Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

January 28, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) A great defensive effort helped propel the Dordt College women's basketball team to a commanding 81-57 victory over the #2 ranked Briar Cliff Chargers in GPAC basketball play this afternoon (Saturday, January 28). With the win the Defender women improve to 10-13 overall and 5-10 in conference play while the Chargers drop to 19-5 on the season and 10-4 in GPAC play. The 57 points for the Chargers was their lowest offensive output on the season.

Dordt College found themselves trailing by 2 (10-8) with 13:36 left in the first half when a 9-0 run, which began with 5 straight points from Elise Maresh, pushed Dordt out to a 17-10 lead with 10:43 remaining. The Defenders held a 20-16 advantage with 6:31 to play when a 13-1 Dordt run capped by a Bailey Spencer jumper gave Dordt a 16 point lead (33-17)with 2 minutes to play in the half and a Kayla Broekhuis 3 pointer allowed the Defenders to take a 36-22 lead into the break.

The Chargers opened up the second half by scoring the first 4 points to cut the Defender lead to 10 (36-26) but could never cut the Dordt advantage to single digits for the duration of the contest. A Jamie Kok jumper with 13:54 to go made it 50-32 and gave Dordt their biggest lead of the night to that point at 18. A 7-0 run by Briar Cliff cut it to 50-39 with 11:50 to play but a dominating 20-4 response by the Defender women put the game out of reach with Dordt up 27 points at 70-43 with 4 minutes remaining. Briar Cliff would get no closer than 18 over the final 4 minutes of play and the Defender women grabbed an important conference victory.

"That was a great defensive effort from everybody that played for us this afternoon," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "Our goal was to hold them to less than 35 points per half and it was nice to see us achieve that. We knew they would make a run and we told our players to just relax, have fun and keep attacking the basket. We made some mistakes but we are willing to take the bad with the good when we win like that."

Dordt's Elise Maresh led all scorers with 15 points and a perfect 6 of 6 from the floor and 3 of 5 from the charity stripe. The Defender women had a balanced attack as Maresh was one of 6 Dordt players to score in double figures. Kayla Broekhuis finished with 12 on 3 of 6 from the floor including 2 of 3 from three point range; Broekhuis also grabbed 5 boards, had 2 assists and 2 steals. Kara Van Dyke ended the night with 11 points while shooting 9 of 10 from the free throw line and also had 3 steals. Danelle Boone, Jaimie Kok and Brianna Spronk each had 10 points with Boone a flawless afternoon in shooting with 3 of 3 from the floor, including 2 of 2 from beyond the arc and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. In addition to the 10 points, Kok also had 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals while Spronk had 3 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals as well.

The Chargers had only one player in double figures as Kylie Dilla had 10 points on 4 of 16 shooting to go along with 3 assists and 4 steals. Kelsey Evans led Briar Cliff with 5 rebounds and also had 2 assists and 3 steals.

Dordt College shot 60.5% for the game, making 23 of 38 from the floor with 4 of 6 from 3 point range and the Defenders added 31 points from the free throw line on 31 of 41 (75.6%). Briar Cliff shot 30.2% on 19 of 63, including 5 of 25 from beyond the arc. The Chargers shot 14 of 19 (75.6%)from the free throw line. The Defenders earned a slight 34-31 edge in rebounding and turned the ball over 31 times while the Chargers coughed it up on 28 occasions.

GPAC scores from Saturday, January 28:
(2) Briar Cliff at 57
Dordt 81

Midland at 52
(7) Morningside 102

(RV) Doane at 60
Dakota Wesleyan 82

(18) Hastings at 54
(9) Northwestern 80

Nebraska Wesleyan at 55
(RV) Mount Marty 61

GPAC Standings:
5 Concordia 12-2/21-2
7 Morningside 12-3/18-6
9 Northwestern 11-3/17-5
2 Briar Cliff 10-4/19-5
RV Mount Marty 9-6/14-9
18 Hastings 7-7/15-8
RV Doane 6-9/10-10
Dakota Wesleyan 5-9/14-10
Dordt 5-10/10-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-13/5-15
Midland 1-14/8-16

Dordt College will host the Northwestern Red Raiders in GPAC action at 6 pm on Wednesday, February 1 in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 10-13 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 19-5 (10-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 45 81
Briar Cliff 22 35 57
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 5
Kayla Broekhuis 5
Jessica Jelsema 4
Bailey Spencer 3
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Evans, Kelsey 5
Salcedo, Megan 4
Dilla, Kylie 3
Gordon, Summer 3
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 15
Kayla Broekhuis 12
Kara Van Dyke 11
Danelle Boone 10
Team Total: 81
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Dilla, Kylie 10
Cihak, Kela 9
Evans, Kesey 9
Murren, Mattie 8
Team Total: 57
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/38 61%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/6 67%
Free Throws: 31/41 76%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 19/63 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/25 20%
Free Throws: 14/19 74%

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