Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

December 1, 2010

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Lady Defenders dropped an 88-60 decision to the #1 ranked Northwestern Red Raiders in GPAC action this evening in Sioux Center.

Dordt held an early lead of 4-2 but allowed a ten point run that got Northwestern in front 12-4. Northwestern continued to push the lead out, leading 24-10 on a Val Kleinjan three-pointer. Dordt did put together a six point run to trim the lead to 24-16 on a jump shot by Kelly Schouten with 9:02 left in the half. Northwestern threatened to blow the game open with another run and got up 36-20 but Dordt narrowed the gap to 36-26 on a Jaimie Kok three-pointer. Northwestern would eventually take a 43-30 lead into the half.

The Defenders were never able to make a run at the top-ranked Red Raiders in the second half and lost by the final of 88-60, getting outscored 45-30 in the second half.

Dordt struggled against the Northwestern defense getting charged with 33 turnovers. Dordt was 21-42 from the floor and 13-15 on free throws while Northwestern was 33-62 from the field and 11-14 on free throws. The two teams were dead even at 26-26 on rebounds.

Dordt was led by Kok's 16 points while Amber Soodsma added 12. Soodsma also had a team high seven rebounds with two assists and two steals. Brianna Spronk added nine points and six rebounds.

Kami Kuhlmann paced Northwestern with 20 points and Becca Hurley added 18. Kuhlmann had seven assists and Val Kleinjan chipped with 12 points on 4-5 three-point shooting.

Dordt is 1-1 in the league and 7-2 overall while Northwestern is 10-0 and 3-0.The Defenders will face #4 ranked Morningside on Saturday, December 4 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Other GPAC Scores:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 61
Briar Cliff 91

Morningside at 62
Sioux Falls 61

Northwestern at 88
Dordt 60

Concordia at 72
Doane 87

Midland at 71
Hastings 64

Dakota Wesleyan at 36
Mount Marty 80


Northwestern 3-0/10-0
Morningside 3-0/8-0
Sioux Falls 2-1/8-1
Dordt 1-1/7-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-1/5-2
Mount Marty 1-1/7-3
Briar Cliff 1-1/4-6
Doane 1-1/2-7
Midland 1-1/5-4
Concordia 1-2/5-4
Hastings 0-3/5-6
Dakota Wesleyan 0-3/1-8

Dordt's Current Record: 7-2 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-0 (2-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 30 60
Northwestern 43 45 88
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 7
Brianna Spronk 6
Jaimie Kok 2
Bre Schneidermann 2
Team Total: 26
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kleinsasser, Samantha 6
De Jong, Kendra 6
Kuhlmann, Kami 4
Neth, Kristin 3
Team Total: 26
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 16
Amber Soodsma 12
Brianna Spronk 9
Kara Van Dyke 6
Team Total: 60
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kuhlmann, Kami 20
Hurley, Becca 18
Kleinjan, Valerie 12
Babcock, Melanie 11
Team Total: 88
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/42 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/10 50%
Free Throws: 13/15 87%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 33/62 53%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/21 52%
Free Throws: 11/14 79%

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