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

January 15, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College women improved to 4-4 in the GPAC and 13-5 overall with a 79-67 victory over Midland University this afternoon. The Defenders used a 14 point run at the end of the first half to turn a 7 point deficit into a 7 point half time lead, a lead they would not surrender.

Dordt took a 3 point lead at 10-7 on an Amber Soodsma three point basket before the Warriors went on a 7 point run to take a four point lead at 14-10 with 14:15 to go in the first half. Trailing by 4 points, back to back baskets by Dordt's Brianna Spronk tied the game at 16-16 with just over ten minutes to play in the half. A Morgan Smeal 3 pointer gave the Warriors a 3 point advantage that was cut down to 1 by a pair of free throws by Spronk but another 3, this one from Olivia Miller gave Midland a 4 point advantage and at 6:41 a three by Shelby Rupprecht gave the Warriors a 7 point lead at 29-22. Midland owned another 3 point lead on yet another 3 pointer, this one coming from Tricia Hoffman with 2:51 to play in the half and the score 36-29. Back to back threes from senior guard Amber Soodsma made it a one point game and a Julia DeKoekkoek jumper gave Dordt the lead for good. The last 6 points of the half came from Jamie Kok as she finished an old fashioned three point play with 24 seconds to go and then buried 3 free throws with no time remaining as she was fouled at the buzzer in the act of shooting and the Defenders took a 43-36 margin in to the locker room.

Dordt opened up the second half with the momentum they enjoyed at the end of the first and jumped to a 14 point lead at 52-38 on a Bailey Spencer jumper with 14:20 to play. The Defenders opened up a 16 point margin at 67-51 with 7:53 to play on a Jamie Kok 3 pointer but 5 straight by Midland brought them to within 11 but Dordt responsed with the next 4 to go up 15 with under five minutes to play. Midland was able to get inside double digits at 76-67 but not until there was only a minute remaining and Dordt went on to take their third straight conference victory.

Amber Soodsma led all scorers with 19 as she was 7-15 from the floor, including 3-7 from three point range and a perfect 2 for 2 on free throws. Soodsma also pulled down 5 boards and had 2 steals and an assist before fouling out of the contest with less than 2 minutes remaining. Kara VanDyke had 15 points off the bench and Julia DeKoekkoek finished with 13 and Brianna Spronk added 12. Spronk had a team high 7 rebound while Bre Schneidermann pulled down 6 to go along with 2 blocked shots. The Defender women shot 49.1% from the floor and were 7-15 (46.7%) from behind the arc. Dordt shot 78.3% from the free throw line on 18 of 23 tries.

Midland was paced by Olivia Miller's 15 points and Shelby Rupprecht's 10. Jami Thramer led all players with 8 rebounds. The Warriors torched the nets from behind the 3 point line in the first half finishing 6 of 9 for 66.7% but ended with 8 of 17 from 3 point range for 47.1%

Midland earned a small edge in rebounding as they pulled down 32 while Dordt secured 30. Dordt's pressure defense forced the Warriors into 21 turnovers while Dordt lost possession on 14 times.

"We really stepped up our play during the last 4 minutes of the first half and that ended up being a big factor in the game. They were really knocking in their threes in the first half (going 6 for 9) and we just needed to stop them from getting such good looks at the basket," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "Amber (Soodsma) got hot from outside for us and Kara (VanDyke), Jamie (Kok), Bailey (Spencer) and Kayla (Broekhuis) really played well for us coming off the bench. I felt like our defense tired them out. We made up some ground in the conference and are now sitting at 4-4 in the conference and that is pretty good considering the teams that we have played so far."

Other GPAC scores from today:
Hastings at 51
Briar Cliff 79

Sioux Falls at 70
Morningside 66

Nebraska Wesleyan at 58
Mount Marty 76

Doane at 62
Northwestern 101

Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Sioux Falls/7-2/17-2
Briar Cliff/6-3/13-8
Mount Marty/5-415-6
Nebraska Wesleyan/1-7/5-10
Dakota Wesleyan/1-8/5-14

The Defenders will next host the Mount Marty Lancers on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-5 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 11-10 (3-5)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 43 36 79
Midland (NE) 36 31 67
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 7
Bre Schneidermann 6
Amber Soodsma 5
Jaimie Kok 4
Team Total: 30
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Thramer, Jami 8
Miller, Olivia 4
Rupprecht, Shelby 4
Torkelson, Megan 3
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 19
Kara Van Dyke 15
Julia DeKoekkoek 13
Brianna Spronk 12
Team Total: 79
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Miller, Olivia 15
Rupprecht, Shelby 10
Hoffman, Tricia 9
LaVern, Adrina 8
Team Total: 67
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/55 49%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/15 47%
Free Throws: 18/23 78%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/54 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/17 47%
Free Throws: 11/16 69%

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