Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Concordia (NE)

January 8, 2011

(Seward, Nebraska) The Dordt College women grabbed a 71-61 win against the Concordia Bulldogs this evening to improve to 2-4 in the GPAC and 11-5 overall while Concordia falls to 2-6 in conference and 9-8 on the year.

The Defenders appeared to have a slow start warming up after the long ride to Seward, Nebraska and found themselves down 10-2 early in the ball game. Dordt was able to tie the game at 16-16 and took the lead at 19-16. Dordt trailed again at 23-19 but took the lead for good at 27-26. Up 34-28, Dordt had a chance to extend their halftime lead but a turnover enabled an additional possession for the Bulldogs and Conahan hit a 3 point basket at the buzzer to cut the lead down to 3 at 34-31 at the break.

Concordia opened the second half scoring with a free throw to cut the Dordt lead down to 2 at 34-32 but the Defenders would go on a 9-2 run to take a 43-34 lead with under 15 minutes to play.

"Our players really battled well tonight for an entire 40 minutes and I am ecstatic about getting a win here," stated Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsa. "Overall it was our best defense so far and we really got a great night from our bench. This really gives us some confidence coming off of our performance on Wednesday. We did well from the free throw line down the stretch and it was just a fantastic effort from our players all the way around."

Brianna Spronk and Julia DeKoekkoek paced the Defenders with 17 points each as Dordt College shot 45% from the floor. Jamie Kok finished the night with 11 points and Amber Soodsmas had 10. Kara VanDyke led Dordt with 7 rebounds and Soodsma, Schneidermann and Spronk pulled down 7 apiece.

Kristen Conahan was the top scorer for Concordia with 13 points and she was the only Bulldog in double figures as they shot 31% from the floor. Lori Laboda led all players with 8 rebounds and Dordt held a slim 39 to 36 edge in rebounding.

Both teams shot well from the charity stripe with Dordt College hitting 16 of 19 for 84% while Concordia made 18 of 21 for 86%.

Other GPAC Score from Today:
Sioux Falls 70
Midland 61

Northwestern 79
Nebraska Wesleyan 71

Dakota Wesleyan 51
Doane 57

Hastings 66
Mount Marty 67 (OT)

Morningside 94
Briar Cliff 79

GPAC Standings:
Sioux Falls/6-1/16-1
Mount Marty/4-3/4-5
Briar Cliff/4-3/11-8
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-5/5-8

The Defenders will host the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers on Wednesday, January 12 at 6:00 in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-8 (2-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 37 71
Concordia (NE) 31 30 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 7
Brianna Spronk 6
Bre Schneidermann 6
Amber Soodsma 6
Team Total: 39
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Laboda, Lori 8
Miller, Kristin 6
Kistler, Amber 3
Martin, Dawn 3
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 17
Brianna Spronk 17
Jaimie Kok 11
Amber Soodsma 10
Team Total: 71
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Conahan, Kristen 13
Nutter, Treva 9
Rich, Katie 9
Ommen, K. 8
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/53 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/22 32%
Free Throws: 16/19 84%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/61 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/22 23%
Free Throws: 18/21 86%

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