Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

January 19, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender women battled back from a double digit deficit to tie the contest at 65-65 with ten seconds to go but a lone free throw from the Lancer's Jenny Miller would be all Mount Marty would need to win 66-65 as a Dordt shot at the buzzer failed to go. With the loss Dordt College moves to 13-6 overall and 4-5 in the GPAC while the Lancers improve to 16-6 on the season and 6-4 in conference play.

Dordt College's lone lead of the game when Bre Schneidermann scored on the Defenders first possession of the night. Trailing 2-0 the Lancers outscored Dordt 15-4 over the next six minutes to take a 15-6 lead on a pair of Tierney Schumacher free throws and enjoyed double digit leads at 18-8 and 20-10. After falling behind by 10 the Defenders went on a six point run to get to within four at 20-16 with 8:16 on the clock. Mount Marty posted their third 10 point lead of the night at 30-20 with 2:25 to go on a pair of Cassie Neth free throws. Dordt scored the last three points of the half to go into the locker room trailing by seven (30-23).

The Defenders struggled with shooting problems in the first half making only nine of their 32 attempts (28.1%)while the Lancers shot 10-28 for 35.7%.

Mount Marty took their biggest lead of the night at 12, up 37-25, on a Kylie Gross layup with 17:49 on the game clock. Over the next 8 minutes the Defenders worked hard to close the gap but could get no closer than six on a couple of occasions and Mount Marty owned a 10 point lead at 52-42 with nine and half minutes remaining. A three pointer from Julia DeKoekkoek followed by a Schneidermann layup and a jumper by DeKoekkoek capped a seven point Dordt run to make it a one possession game with Dordt trailing 52-49. The Lancers rallied back and pushed their margin back to eight at 59-51 with just over 6 minutes remaining.

The Defenders trailed by seven (62-55) with 4:25 to go when a layup from VanDyke followed by an old fashioned three pointer by DeKoekkoek got the Defenders to within a basket at 62-20. A Jenny Miller free throw with 1:22 left gave the Lancer a three point gap at 65-62. Both teams were unable to score on the next possession, leaving Dordt still down 3 with 25 seconds to go and possession of the ball. Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma called time out to set up Dordt's next possession and the Lancers, with only 3 fouls in half, elected to foul the Defenders. Dordt inbounded the basketball and with 14 seconds remaining in the game Dordt freshmen guard Danelle Miedema nailed a big three point basket to tie the game at 65. The Lancers got the ball in play and Jenny Miller was fouled with 10 seconds left and made 1 of 2 to give Mount Marty the one point lead. With 10 to play Dordt got the ball in the front court and a post entry pass was bobbled and the ball was tipped out to Jamie Kok who was able to get a shot off before the buzzer but couldn't get it drop.

The Defenders had a very solid second half from the floor making 18 of 29 for 62.1%. Dordt took care of the basketball much better in the second half turning the ball over only six times in the final 20 minutes after coughing it up 13 times in the first half. Dordt owned the boards, pulling down 43 rebounds to only 26 for the Lancers.

"Even though Mount Marty only grabbed 8 offensive rebounds," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "it seemed liked they scored on every one of them.(Mount Marty did get 11 second chance points). We didn't play our best and didn't finish our shots inside but we really scrapped and battled to get back to even and we are pleased with that. It certainly breaks your heart to lose by just one to a team as good as this but you have to learn what you can from it and look forward to your next game."

The Defenders were led by Amber Soodsma and Bre Schneidermann who both had 14 points and Julia DeKoekkoek added 10. The Lancers' Cassie Neth led all scorers with 21 and Jenny Miller added 20, including the game winning free throw. Cassie Neth and Dordt's Kara VanDyke both pulled down 12 rebounds on the night.

Dordt College shot 44.3% from the floor and the Lancers finished at 40.4%. One of the big disparities on the night was in free throw shooting as the Lancers made 13 of 19 while Dordt only went to the stripe 9 times, converting on 7 as the Lancers were only whistled for 4 fouls in the second half and 7 in the first.

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Briar Cliff at 76
Northwestern 98

Midland at 62
Concordia 63

Dakota Wesleyan at 62
Morningside 81

Hastings at 62
Nebraska Wesleyan 63

GPAC Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Sioux Falls/7-2/17-2
Mount Marty/6-4/16-6
Briar Cliff/6-4/13-9
Nebraska Wesleyan/2-7/6-10
Dakota Wesleyan/2-9/6-15

Dordt College will travel to Hastings, Nebraska on Saturday, January 22 to take on the Broncos at 2 pm in GPAC play.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 16-6 (6-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 23 42 65
Mount Marty 30 36 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 12
Jaimie Kok 7
Bre Schneidermann 6
Amber Soodsma 5
Team Total: 43
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Neth, Cassie 12
Gross, Kylie 5
Schumacher, Tierney 2
Miller, Jenny 2
Team Total: 26
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 14
Amber Soodsma 14
Julia DeKoekkoek 10
Danelle Miedema 9
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Neth, Cassie 21
Miller, Jenny 20
Gross, Kylie 10
Schumacher, Tierney 8
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/61 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/11 36%
Free Throws: 7/9 78%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/57 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/20 35%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%

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