Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Minot State

December 28, 2010

(Lake Wales, Florida) The Dordt College Defender women's basketball started off the Warner University Classic in Lake Wales, Florida this afternoon by getting a well earned 71-67 come from behind overtime victory over the Minot State University Beavers.

The Minot State Beavers, who came into the contest boasting a 9-2 record, opened the game by rattling off the first 11 points before a Kara VanDyke lay-up got Dordt on the board. The Beavers were able to push the margin to 13 points at 20-7 and again at 27-14 with 6:36 remaining in the first half. The Defender women then proceeded to knock down 9 straight points, capped by a pair of Amber Soodsma free-throws at 4:08, to cut the lead down to 4 at 27-23 as Dordt was able to force Minot State into some turnovers with their full court pressure. With under a minute to play Dordt was able to make it a 3 point ball game at 33-30 as Danelle Miedema scored on a lay-up. Dordt had a chance to tie the game going into half but a turnover gave the ball back to the Beavers. Dordt's Amber Soodsma committed a foul with less than a second left to play in the opening 20 minutes and a pair of Katie Hardy free throws gave Minot State a 35-30 lead going into half-time.

The Defenders committed 15 first half turnovers while Minot State gave up the ball on 9 occasions and the teams were tied with 19 rebounds each. Shooting percentages in the first half were very similar with Dordt shooting 44% to Minot's 42.4%.

Minot State opened up the second half with a 3 point basket to take an 8 point lead and extended their lead to 10 points at 51-41 on a Katie Hardy 3 pointer at 12:27. A layup and a jumper from Kara VanDyke made it 51-45 and a Jamie Kok three pointer cut the lead down to three at 51-48. A Kara VanDyke free throw at 10:08 ended the Dordt run of points at 8 making it a 2 point contest at 51-49. Over the next 5 minutes Dordt could get no closer than 2 points and Minot State could not pull away with the teams never separated by more than points. A Julie DeKoekkoek 3 point basket at 5:16 made it a 2 point game at 58-56 and a layup by Brianna Spronk at 4:10 gave Dordt their first tie of the game at 58-58. Neither team was able to score over the next 2 minutes of action and the Defenders got their first lead of the game at 1:58 when Bre Schneidermann nailed a jumper to make it 60-58. Minot tied the game at 60-60 and Dordt regained the lead with 66 seconds remaining in regulation as DeKoekkoek knocked home a jumper to make it 62-60. With 45 seconds to play Minot's Sacarra Molina made a layup to tie the game, Molina was fouled on the play but failed to convert the free throw leaving the game knotted at 62. Julia DeKoekoek had a chance to get the lead back for the Defenders with a missed jumper with 16 seconds to go and Minot's Caroline Folven missed a jumper at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

The Beavers had 3 chances to take the lead to start overtime as they pulled down two offensive rebounds but could not convert on any of their three shots and neither team managed to score in the first two minutes of the extra session. An Amber Soodsma 3 pointer for the Defenders gave Dordt a 65-62 lead at 2:54 and a 3 pointer from Julia DeKoekkoek made it a 6 point Dordt advantage with 1:23 to play. A pair of Kara VanDyke free throw gave the Defender an 8 point cushion at 70-62 with 36 seconds to play. Minot's first basketball in the overtime session came with 24 seconds left at Katie Hardy hit a layup to make it 70-64. A DeKoekkoek free throw made it 71-64 and Minot bank home a long three at the buzzer for the 71-67 final.

From the end of regulation into the overtime session the Defenders held Minot scoreless for five minutes and 21 seconds.

"I have a lot of respect for Minot and they are a big, physical team so that was a very big win for us and we did some things very well in that game," stated Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "We tried to press a little to get them out of their offensive rhythm as we were having trouble with their high-low game in the half court and that was fairly effective in getting us some extra possessions. We got some key baskets from our seniors in at the end of regulation and during overtime and Broekhuis gave us some great energy off the bench and Brianna Spronk came up with some big offensive rebounds for us."

Julia DeKoekkoek led all scorers with 21 points and also had 4 rebounds. Amber Soodsma had 14 points to go along with 7 boards. Kara VanDyke added 11 points for the Defenders and Brianna Spronk pulled down a game high 12 rebounds and dished out 4 assists.

The Beavers were led by Carly Boag's 15 points and 12 rebounds while Caroline folven had 13 points and 8 boards. Katie Hardy had 11 points and 4 rebounds while Sacarra Molina had a game high 8 assists.

The Defenders were 25 of 60 from the floor for 41.7% while Minot State was 26-74 for 35.1%. Dordt shot 8-23 from 3 point range for 34.8% while the Beavers were 5 of 21 for 23.8%. Dordt made 13 of 26 free throws for 50% while Minot was 10 of 16 for 62.5%.

Minot won the rebounding battle pulling down 43 caroms to Dordt's 39. Dordt turned the ball over 23 times and Minot gave up 19.

Dordt College will play Brewton-Parker at noon tomorrow (Wednesday, December 29) in their second game of the Warner Classic being played in Lake Wales, Florida.

Dordt's Current Record: 8-4 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-3 (1-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 Final
Dordt College 30 32 9 71
Minot State 35 27 5 67
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 12
Amber Soodsma 7
Bre Schneidermann 5
Kara Van Dyke 5
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Carly Boag 12
Sacarra Molina 9
Caroline Folven 8
Team Total: 49
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 21
Amber Soodsma 14
Kara Van Dyke 11
Team Total: 71
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Carly Boag 15
Caroline Folven 13
Katie Hardy 11
Team Total: 67
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/60 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/23 35%
Free Throws: 13/26 50%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/74 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/21 24%
Free Throws: 10/16 62%

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