Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Grand View

November 6, 2012

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College women's basketball team went toe to toe with the #8 ranked Grand View Vikings and the Defenders had a shot at the buzzer to win that wouldn't drop, falling by a final of 64-62. Dordt College falls to 0-3 on the season with the loss while the Vikings improve to 3-0.

A Jasmin Schelhaas three pointer at 10:27 gave the Defenders their second 5 point margin (18-13) of the first half but the Vikings rattled off the next 5 points to tie the game at 18-18. A Kara Van Dyke basket at 7:16 sparked an 8-0 run for the Defenders and Dordt led 26-18 with just over 5 minutes to play in the first half. A pair of Schelhaas free-throws put Dordt up by 5 (29-24) with 1:25 remaining but the Vikings scored the final 4 points to cut the Dordt advantage down to 1 (29-28) going in to the break.

A Morgan Hamner layup to open up the second half gave the Vikings their first lead of the game at 30-29 and a Lene Lox 3 pointer pushed the advantage to 4 (33-29)but Dordt responded with a pair of Robyn Blount free throws and a Jessica Jelsema jumper to tie it at 33-33 with 17:31 to play.

The teams were knotted at 37-37 with 16:10 on the clock when the Vikings went on a 10-4 run to take a 47-41 advantage at 12:44 but the Defenders rallied with a 10-0 run of their own, and the Defenders led 51-47 with 10 minutes to play. Dordt pushed the lead to as many as 5 (54-49) on an Elise Maresh jumper with 7:32 left and the two teams were tied at 54, 56 and 58. A Mika Rodewald layup broke the 58-58 tie with 2:45 to play and Dordt's Brianna Spronk cut the lead to one on a made free-throw with 1:25 left but was unable to tie the game with her second attempt. Shelbie Beatty hit a jumper for the Vikings to push the lead to 3 (62-59) with 25 seconds to play and Amy Vos made it 63-59 with a made free-throw with 13 seconds left.

Trailing by 4, Dordt's Danelle Boone nailed a deep three pointer with 6 seconds to go to get within 1 (63-62). The Defenders quickly fouled on the inbound pass and Shelby Beattie could only connect on one free-throw, giving Dordt a chance to tie or win. With time running down, Boone was able to get another nice look at a three but couldn't get the game winner over the ranked opponent.

"Our effort was outstanding," said Dordt head coach Craig Stiemsma, "and our execution was the best it's been so far this year. There were definitely a lot of positives for us in this game."

Dordt was led in scoring by Brianna Spronk, who finished with 16 points on 4-9 from the floor with one made three and 7-10 from the charity stripe while Kara Van Dyke ended with 15 points on 6-12 from the floor with one three and 2-4 from the line. Van Dyke also paced Dordt College in rebounding with 12 boards and had a team high 2 assists.

Scoring honors for the Vikings went to Lene Lox who had 17 points on 6-9 from the floor with 2 three and 3 of 4 from the line. Shelby Beatty and Mika Rodewald each added a dozen points with Rodewald also snaring a game high 13 rebounds. Abby Mendlik dished out a game high 5 assists.

The Defenders were 21-60 (35%) from the floor, 5-19 (26%) from three point range and 15-25 (60%) from the charity stripe.

Grand View finished the night shooting 41.8% from the floor on 23 of 55 with 3 of 8 (37.5%) from beyond the arc and 15-25% on free throws.

The Vikings pulled down 46 boards while Dordt grabbed 34 and the Defenders had 16 turnovers while forcing the Vikings in to committing 23.

The Defender women will travel to Chicago to take on Moody Bible Institute on Friday, November 9 as part of the Moody Bible Tournament. The consolation game of the tournament will be held at noon on Saturday, November 10 with the championship scheduled for a 2:00 pm tip-off.

Dordt's Current Record: 0-3 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 29 33 62
Grand View 28 36 64
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 12
Elise Maresh 5
Brianna Spronk 4
Mycah Hulst 3
Team Total: 34
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Rodewald, Mika 13
Vos, Amy 7
Mendlik, Abby 5
Beatty, Shelbie 5
Team Total: 46
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 16
Kara Van Dyke 15
Jasmin Schelhaas 10
Elise Maresh 5
Team Total: 62
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Lox, Lene 17
Rodewald, Mika 12
Beatty, Shelbie 12
Mendlik, Abby 9
Team Total: 64
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/60 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/19 26%
Free Throws: 15/25 60%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/55 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/8 38%
Free Throws: 15/25 60%

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