Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

December 7, 2011

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College women's basketball team dropped their fourth game in a row as they fell 73-59 this evening (Wednesday, December 7) to the Northwestern Red Raiders in Great Plains Athletics Conference action.

The Defender women enjoyed an early lead in tonight's action, finding themselves up by 2 on three occasions, before the Red Raiders took their first lead at 7-6 with 15:04 to play. Northwestern would not trail from that point and went on to extend the lead to double digits taking a 24-13 advantage at 9:55 on a Karen Hutson layup. Dordt responded by going on a 10 point run to get within one at 24-23 at 5:48 on a jumper by Elish Maresh.

"We played really good transition defense during that run and did a nice job getting the ball inside," stated Dordt College Coach Craig Stiemsma. Northwestern outscored Dordt 11-6 over the final 5 minutes to take a 35-29 lead in to the locker room at halftime.

Dordt would get no closer than six points in the second half and the Raiders took their biggest lead of the game at 17 points (53-36) on a Mallory Cunard basket at 11:15. Dordt was able to cut the Raider lead back down to single digits (60-51) at the 6:10 mark on an old fashioned 3 point play by Kara Van Dyke but Northwestern quickly pushed the lead back to 15 and led by as much as 18 before posting the 73-59 final.

"We need to do a better job taking care of the basketball," remarked Stiemsma regarding his teams 26 turnovers, including 15 in the second half. "It's disappointing to give up the ball that often and when that happens we just aren't giving ourselves a chance to climb back in to the ball game. Our players have great attitudes and they are continuing to work really hard. Kara (Van Dyke) did a tremendous job inside this evening and also played some very solid defense."

Van Dyke finished the night with a team high 14 points,a game high 13 rebounds and 3 blocked shots for the Defenders. Brianna Spronk added 11 points and Elise Maresh had 10 while Jessica Jelsema and Spronk both dished out 3 assists.

Northwestern's Kendra De Jong led all scorers with 21 points and also pulled down a team high 7 boards while Kami Kuhlmann contributed 17 points and Alli Dunkelberger added 10. Mel Babcock handed out a game high 6 assists for the Red Raiders and Kendra De Jong had 5 steals.

Northwestern improves to 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the GPAC with the win while Dordt drops to 3-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

Northwestern had a slim advantage in rebounding, grabbing 37 boards to Dordt's 34. Northwestern was also stingier in turning the ball over as they coughed it up 18 times to Dordt's 26 and the Raiders picked up 14 steals to just 4 for the Defenders.

Dordt finished the night shooting 21-55 (38.2%) from the floor, including 4 of 14 (28.6%) from three point range and the Defenders knocked down 13 of their 15 free throw attempts (86.7%).

Northwestern shot 48.4% from the floor on 30 of 62 and were 1 of 8 from beyond the arc (12.5%). From the charity stripe the Raiders were 12 of 17 for 70.6%.

GPAC Results from this evening:
(2) Briar Cliff at (OT) 87
(7) Concordia 89

Dakota Wesleyan at 64
(5) Morningside 73

Nebraska Wesleyan at 52
(8) Hastings 65

(RV) Doane at 76
Midland 69

Standings: Team/GPAC/Overall:
(2)Briar Cliff 4-1/10-2
(8)Hastings 4-1/9-1
(5)Morningside 3-1/8-3
(20)Northwestern 4-2/7-4
(7)Concordia 4-1/9-1
(RV)Doane 3-2/6-3
Dakota Wesleyan 1-3/6-4
Mount Marty 1-3/6-6
Dordt 1-3/3-6
Midland 0-4/3-6
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-4/1-6

The Defenders will host Nebraska Wesleyan in a Great Plains Athletics Conference contest on Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 3-6 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-4 (4-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 30 59
Northwestern 35 38 73
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 13
Brianna Spronk 6
Jessica Jelsema 5
Jaimie Kok 3
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
De Jong, Kendra 7
Kleinsasser, Samantha 5
Dunkelberger, Alli 4
Small, Mackenzie 4
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 14
Brianna Spronk 11
Elise Maresh 10
Jessica Jelsema 8
Team Total: 59
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
De Jong, Kendra 21
Kuhlmann, Kami 17
Dunkelberger, Alli 10
Cunard, Mallory 8
Team Total: 73
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/55 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/14 29%
Free Throws: 13/15 87%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 30/62 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 1/8 12%
Free Throws: 12/17 71%

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