Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside

January 5, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender women dropped a 71-50 GPAC contest at home this evening against the #3 ranked Morningside Mustangs. With the loss the Defenders move to 10-5 overall and 1-4 in the GPAC while the Mustangs improve to 14-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

Dordt's lone lead of the contest came at 2-0 as the Mustangs score the next 6 to take a 6-2 lead with 16:26 to play. A pair of free throws by Dordt's Julia DeKoekkoek had the Defenders within 2 trailing 8-6 but the Mustangs scored the next 8 points to take a double digit lead at 16-6 with 11:37 to play in the half and a Shelby Beaudette layup for Morningside pushed the Mustang lead to 22-9 with 8:45 remaining. The Defenders answered with an 8 point run capped by another pair of Julia DeKoekkoek free-throws to cut the lead to 5 at 22-17 with just under 6 minutes to play in the first half. A Tanaeya Worden 3 pointer followed by a Bobbi McManaman layup gave the Mustangs their double digit lead back at 27-17 and they found themselves up by 10 again at 29-19 with 4:14 to play. The two teams combined for only 6 points over the last 4 minutes of the first half and the Mustangs took an 8 point lead into the break, up 31-23.

The Defenders committed 19 first half turnovers while Morningside only gave the ball up 7 times. Dordt was 7 of 21 from the floor in the first half while Morningside was 15 of 38. The Defenders stayed in range by shooting 9 of 10 from the charity stripe while Morningside was 0-1 and Dordt held an impressive 25 to 13 edge in first half rebounding.

Morningside opened up second half play by banging home the first 9 points to take a 40-23 lead on a Brittany Alfredson free throw with 16:42 on the clock. The Mustangs extendeded their lead to 25 points on a Bobbi McManaman 3 pointer with 13:42 to go to cap a 19-2 run for Morningside. The Defender women showed signs of life over the next six and a half minutes, outscoring Morningside 16-8 to cut the lead to 12 points at 58-46 with 7 minutes to play when Brianna Spronk finished the old-fashioned 3 point play for the Defenders. Unfortunately, the Defenders would only score 4 points over the final 7 minutes while the Mustangs scored 13 to take the 71-50 GPAC victory.

A substantial factor in the Dordt loss was the shooting difficulties of Dordt's leading scorer, Amber Soodsma who finished the night with only 2 points with her long basket coming with just under 12 minutes to go in the second half. The Defender women finished the night shooting 16-52 from the floor for 30.8% and 1-14 from behind the three point line for 7.1% On a brighter note the Dordt women had a good showing from the free throw line, going 17 of 18 for 94.4%.

Julia DeKoekkoek led the Defenders with 16 points on 5-11 from the field and 5-6 from the charity stripe. Brianna Spronk and Kara VanDyke finished with 13 points each. Spronk also pulled down a game high 13 boards while VanDyke grabbed 9, Bre Schneidermann 8 and Amber Soodsma 7.

The Mustangs finished the night shooting 40.8% on 29-71 from the field, 4-19 (21.1%) from 3 point range and 9 of 15 (60%) from the free throw line. Tanaeya Warden led the Mustangs with 13 points while Brittany Alfredson and Lauren Nugent each added a dozen. Nugent also pulled down 7 boards, as did Emily Christen.

Dordt turned the ball over 29 times to just 11 for the Mustangs and the Defenders owned a 46-36 edge in rebounding. Chelsie Trask picked up 6 steal for the Mustangs with Shelby Beaudette picking up 5.

Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma:
"Morningside's pressure led directly to turnovers that game them easy baskets that ended up putting us into a hole that was too deep to dig out of. We went to poor spots on the floor and picked up the basketball and going to the right places comes with experience and unfortunately that was a tough lesson to learn on your home court. Julia (DeKoekkoek) had a nice game tonight but we need more productivity from different players and we just didn't get that tonight."

Other GPAC results from this evening:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 64
Midland 71

Mount Marty at 76
Sioux Falls 86

Dakota Wesleyan at 55
Northwestern 100

York College at 68
Concordia 100

Doane at 64
Hastings 60

Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Sioux Falls/5-1/15-1
Briar Cliff/4-2/11-7
Mount Marty/3-3/13-5
Dordt 1-4/10-5
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-4/5-7
Dakota Wesleyan/1-6/5-12

The Defender women will travel to Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, January 8th to take on the Concordia Bulldogs at 5 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 10-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 14-2 (6-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 23 27 50
Morningside 31 40 71
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 13
Kara Van Dyke 9
Bre Schneidermann 8
Amber Soodsma 7
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Christen, Emily 7
Nugent, Lauren 7
Alfredson, Brittany 6
Ebert, Randi 4
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 16
Kara Van Dyke 13
Brianna Spronk 13
Bre Schneidermann 4
Team Total: 50
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Worden, Tanaeya 13
Nugent, Lauren 12
Alfredson, Brittany 12
McManaman, Bobbi 9
Team Total: 71
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 16/52 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/14 7%
Free Throws: 17/18 94%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 29/71 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/19 21%
Free Throws: 9/15 60%

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