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

December 12, 2011

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College women's basketball team snapped a 5 game losing street with a balanced attack that featured 3 players in double figures, beating GPAC opponent Midland University 65-43 this evening (December 12, 2011).

The Warriors and Defenders were neck and neck over much of the opening 15 minutes of play with ties at 8-8, 12-12 and again at 16-16 with 7:44 to play. A Brianna Spronk free throw broke the 16-16 tie, giving Dordt a one point lead but the Warriors took the lead back on a Shaylyn Miller layup at the 4:54 mark. Trailing 18-17, the Defenders went on a 9-0 run to take an 8 point lead (26-18)on a Jessica Jelsema jumper with 1:40 left in the half and enjoyed a 27-20 lead at the intermission.

With 16:50 to go in the second half a Kayla Gesink 3 point shot gave Dordt College at 12 point cushion leading 34-22. An 8-1 run by the visiting Warriors cut the Defender lead down to 5 (35-30) with 13:57 remaining. A seven point response by the Dordt women pushed the Defender lead back to 12 on a layup by Kara Van Dyke with 10:28 to go and pushed the advantage to 14 (47-33) on another Kayla Gesink 3 pointer with 8:59 remaining.

Leading by 12 (47-35) with 8:44 to play, a 15-2 outburst by Dordt over the next 5 minutes gave the Defenders a commanding 25 point (62-37) with 3:44 left and the Defenders coasted to the 22 point victory.

"I have a lot of confidence in our women and they are working very hard but the positive things we have been doing just haven't always shown up on game night so it was good to get this win," said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma. "Our defense was really active and we got some opportunities out of our press and we are going to continue to get better."

Dordt College held the Warriors to just 30% shooting and dominated the boards, pulling down 44 to Midland's 34. Both teams struggled with turnovers as Dordt finished the night with 23 while forcing Midland to 24.

The Defenders shot 43.4% from the floor on 23 of 53, including 7 of 18 from three point range. Dordt shot 66.7% from the charity stripe on 12 of 18 attempts.

Midland's 30% field goal percentage came via 18 of 60 from the floor, with 5 for 16 from behind the arc (31.3%). The Warriors only went to the free throw line 8 times, making just 2 for 25%.

Dordt College was led in scoring by Elise Maresh's 14 points while Kara Van Dyke finished with 12 and Kayla Gesink had 11. Van Dyke led all players with 13 rebounds and also had a game high 5 blocked shots while Brianna Spronk had a game high 5 steals.

The Warriors were led by Jami Thramer's 10 points and Jamilah Johnson's nine. Thramer and Rupprecht both pulled down 6 rebounds.

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

Dordt will host Morningside in a conference matchup on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm in Sioux Center.

Dordt's Current Record: 4-7 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-8 (0-6)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 27 38 65
Midland (NE) 20 23 43
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 13
Brianna Spronk 6
Kayla Gesink 4
Jaimie Kok 4
Team Total: 44
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Rupprecht, Shelby 6
Thramer, Jami 6
Stephan, Danielle 5
Cameron, Kristen 4
Team Total: 34
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 14
Kara Van Dyke 12
Kayla Gesink 11
Jessica Jelsema 6
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Thramer, Jami 10
Johnson, Jamilah 9
Hislop, Sammy 5
Moon, Darien 5
Team Total: 43
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/53 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/18 39%
Free Throws: 12/18 67%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 18/60 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/16 31%
Free Throws: 2/8 25%

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