Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

February 5, 2011

(Lincoln, Nebraska) Nebraska Wesleyan held the Dordt College Defenders to 59 points on Saturday afternoon in Lincoln, Nebraska to score a slim 60-59 victory over the Defenders in Great Plains Athletic Conference play. The Defenders fought from behind much of the game but were never able to turn the corner in the loss.

The Prairie Wolves pushed out to a seven point lead at 22-15 with 7:16 left in the first half and were still up by seven after the two teams traded baskets with 6:35 left in the half. The Defenders proceeded to outscore the hosts 9-0 and took a brief lead at 26-24 on a three-point basket by Kayla Broekhuis at the 4:02 mark.

“During that run we able to make shots and that allowed us to set up our defense,” said Dordt College coach Craig Stiemsma. Wesleyan responded with a Shea Rasmussen three-point shot and the two teams proceeded to trade shots with Wesleyan taking a 33-31 halftime lead on four straight points.

Wesleyan outscored Dordt 16-7 to open the second half and were up 49-38 with eleven minutes left. Dordt got back in it with buckets by Julia DeKoekkoek, Brianna Spronk and Amber Soodsma. A Jaime Kok field goal got the lead down to four points, 51-47 with 6:40 left. Dordt would get no closer until Kok hit a three-point shot to cut a six point lead in half with 2:21 remaining. A basket by Wesleyan pushed the lead to five and Julia De Koekkoek would eventually make a pair of free throws to cut the lead back to three with :30 left.

After foul the Prairie Wolves made one of two free throw attempts. Danelle Miedema took a three that wouldn’t go down and after Wesleyan missed two more free throws De Koekkoek threw in a three-point shot at the buzzer for the final of 60-59.

Dordt converted just 21-68 shots from the floor and 10-17 free throws. Wesleyan made 24-59 shots and 9-16 free throws. Dordt did convert seven three point shots on 25 attempts. Nebraska Wesleyan held a 48-44 rebounding advantage and turned the ball over 21 times to 12 for the Defenders. Julia DeKoekkoek had 14 points and six rebounds while had 12 points off the bench. Brianna Spronk added 11 points and Amber Soodsma had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Wesleyan was topped by Sadie Struebing with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Mallory Shanahan had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Dordt is 14-9 overall and 5-8 in the GPAC while Wesleyan improves to 9-12 and 5-9. Nebraska Wesleyan will face Midland next while Dordt will travel to Sioux Falls on Wednesday.

Other GPAC scores from today:
Doane at 83
Briar Cliff 95

Hastings at 64
Northwestern 83

Sioux Falls at 83
Concordia 81

Mount Marty at 75
Midland 65

Standings (Team/GPAC/Overall):
Sioux Falls/11-3/21-3
Briar Cliff/10-5/17-10
Mount Marty/8-6/18-8
Nebraska Wesleyan/5-9/9-12
Dakota Wesleyan/2-13/6-19

Dordt's Current Record: 14-9 (5-8)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-12 (5-9)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 28 59
Nebraska Wesleyan 33 27 60
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 9
Amber Soodsma 8
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Mallory Shanahan 13
Sadie Struebing 12
Team Total: 48
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 14
Jaimie Kok 12
Brianna Spronk 11
Amber Soodsma 10
Team Total: 59
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Sadie Struebing 19
Mallory Shanahan 16
Team Total: 60
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/68 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/25 28%
Free Throws: 10/17 59%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/59 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/13 23%
Free Throws: 9/16 56%

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