Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

February 16, 2011

(Yankton, South Dakota) The Dordt Defenders dropped a 69-48 result to the Mount Marty Lancers in Great Plains Athletics Conference play this evening. Mount Marty improves to 21-8 overall and 11-6 in conference play while the Defenders are now 15-12 on the year and 6-11 in the GPAC.

A made free throw by Dordt's Amber Soodsma at 14:16 tied the game at 9-9, the third tie of the first half. The Lancers took their largest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 8 (24-16) on a made layup by Kylie Gross. Dordt answered with 8 straight points and a Julia DeKoekkoek 3 pointer tied the game for the fourth time (24-24) with 4:02 to play and the teams were tied again at 26-26. The Defenders outscored Mount Marty 14-4 over the final 7 minutes to take a slim 2 point lead into half-time, up 30-28.

Dordt College extended their lead to 5 (33-28) with a 3 point basket by Danelle Miedema on their first possession of the second half. The Lancers rallied by scoring the next nine points to take a 5 point lead(38-33)on a pair of Allison De Kam free throws with 16:42 to play. A 3 point bucket by Soodsma at 15:09 gave the Defenders the lead back at 39-38. Over the next 5 minutes Mount Marty outscored the Defender women 16-1 to take a 14 point lead (54-40) on a De Kam layup with 9:55 to go. From that point on Dordt College was unable to get within 12 points for the duration of the half and the Lancers coasted to the 21 point victory with Mount Marty dominating the Defenders on the scoreboard, 31 to 9, over the final 15 minutes of the contest.

Amber Soodsma led all scorers with 18 points, as the senior shot 7-16 from the floor and pulled down 5 rebounds. Julia DeKoekkoek had 9 points (including 6 of 6 from the free throw line) and a team high 8 rebounds and 5 steals. Kara VanDyke had 7 points and 6 boards while Danelle Miedema added 6 points and 2 steals.

Kylie Gross had 14 points, on 7 of 10 from the floor, for the Lancers while Allison De Kam came off the bench to also contribute 14 points. Gross also led Mount Marty with 8 rebounds while De Kam pulled down 7 and Jenny Miller had 11 points.

Dordt shot 32.7% from the floor on the night and were 6-22 (27.3%) in the second half. The Lancers finished the night shooting 46.3%, and were 16-30 (53.3%) in the final 20 minutes. Mount Marty earned a slim 34-31 advantage in rebounding and the Lancers turned the ball over 19 times while the Defenders gave it away 26 times.

"They started to penetrate and find players for good looks while we had a lot of empty possessions over the final 12 minutes and those two things combined make it extremely difficult to get back in a the ball game," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "They simply made a lot of shots and made it tough for us. Our spacing was good in the first half but not in the second and we got hurried in our offense which made things congested, causing us to turn the ball over way too often."

Other GPAC scores from tonight:
Briar Cliff at 58
Morningside 78

Nebraska Wesleyan at 67
Concordia 80

Northwestern at 108
Dakota Wesleyan 56

Doane at 85
Midland 81

GPAC Standings:
Northwestern 17-0/26-1
Sioux Falls 14-3/24-3
Morningside 14-3/23-4
Mount Marty 11-6/21-8
Briar Cliff 11-6/18-11
Doane 7-10/9-17
Dordt 6-11/15-12
Concordia 6-11/14-15
Nebraska Wesleyan 6-11/10-14
Midland 4-13/12-17
Hastings 4-13/11-17
Dakota Wesleyan 2-15/6-23

The Defenders will play their final regular season game on Saturday, February 19 when they host Doane College at 2:00 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 21-8 (11-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 30 18 48
Mount Marty 28 41 69
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 8
Kara Van Dyke 6
Amber Soodsma 5
Bre Schneidermann 2
Team Total: 31
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Gross, Kylie 8
DeKam, Allison 7
Neth, Cassie 6
Berg, Alexa 4
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 18
Julia DeKoekkoek 9
Kara Van Dyke 7
Danelle Miedema 6
Team Total: 48
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
DeKam, Allison 14
Gross, Kylie 14
Miller, Jenny 11
Forsch, Taylor 9
Team Total: 69
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 16/49 33%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 12/16 75%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/54 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/15 40%
Free Throws: 13/17 76%

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