Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

November 22, 2011

(Yankton, South Dakota) A late rally by the Dordt College women's basketball team came up just a little short as the Defenders fell 69-63 to the Mount Marty Lancers in a GPAC contest played in Yankton, SD this evening (November 22, 2011). The Defenders move to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play while the Lancers improve to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the GPAC.

Dordt led in the early going in Yankton and enjoyed a 7 point lead (9-2) on a Brianna Spronk jumper with 15:49 to go in the first half but the Lancers got going and outscored the Defenders 16-2 over the next four minutes to take a 7 point lead (18-11)with 12:07 left in the half and never trailed again in the contest.

The Defender women answered back with 6 straight to get within a point (18-17) and were within one on two other occasions before tying the game at 30-30 with 3:14 left on the clock but the Lancers took a 6 point lead into the break, leading 37-31.

Mount Marty pushed their lead quickly into double digits in the second half with back to back layups to go up 10 (41-31) less than 90 seconds into the session. A Brianna Spronk jumper cut it to 8 and Mount Marty proceeded to outscore Dordt 11-2 to take a 15 point lead (52-35) with 14:46 left in the half.

The Lancers continued to lead by 15 (62-47) with 5:41 to play when the Defenders made a huge run, scoring 13 unanswered points to make it a 2 point (62-60) ball game with 1:17 remaining but Dordt could get no closer. The Lancers were 7 of 8 from the free throw line down the stretch and extended their advantage to 9 (69-60)before 3 late points by Kayla Gesink finished off the scoring to make the 69-63 final.

"Early on we just couldn't make any sustained runs," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "We would get a couple baskets and then we would either lose the ball or they would make a bucket. We had some good looks against that 1-3-1 zone but just didn't manage to make any of the three pointers fall. We made a great run at the end but it just came too late. We have great team chemistry but the cohesiveness isn't there yet."

Dordt College outboarded the Lancers, pulling down 41 caroms to 33 for Mount Marty, and the Defenders had 21 turnovers with the Lancers giving it up 17 times.

Dordt experience significant shooting woes from 3 point range as the Defenders were 1 of 16 (6.3%) from behind the arc while Mount Marty made 10 of 25 (40%). Both teams were consistent from the charity stripe with Dordt making 12 of 15 (80%) with Mount Marty making 14 of 18 (78%).

The Defenders were lead by Brianna Spronk's 18 point with Kara Van Dyke contributing 16 and Kayla Gesink rounded out the double digit scorers with 10. Van Dyke also pulled down a game high 8 rebounds and Spronk and Kok both handed out 3 assists.

The Lancers had 3 scorers in double figures with Alexa Berg scoring 17, Kylie Gross 14 and Taylor Forsch 12. Forsch also had a game high 5 steals and added 3 assists.

Other GPAC games this evening: GPAC Standings:
Briar Cliff University 90, Doane College 69
Hastings College 67, Midland University 51
Morningside College 68, Northwestern College 52
Mount Marty College 69, Dordt College 63
Concordia University 99, Nebraska Wesleyan University 48

Hastings 2-0/6-0
(5)Briar Cliff 2-0/6-1
(22)Concordia 2-0/7-0
(2)Morningside 1-1/4-2
(RV)Mount Marty 1-1/6-4
(RV)Dordt 1-1/3-3
(1)Northwestern 1-2/4-4
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-1/1-3
Dakota Wesleyan 0-1/3-2
Doane 0-2/3-3
Midland 0-2/3-4

The Dordt College women's basketball team will travel to Des Moines on Monday, November 28 to take on A.I.B. in a non-conference game that will tip-off at 6:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 3-3 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-3 (1-1)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 32 63
Mount Marty 37 32 69
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 8
Brianna Spronk 5
Jessica Jelsema 5
Jaimie Kok 4
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Gross, Kylie 5
Forsch, Taylor 5
Berg, Alexa 5
Winne, April 3
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 18
Kara Van Dyke 16
Kayla Gesink 10
Jaimie Kok 6
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Berg, Alexa 17
Gross, Kylie 14
Forsch, Taylor 12
Karst, Kaylea 6
Team Total: 69
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/61 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/16 6%
Free Throws: 12/15 80%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/56 39%
3-Point Field Goals: 10/25 40%
Free Throws: 15/22 68%

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