Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Sioux Falls

February 14, 2011

Game Media

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender women dropped a 61-48 result to the University of Sioux Falls Cougars in GPAC play this evening. With the win the Cougars improve to 24-3 overall and 14-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference while Dordt moves to 15-11 overall and 6-10 in conference play.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the first half as the Defenders shot 29.2% (7-24) while the Cougars were 10 of 27 for 37% and the two sides combined for 42 first half points. Neither team was able to create any distance in the opening 20 minutes and they were tied at 2-2 and again at 15-15 with Dordt enjoying their biggest lead at 18-15 with 3:35 remaining and the Cougars biggest margin was 5 points which they posted twice, up 13-8 and and 15-10 and the Cougars took a 4 point break into the second half on a Chelsa Baxa 3 point basket with 25 seconds remaining.

The Cougars warmed up from behind the arc in the second half, knocking in their first 5 three points attempts of the half to take a 19 point lead (51-32) with 10:17 to play and another 3 point basket with 5:30 left gave USF their biggest lead of the game at 22 (58-36).

The Defender women outscored Sioux Falls 12-3 over the final 5 and a half minutes but it would not be enough to overcome the large deficit and the 61-48 final was the closest Dordt would get.

Dordt's Kara VanDyke led all scorers with 20 points on 5 of 10 from the floor and a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, VanDyke also pulled down a game high 8 rebounds. Amber Soodsma had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Chelsa Baxa paced the Cougars with 14 points, including 4 of 6 from 3 point range and also pulled down 7 caroms while Jamey Hofer had 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Dordt finished the night shooting 29.2% (14-48) while USF ended at 41.1% and were 13-29 in the second half. The Cougars earned a slight edge in rebounding, pulling down 38 boards to Dordt's 34 and the Cougars coughed up the ball 15 times to the Defenders' 18.

"It was a frustrating night for us in that we weren't allowed any freedom of movement in the contest and we had to completely adjust our style of play. I was very happy with the composure that our players showed," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "We defended well in the first half and kept the game at the pace we wanted. You have to give credit to Sioux Falls, they really shot the ball well in the second half. One of our seniors reminded us that we have to forget this game, have a great practice tomorrow and look to play a great game on Wednesday, and that was exactly the reminder we needed after that loss."

GPAC Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
Northwestern 16-0/25-1
Sioux Falls 14-3/24-3
Morningside 13-3/22-4
Briar Cliff 11-5/18-10
Mount Marty 10-6/20-8
Dordt 6-10/15-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 6-10/10-13
Doane 6-10/8-17
Concordia 5-11/13-15
Midland 4-12/12-16
Hastings 4-13/11-17
Dakota Wesleyan 2-14/6-22

Dordt College will travel Yankton, South Dakota on Wednesday, February 16 to take on the Mount Marty Lancers at 6:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 15-11 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 24-3 (14-3)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 19 29 48
Sioux Falls 23 38 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 8
Amber Soodsma 6
Brianna Spronk 5
Danelle Miedema 5
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hofer, Jamey 7
Baxa, Chelsa 7
Hildreth, Elizabeth 4
Johnson, Laura 4
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 20
Amber Soodsma 11
Brianna Spronk 5
Julia DeKoekkoek 3
Team Total: 48
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Baxa, Chelsa 14
Hofer, Jamey 11
Hildreth, Elizabeth 9
Aggen, Holli 8
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 14/48 29%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/8 25%
Free Throws: 18/22 82%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/56 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/23 39%
Free Throws: 6/9 67%

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