game high 5 assists and also pulled down 7 boards, as did McKinzie Schmidt.

Midland had 3 players in double figures, Hermsmeyer with 15, Butzke with 13 and Torkelson with 10. Midland held a one board rebounding edge on the Defenders at 36-35. The Warriors had 16 turnovers while Dordt gave it up 12 times.

The Defenders struggled from the free throw line going 5 of 12 (41.7%) while Midland was 11 of 14 (78.6%). Dordt shot 23 of 56 (41.1%) from the floor while Midland was 19 of 51 (37.3%)

GPAC First Round Scores:
(11) Midland Lutheran at 53
(6)Dordt 56

(9)Doane at 51
(8)Sioux Falls 63

(12)Dana at 54
(5)Concordia 79

(10)Dakota Wesleyan at 41
(7)Mount Marty 61

GPAC Quarterfinals (Thursday, February 25):
(1) Hastings vs. (8) Sioux Falls
(2) Northwestern vs. (7) Mount Marty
(3) Briar Cliff vs. (6) Dordt
(4)Morningside vs. (5)Concordia

Dordt will travel to Sioux City to play the #3 seed Briar Cliff at 7:30 pm on Thursday, February 25.

Dordt's Current Record: 19-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 8-23 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 25 56
Midland (NE) 28 25 53
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Kate Du Mez 7
Amber Soodsma 6
Julia DeKoekkoek 5
Team Total: 35
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hermsmeyer, Kelli 8
Hoffman, Tricia 7
Stephan, Danielle 6
Butzke, Kerry 4
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 18
Julia DeKoekkoek 10
McKinzie Schmidt 8
Brianna Spronk 8
Team Total: 56
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hermsmeyer, Kelli 15
Butzke, Kerry 13
Torkelson, Megan 10
Hermsmeyer, Kellie 8
Team Total: 53
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/56 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/13 38%
Free Throws: 5/12 42%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/51 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/21 19%
Free Throws: 11/14 79%

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