Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Viterbo-Northwestern Classic

December 29, 2011

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(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball got off to a strong start this afternoon and grabbed their second win in as many tries at the Northwestern Pizza Ranch Classic as they defeated Viterbo (LaCrosse, WI) by a score of 66-51 after knocking off Missouri Baptist 55-52 in yesterday’s outing. With the win the Defenders improve to 6-8 on the season while Viterbo drops to 5-10.

The Defenders reeled off the first eleven points of the contest against the V-Hawks, taking an 11-0 lead on a Jessica Jelsema layup with 16:57 to play in the first half. Dordt College found themselves up by 15 at 19-4 on an Elise Maresh jumper and enjoyed a double digit lead most of the first half. The V-Hawks managed to cut the lead down to 9 at 30-21 on a Jess Pavlinec bucket with 3:45 to go but The Defenders answered with an 8 point run to take their biggest lead of the half at 38-21 and held a 16 point lead (40-24) after the first 20 minutes of action. Jamie Kok and Elise Maresh paced Dordt College in the first half with both players scoring 12 points in the opening period.

The Dordt advantage hovered around 15 points for the bulk of the first 11 minutes of the second half and the Defenders found themselves leading 51-38 with 8:57 to play in the game. An 8 point run consisting of a pair of free throws by the V-Hawks’ Dani Templin followed by back to back 3 pointers by Paige Babiash cut the gap down to 5 at 51-46 with 6:41 remaining. Dordt responded to the challenge with a 10-2 run, capped by a Jamie Kok layup at 3:20, to push the lead back to 13 (61-48). Viterbo was unable to get within 10 over the closing minutes and a Kayla Broekhuis layup with 22 seconds to go secured the 66-51 win.

“We did a great job defensively on their guards and overall had a good performance,” noted Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. “As long as we keep getting better on offense and taking care of the ball we are going to keep giving ourselves a chance to win. Jamie (Kok) had a good game and is capable of doing that night in and night out and Elise (Maresh) really had an excellent first half knocking down that mid-range jumper.”

The Defenders were led by Jamie Kok who finished with 18 points on 6 of 10 from the floor and 6 of 9 from the charity stripe to go along with a game high 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Elise Maresh ended the night with 16 points for Dordt on 6 of 9 shooting and a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line. Kayla Broekhuis contributed 9 points to go along with 3 assists while Brianna Spronk added 7 points and 7 boards.

Dani Templin paced the V-Hawks with 15 points, mostly from the free throw line as she went 2 of 11 from the floor and 11 of 12 from the stripe. Laquita Becker had 9 points and a game high 3 steals and Templin and Brooke Anderson each grabbed 5 rebounds.

The Defender women shot 50% from the floor on 23 of 46 attempts, including 4 of 12 from behind the arc for 25% while holding Viterbo to just 28.8% shooting on 15 of 52 attempts and 4 of 21 (19%) from 3 point range. Both teams shot 21 free throws with Dordt knocking down 16 for 76.2% while Viterbo hit 17 for 81%. The Defenders won the battle of the boards, grabbing 31 rebounds to Viterbo's 23. Dordt turned the ball over 16 times, with only 5 in the first half, while Viterbo coughed it up 14 times.

Dordt College will return to conference play on Monday, January 2nd when they travel to Sioux City to take on the Briar Cliff Chargers at 6:00 pm in Great Plains Athletics Conference action.

Dordt's Current Record: 6-8 (2-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 5-10 (3-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 40 26 66
Viterbo-Northwestern Classic 24 27 51
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 8
Brianna Spronk 7
Kayla Gesink 6
Kayla Broekhuis 3
Team Total: 31
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Anderson, Brooke 5
Templin, Dani 5
Pavlinec, Jess 3
Babiash, Paige 2
Team Total: 23
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 18
Elise Maresh 16
Kayla Broekhuis 9
Brianna Spronk 7
Team Total: 66
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Templin, Dani 15
Becker, Laquita 9
Babiash, Paige 6
Pavlinec, Jess 6
Team Total: 51
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/46 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 16/21 76%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 15/52 29%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/21 19%
Free Throws: 17/21 81%

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