Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota State

November 17, 2009

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt Lady Defenders stifled one of the top 3 point shooting teams in the NAIA en route to an impressive 91-70 win over Dakota State this evening to improve to 2-4 on the season.

Dakota State came into tonight's contest ranked tenth in the NAIA D2 in 3 point percentage at 41.5, however great perimeter defense by Dordt took away quality looks and the Lady Trojans were held to 6 of 27 (22.2%) form behind the arc. "I was really happy with our defense, especially in the first half," commented Dordt head coach Craig Stiemsa, "they have a lot of talented offensive players and a bunch of good 3 point shooters, we did a nice job shutting them down and limiting 2nd chance opportunities."

A Bailey Spencer layup with 16:38 gave Dordt a 7-6 lead and held the lead for the duration of the contest. For the next seven minutes Dordt could not stretch the lead beyond 6 points and at the 9:20 mark an Angela Green free throw cut the Dordt lead to 2 at 20-18 with 9:20 to go. Dordt would however rattle off 18 straight points and an Amber Soodsma 3 pointer at 6:01 gave Dordt a 38-18 lead and a Soodsma jumper near the end of the opening half put Dordt up 50-29 going into the break.

Although Dordt did not shoot a single free throw in the second half they were almost perfect in the first half going 14 of 15 from the charity stripe for 93.3%

Down 21 at half, the Lady Trojans could not put a dent into the 20 point cushion created by the Lady Defenders and never got closer than 20 when Alyssa Kirk hit a 3 pointer to make it 52-32 with just under 19 minutes to go. Dordt's bench saw lots of action in the second half and the Defenders were able to stretch the lead to as much as 29 on two occasions and cruised to the 91-70 victory.

"We had good bench play tonight," said Stiemsa, "with two of our bench players scoring in double figures (Brianna Spronk and Bailey Spencer each had 11). We created a lot of fast break chances and simply outran them which helped us to shoot 54%. I was also happy with the 45-28 rebounding margin we enjoyed and the 19 assists, 12 steals and 8 blocks show just how active we were all night."

The Lady Trojans started play against GPAC schools with a dominating win over #15 Sioux Falls by a score of 67-48 on November 3 but have since lost 4 straight to GPAC opponents (Briar Cliff, Hastings, DWU and Dordt).

Amber Soodsma led the Defenders with 24 points and also yanked down 9 rebounds, had 2 steals and a block. McKinzie Schmidt pumped in 14 to go along with a game high 10 rebounds. Kate Du Mez had 12 points and a game high 10 assists.

Dordt and Dakota State were almost even in turnovers with Dordt giving the ball up 19 times while Dakota State coughed up 20 TOs.

Dordt will begin GPAC play this Saturday when they play host to Dakota Wesleyan at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 2-4 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 2-4 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 50 41 91
Dakota State 29 41 70
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
McKinzie Schmidt 10
Amber Soodsma 9
Bre Schneidermann 8
Julia DeKoekkoek 5
Team Total: 45
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Lavea, Donna 5
Green, Angela 4
Bourk, Katie 4
Kirk, Alyssa 4
Team Total: 28
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 24
McKinzie Schmidt 14
Kate Du Mez 12
Bailey Spencer 11
Team Total: 91
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Washington, Ellesse 16
Perez, Sophia 14
Lavea, Donna 14
Kirk, Alyssa 10
Team Total: 70
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 37/68 54%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/11 27%
Free Throws: 14/15 93%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/61 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/27 22%
Free Throws: 16/23 70%

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