Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 29, 2011

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team lost a 75-60 decision to the #2 ranked Northwestern Red Raiders in Great Plains Athletic Conference action in Orange City on Saturday afternoon. The Defenders led early but a surge by Northwestern near the end of the first half and a run at the beginning of the second half stretched the lead out and Dordt could only manage a late run to get the game back to a 15 point difference.

Dordt started quickly and led 19-13 after back to back jump shots by Julia De Koekkoek and Bre Schneidermann, leading by six at the 11:21mark of the half.

From there, Northwestern would go on a 12-0 run, capping the run with a three-point shot by Allison Hulst. Northwestern eventually pushed the lead to ten, only to have Julia De Koekkoek trim the difference to eight on a Julia De Koekkoek bucket but Northwestern had an answer in the form of a Becca Hurley basket to take a ten point lead at halftime 40-30.

Northwestern never led by single digits in the second half, expanding the lead to 69-48 near the midpoint of the second half. Dordt did manage to get the difference down to 13, but didn’t have enough left to make a serious charge in the final minutes, falling 75-60.

Dordt was led by Amber Soodsma’s 18 points while Kara Van Dyke and Julia De Koekkoek each had ten points. Van Dyke had a team high 12 rebounds and blocked two shots and had three assists. Bre Schneidermann had eight points to go with eight rebounds as Dordt outrebounded Northwestern 38-30. Dordt converted 22-53 shots for 41.5 percent success but they were hampered by 26 turnovers.

Northwestern got 21 points from Kendra De Jong and 20 by Becca Hurley. Kami Kuhlmann added 16 for the Raiders and De Jong had a team high 11 rebounds. Northwestern made 30-62 shots for 48 percent.

Dordt slips to 4-7 in conference and 13-8 overall while the #2 ranked Red Raiders improve to a perfect 13-0 in conference and 22-1 overall.

GPAC scores from today:
Briar Cliff at 86
Nebraska Wesleyan 57

Doane at 43
Sioux Falls 88

Dakota Wesleyan at 69
Midland 71

Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Northwestern 13-0/22-1
Morningside 10-2/19-3
Sioux Falls 9-3/19-3
Briar Cliff 9-4/16-9
Mount Marty 7-5/17-7
Doane 5-7/7-14
Dordt 4-7/13-8
Concordia 4-8/12-11
Hastings 4-8/11-12
Midland 4-9/12-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-9/7-12
Dakota Wesleyan 2-12/6-18

Dordt College will play host to the Briar Cliff Chargers on Wednesday, February 2nd at 6:00 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-8 (4-7)
Opponent's Current Record: 22-1 (13-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 30 60
Northwestern 40 35 75
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 12
Bre Schneidermann 8
Julia DeKoekkoek 4
Brianna Spronk 4
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
De Jong, Kendra 11
Kleinsasser, Samantha 4
Hurley, Becca 3
Babcock, Mel 3
Team Total: 30
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 18
Kara Van Dyke 10
Julia DeKoekkoek 10
Bre Schneidermann 8
Team Total: 60
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
De Jong, Kendra 21
Hurley, Becca 20
Kuhlmann, Kami 16
Hulst, Allison 5
Team Total: 75
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/53 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 12/16 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/62 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/11 36%
Free Throws: 11/14 79%

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