Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Warner

December 31, 2010

(Lake Wales, Florida) Dordt College defeated host school Warner University 63-43 this evening in Lake Wales, Florida to sweep their 3 matches in the Holiday Inn Classic and improve to 10-4 on the season while the Lady Royals fall to 4-10 on the year.

Dordt College put up the first 5 points on the board on a Miedema jumper followed by an Amber Soodsma 3 pointer while the first points for Warner came on a 3 pointer at the 17:06 mark. Dordt held a 5 point lead again at 8-3 before Warner warmed up and outscored Dordt 8-2 over the next two minutes to take an 11-10 lead at 13:38 The two sides traded the lead 4 more time before Dordt regained the lead for good at 17-16 and outscored the Royals 20-8 over the last 10 minutes to take an 11 point lead into half-time up 35-24.

The shots were not falling for the Lady Royals in the first half who were without leading scorer Ivana Soberal, as they posted a 25.8 shooting percentage while Dordt College shot 43.8% from the field with Amber Soodsma posting 13 first half points for the Defenders.

It would be Warner to score first in the second half to make it a single digit lead for Dordt College but back to back three pointers from freshman Danelle Miedema gave the Defenders a 14 point cushion at 41-27 and extended the gap to 17 at 46-29 on a Julia DeKoekkoek shot from behind the arc. The Royals were able to pull within 13 at 51-38 but could get no closer as Dordt cruised to the 20 point victory.

Solid defense by the Defenders forced Warner to shoot only 17.6% from the floor in the second half and Dordt owned a substantial 53-38 edge in rebounds on the evening.

Danelle Miedema and Amber Soodsma paced the Defender women with 13 points a piece with each player making 3 shots from behind the arc. Soodsma also pulled down 5 boards and dished out 3 assists while Miedema added 3 assists. Julia DeKoekkoek finished with 10 points and 7 rebounds and Kara Van Dyke added 8 points while also pulling down 7 caroms. Bre Schneidermann led the Defenders with 8 rebounds and also posted 3 blocked shots.

Warner had no players in double figures for scoring with Shawnelle Campbell and Tracy Gentry leading the team with 8 each while Sammie Clark led the team with 8 rebounds.

Dordt College was 43% from the floor on the night while Warner struggled shooting only 22%. Dordt had twice as many 3 pointers as the Royals with Dordt knocking down 8 to Warner's 4. The Defenders gave the ball away 25 times leading to 24 points off turnovers for Warner and the Royals turned it over 17 times.

Dordt College Head Coach Stiemsma in commenting on the game said, "It was great to come down here and pick up three wins before entering into conference play next week. We played pretty well on defense tonight and their coach even commented that they had not seen defensive players like the likes of Amber (Soodsma) and Bre (Schneidermann) this season. There were points where we didn't shoot the ball particularly well but we got some good play from our bench and we rebounded decently. Now we can practice tomorrow and put our focus on Morningside."

Dordt will return to Sioux Center and resume GPAC play with a home game against Morningside on Wednesday, January 5 at 6:00 pm followed by a trip to Seward, Nebraska to take on Concordia on Saturday, January 8 at 5:00 pm. Morningside is currently ranked #3 in the NAIA Division 2 while Concordia is receiving votes.

Dordt's Current Record: 10-4 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 4-10 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 35 28 63
Warner 24 21 43
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 8
Kara Van Dyke 7
Julia DeKoekkoek 7
Brianna Spronk 6
Team Total: 53
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Clark, Sammie 8
Reeves, Kiara 6
Campbell, Shawnelle 4
Smith, Candace 3
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 13
Danelle Miedema 13
Julia DeKoekkoek 10
Kara Van Dyke 8
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Gentry, Tracy 8
Campbell, Shawnelle 8
Reeves, Kiara 7
Clark, Sammie 6
Team Total: 43
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/58 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/24 33%
Free Throws: 5/8 62%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 14/65 22%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/22 18%
Free Throws: 11/20 55%

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