Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

February 9, 2011

(Sioux Falls, South Dakota) The Dordt College women's basketball team battled, but came up short, in their Great Plains Athletic Conference game at the University of Sioux Falls on Wednesday, February 9. Dordt got as close as three points in the second half but ended up falling 66-58 to the #4 ranked team in the country at the Stewart Center.

Dordt held a 17-12 lead with 14:10 left in the first half, only to have Sioux Falls tie it on back to back baskets. A Kara Van Dyke basket pushed the Defenders up 19-17 with 10:51 remaining and back to back baskets by Julia De Koekkoek and Amber Soodsma got the visitors up 23-18 with 8:20 to go in the half. From there the Cougars would reel off nine points in a row and 12 of the next 14 for a 30-25 advantage with 3:01 left in the half. The Defenders managed to keep the game within reach, trailing 33-27 at the half with Soodsma spending most of the final five minutes on the bench with three fouls.

Dordt got the lead down to 39-38 on a Soodsma bucket with 13:29 remaining. The Cougars extended the lead to eight only to have Dordt trim it to three with 7:41 left at 46-43. Over the next fou rminutes the Cougars outscored Dordt 9-0 and the Defenders never got closer than seven before falling by the final of 66-58.

Dordt converted 20-53 shots fro 37.7 percent and made 6-13 three-pointers while making 12-13 free throws. Sioux Falls was 19-54 on field goals and 6-28 on three-pointers and they cashed in on 22-25 free throws. Dordt held a 40-31 rebounding advantage but turned the ball over 26 times to 16 for the Cougars.

Julia De Koekkoek led the Defenders with 18 points while making 6-13 field goals and 2-4 three-point baskets. Amber Soodsma had 17 points and Brianna Spronk chipped in with six. Kara Van Dyke and Bre Schneidermann each had six rebounds for the Defenders.

Sioux Falls had five players in double figures with Jamey Hofer leading them with 15 points. The post player was 8-10 at the free throw line and had six rebounds. Laura Johnson added 13 while Holli Aggen and Chelsa Baxa each had 12. Balieigh O'Brien completed the double figure scoring with 11.

Dordt slips to 14-10 overall and 5-9 in league play while Sioux Falls is 22-3 and 12-3 in the GPAC. The two teams will meet again on Monday, February 14 in Sioux Center. Dordt will host Hastings on Saturday, February 12 while Sioux Falls is scheduled to host Nebraska Wesleyan.

GPAC Scores from Wednesday:
Briar Cliff University 84, Concordia University 66
Nebraska Wesleyan University 72, Midland University 69
Northwestern College 76, Morningside College 46 (Northwestern women clinch GPAC Regular Season Title)
University of Sioux Falls 66, Dordt College 58
Mount Marty College 55, Dakota Wesleyan University 53
Doane College 66, Hastings College 64 (OT)

GPAC Standings (through games Wednesday, February 9)

School GPAC / Overall
Northwestern 16-0 / 25-1
Sioux Falls 12-3 / 22-3
Morningside 12-3 / 21-4
Briar Cliff 11-5 / 18-10
Mount Marty 9-6 / 19-8
Nebraska Wesleyan 6-9 / 10-12
Doane 6-9 / 8-16
Dordt 5-9 / 14-10
Concordia 5-10 / 13-14
Midland 4-12 / 12-16
Hastings 4-12 / 11-16
Dakota Wesleyan 2-14 / 6-20

Dordt's Current Record: 14-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-3 (12-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 27 31 58
Sioux Falls 33 33 66
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Bre Schneidermann 6
Kara Van Dyke 6
Brianna Spronk 5
Team Total: 40
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Jamey Hofer 6
Baileigh O'Brien 6
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Julia DeKoekkoek 19
Amber Soodsma 17
Team Total: 58
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Jamey Hofer 15
Laura Johnson 13
Chelsa Baxa 12
Holli Aggen 12
Team Total: 66
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/53 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/13 46%
Free Throws: 12/13 92%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/54 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/28 21%
Free Throws: 22/25 88%

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