Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

January 12, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) For the second time this season the Defender women knocked off the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in GPAC play, beating the Tigers by a score of 63-50 this evening. With the win the Defenders improve to 12-5 overall and 3-4 in the GPAC while the Tigers drop to 5-14 overall and 1-8 in conference play.

The Tigers got out to an early lead owning a 7 point edge at 11-4 and again at 13-6 before taking their biggest lead of the game on a Taylor Piper jumper with 11:38 on the clock to go up 15-6. Dordt proceeded to go on a 10 point run over the next 4 minutes to take a one point lead at 16-15 on a Schneidermann jumper. The Tigers answered with a 3 point basket and a pair of free throws to take a 4 point lead at 20-16 with 6:15 left in the half. The Defenders responded with another big run, this one 13 straight points capped by an Amber Soodsma 3 pointer. The basket gave Dordt their biggest lead of the night, up 9 at 29-20, with 37 seconds to play and the half ended with the Defenders on top 29-22.

The Defenders struck first in the second half to go up 9 on a Bre Schneidermann jumper but the Tigers got a 3 pointer from Kim Johnson to get back to within 6 at 31-25. Dordt scored the next 6 points to take a 12 point lead at 37-25 on Jamie Kok jumper with 14:25 remaining. Dakota Wesleyan would not go down without a fight and banged in the next 9 points to cut the Dordt gap down to 3 at 37-34. A pair of Danelle Miedema free throws stopped the Defender scoring drought and made it a 39-34 contest with 11:51 to play. The Tigers' Brittany Pritchard answered with a 3 point basket to cut the Dordt lead to two and the Defenders found themselves up 2 again at 40-38 with just over 10 minutes to play. Owning only a 2 point cushion, the Defenders went on another run, outscoring the Tigers 14-2 over a 4 minute period to take a 54-40 lead with 5:49 to go. Ten of the 14 points in the stretch came from the free throw line as Dordt shot 10 of 12 from the stripe while the other 4 points came from Bre Schneidermann.

The Tigers were able to get it back to single digits on three occasions over the last 5 minutes but could not get any closer than 9 and the Defenders posted their second win of the season over Dakota Wesleyan in as many tries.

Brianna Spronk paced Dordt with 13 points while seniors Julia DeKoekkoek and Bre Schneidermann each added a dozen, Amber Soodsma and Jamie Kok put in 7 apiece. Dordt College shot 33.3% from the floor on 18 of 54 shooting but their point total was bolstered from the free throw line as the Defenders shot 32 free throws, converting on 24. Bre Schneidermann had a game high 10 rebounds to go with 3 blocked shots and Brianna Spronk and Kara VanDyke each pulled down 6 boards.

Dakota Wesleyan was lead by Elizabeth Lamb's 13 points and Brittany Pritchard knocked in 11 and had a team high 8 rebounds. The Tigers were 17 of 53 from the field and 10 of 15 from the free throw line.

DWU's Elizabeth Lamb and Dordt's Julia DeKoekkoek each dished out 4 assists and Dakota Wesleyan held a narrow rebounding margin pulling down 40 boards to Dordt's 38.

Other GPAC scores:
Mount Marty at 63
Briar Cliff 77

Concordia at 74
Nebraska Wesleyan 63

Midland at 56
Doane 48

Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Sioux Falls/6-2/16-2
Briar Cliff/5-3/12-8
Mount Marty/4-4/14-6
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-6/5-9
Dakota Wesleyan/1-8/5-14

Dordt College will host Midland University in conference play on Saturday, January 16 at 2:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-14 (1-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 34 63
Dakota Wesleyan 22 28 50
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 10
Brianna Spronk 6
Kara Van Dyke 6
Amber Soodsma 5
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Pritchard, Brittany 8
Hills, Brittany 6
Lamb, Elizabeth 6
Clayton, Whitnee 6
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 13
Bre Schneidermann 12
Julia DeKoekkoek 12
Amber Soodsma 7
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Lamb, Elizabeth 13
Pritchard, Brittany 11
Hart, Amanda 8
Johnson, Kim 7
Team Total: 50
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/54 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/10 30%
Free Throws: 24/32 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/53 32%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/20 30%
Free Throws: 10/15 67%

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