Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Hastings

January 22, 2011

(Hastings, Nebraska) For the second time this week the Dordt College women's basketball game was not decided until the final possession. With less than eight seconds to play and the game tied at 57-57, Hastings' Brittney Wong went the length of the court and knocked down a 17 footer to defeat the Defender women 59-57 in GPAC play Saturday afternoon in Hastings. The bucket thwarted a double-digit comeback by the Defenders in the second half of play.

Dordt trailed 34-25 at halftime with the Broncos outscoring Dordt in the final 7:26 by a 17-4 margin to turn a four point deficit into the nine point advantage.

Dordt got a three-pointer by Brianna Spronk to open the second half but the Broncos pushed the lead out to 13 almost immediately and still led by 11 at 49-38 with just under eleven minutes remaining. The Defenders wouldn't stop charging and retaliated with a bucket by Amber Soodsma and a three point shot by Jaimie Kok. Hastings made a free throw to make it 50-43 but Dordt knocked down seven points in a row with Kok hitting another three, Soodsma made two free throws and Kok knocked down a pair of free tries with 5:27 left to tie the score.

The two teams were tied at 52-52 and Juila De Koekoek three-point shot gave Dordt a 56-54 lead with 3:11 left. The teams ended up trading free throws with Hastings taking a 57-56 lead. Dordt worked the ball inside and with :06 left, the Defenders got Jaimie Kok to the free throw line where she made one of two free throws. Hastings rebounded the missed shot setting up the race up the court by Wong to win the game.

The Broncos improve to 3-8 in the GPAC and 10-12 overall while the Defenders move to 4-6 in conference and 13-7 on the year.

Dordt was led by Soodsma's 15 points while DeKoekkoek and Kok had nine points each. Kara Van Dyke had ten rebounds and Bre Schneidermann grabbed seven.

Dordt converted 6-12 three point shots and 15-23 free throws but were outrebounded 43-38. Hastings was topped by Melissa Thompson with 12 and Alicia Statler with 11. Statler also grabbed nine rebounds.

"We had what we wanted at the end of the game, we just left too much time on the clock," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "We expended a lot of energy battling back and we gave ourselves a chance to win and we are certainly please at the fact that we never gave up. Their guards are really, really physical and we dealt with that fairly well. Having a week off before taking on Northwestern will be really good for our team."

Other GPAC scores today:
Concordia at 67
Briar Cliff 72

Northwestern at 91
Midland 65

Morningside at 82
Doane 59

Sioux Falls at 43
Mount Marty 55

GPAC Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Sioux Falls/7-3/17-3
Mount Marty/7-4/17-6
Briar Cliff/7-4/14-9
Nebraska Wesleyan/2-7/6-10
Dakota Wesleyan/2-9/6-15

The Defenders will have a week off before traveling to Orange City to take on the Northwestern Red Raiders on Saturday, January 29 at 2 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-7 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 10-12 (3-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 25 32 57
Hastings 34 25 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 10
Bre Schneidermann 7
Amber Soodsma 3
Brianna Spronk 3
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Statler, Alicia 9
Spawn, Courtney 7
Thompson, Melissa 6
Petersen, Frankie 4
Team Total: 43
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Amber Soodsma 15
Jaimie Kok 9
Julia DeKoekkoek 9
Brianna Spronk 7
Team Total: 57
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Thompson, Melissa 12
Statler, Alicia 11
McDermott, Sophia 9
Wong, Brittney 8
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/53 34%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/12 50%
Free Throws: 15/23 65%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/61 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/11 27%
Free Throws: 10/15 67%

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