Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

February 25, 2010

Game Media

(Sioux City, Iowa)

The Defender women had their season come to a close this evening as they fell 80-48 to the Briar Cliff Chargers in a GPAC quarter-final match-up. Dordt finished their season with a record of 19-13 overall, enjoying their first 19 win season since 1991-1992 and their first season over .500 in the GPAC at 10-8. The Chargers, who are ranked 8th nationally are now 25-6 and will face Northwestern on Saturday.

Three minutes into the contest Dordt and Briar Cliff were knotted at 4-4 and Dordt enjoyed a 10-7 lead with 13:47 to go on an Amber Soodsma jumper. A layup by Kela Cihak and a 3 pointer by Liz Grider, the top scorer in the nation, gave the Chargers a 12-10 advantage. Bailey Spencer would tie the score for Dordt at 12-12 on a jumper with 11:30 left in the half but a made free throw on the subsequent possession gave Briar Cliff a one point lead, a lead they would not relinquish for the duration, as they scored 9 straight to go up 21-12 with 7:16 to go. A pair of Schneidermann free throws cut the lead down to 7 at 21-14. Grider picked up her second foul with 4 minutes to go in the half but the Defenders could not make a run with her on the bench and the senior guard was subbed in during the closing seconds and made a jumper with 5 seconds on the clock to give the Chargers a 32-20 halftime lead.

Trailing by 12 the Defenders were forced out of their game plan in the second half and needed to push the pace, however Dordt was unable to get on track shooting and could not cut the lead down to single digits. Instead it was Briar Cliff that was able to get out quickly in the second half and outscored Dordt 26-8 over the first 8 minutes of play to take a 30 point lead at 56-26 with 12:40 left in the contest.

With 9:11 to go in the half the Defenders lost their senior point guard and all-time career assist leader, Kate Du Mez, who fouled out of the contest. The Defenders were not able to put a dent in the 30 point gap and the Chargers coasted to the 80-48 victory.

"Briar Cliff is a very good basketball team and you need to give them a lot of credit," commented Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "but we just never got on track in this game. It's difficult to even remember a time when we made back to back baskets tonight. We wanted to play more of a slow down game on the offensive end but couldn't do that when we trailed by more than 10 and if we could have brought the game back down to single digits it would have enabled us to be more deliberate on offense. We are certainly going to miss McKinzie (Schmidt) and Kate (Du Mez). They both have been 4 year starters in our program and they both bring so many intangibles to our team. They both work really hard, are great leaders and have been a pleasure to coach and will be missed tremendously."

Bre Schneidermann lead Dordt in scoring with 12 points and Julie DeKoekkoek added 7. Amber Soodsma and McKinzie Schmidt each had 6 while Schmidt also pulled down a game high 7 rebounds.

Liz Grider had a game high 23 points and Kelsey Evans (14), Kylie Dilla (11) and Morgan Brown (10) each finished in double digits. Grider, Salcedo and Cihak each had 5 rebounds for the Chargers.

Dordt attempted 14 less field goals than the Chargers, going 17 of 49 (34.7%) from the floor while Briar Cliff was 28 of 63 (44.4%). Briar Cliff held a 40-36 margin over Dordt in rebounds and the Defenders committed 31 turnovers while Briar Cliff gave up the ball 16 times.

GPAC Quarterfinal Results:
Sioux Falls at 49
Hastings 76

Mount Marty at 80
Northwestern 89

Dordt at 48
Briar Cliff 80

Concordia at 59
Morningside 72

GPAC Semifinals (Saturday, February 27:
(3)Briar Cliff at (2)Northwestern
(4)Morningside at (1)Hastings
Both games are scheduled to tip off at 3:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 19-13 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 25-6 (13-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 20 28 48
Briar Cliff 32 48 80
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 7
Amber Soodsma 6
Kate Du Mez 4
Julia DeKoekkoek 3
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Grider, Liz 5
Salcedo, Megan 5
Cihak, Kela 5
Below, Britney 3
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 12
Julia DeKoekkoek 7
McKinzie Schmidt 6
Amber Soodsma 6
Team Total: 48
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Grider, Liz 23
Evans, Kelsey 14
Dilla, Kylie 11
Brown, Morgan 10
Team Total: 80
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/49 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 0/5 0%
Free Throws: 14/22 64%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/63 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 18/26 69%

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