Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Midland (NE)

January 14, 2012

(Fremont, Nebraska) The Dordt College women's basketball team picked up a much needed conference victory on the road today beating Midland 63-56. With the win Dordt improves to 3-8 in the GPAC and 8-11 overall while the Warriors drop to 0-11 in conference play and 7-13 on the season.

The Defenders started slowly, falling behind by as many as ten after a Darien Moon jumper to make it 30-20 at the 2:52 mark of the first half. Dordt was able to trim the lead to six courtesy of two Jessica Jelsema free throws with under a second to go before the half ended.

Tight defense was the rule for Dordt in the second half as they outscored Midland 9-3 over the first three minutes of the second half to tie it at 38-38. Bailey Spencer gave Dordt the lead with a free throw and Kayla Gesink cashed in a three-point shot at the 13:31 mark for a 42-38 lead. Dordt never trailed again.

The Defenders limited the hosts to five points over the first 12:30 of the second half and withstood a couple charges that got the difference to four points, the last time at the 2:26 mark on a Jamilah Johnson basket making it 56-52.

A Kayla Broekhuis three point shot ended the threat and the Defenders snapped a three game GPAC losing skid in the process.

Dordt held the hosts to 31 percent shooting in the second half and outscored the Warriors 34-21 after the intermission. Dordt converted 17-48 shots from the floor for 35.4 percent and was 22-27 from the free throw line. The Defenders also owned the glass in the second half while making up a 22-13 disadvantage at halftime to a more respectable 39-36 deficit for the game.

The Defenders were led by Jaimie Kok's 19 points. The sophomore scored 10-11 from the free throw line and also had four rebounds. Kayla Broekhuis added nine poitns while Kayla Gesink and Kara Van Dyke each had seven. Van Dyke had a team high seven rebounds with Gesink grabbing four to go with four assists.

Midland was topped by Danielle Stephan with 14 and Jamilah Johnson with 12.

"We really turned it up on the defensive end in the second half," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "and that was the difference in the game. I was really proud of our senior leadership today and Bailey Spencer played a big part in the great defensive effort. We also did a much better job on the boards in the second half. They outrebounded us by 9 in the first half and a lot of those were on the offensive end and we were giving them to many extra opportunities."

Other GPAC scores from today:
(6) Concordia at 74
(5) Morningside 65

Doane at 72
(RV) Mount Marty 64

Nebraska Wesleyan at 51
(10) Northwestern 85

GPAC Standings:
6 Concordia 9-2/16-2
10 Northwestern 9-2/15-4
2 Briar Cliff 8-2/17-3
5 Morningside 8-3/14-6
14 Hastings 6-4/14-5
Doane 6-5/10-6
RV Mount Marty 5-6/10-9
Dakota Wesleyan 3-7/12-8
Dordt 3-8/8-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-9/5-11
Midland 0-11/7-13

Dordt College will play host to the Mount Marty Lancers in a GPAC contest on Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00.

Dordt's Current Record: 8-11 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 7-13 (0-11)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 34 63
Midland (NE) 35 21 56
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 7
Bailey Spencer 4
Jaimie Kok 4
Kayla Gesink 4
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Thramer, Jami 9
Hislop, Sammi 5
Stephan, Danielle 4
Team Total: 39
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 19
Kayla Broekhuis 9
Kara Van Dyke 7
Kayla Gesink 7
Team Total: 63
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Stephan, Danielle 14
Johnson, Jamilah 12
Moon, Darien 9
Thramer, Jamie 9
Team Total: 56
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/48 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/20 35%
Free Throws: 22/27 81%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/60 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/14 21%
Free Throws: 7/12 58%

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