Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Hastings

January 2, 2013

(Hastings, Nebraska) A 38-23 advantage in rebounding helped the Hastings Broncos to a 73-65 victory over the Dordt College Defender women this evening in GPAC action in Hastings, Nebraska. With the loss the Defenders fall to 9-9 on the season and 4-5 in the conference while the Broncos improve to 9-9 overall and 4-4 in the GPAC.

Dordt College picked up an early 6-1 lead with a pair of jumpers by Elise Maresh and a basket by Broekhuis. Seven straight by the Broncos gave the hosts an 8-6 lead and the Broncos had multiple 5 point advantages, including a 21-16 advantage with 8:03 left in the first half. The Defenders answered with a 9-0 run to take a 25-21 lead on a Spronk jumper with 5:37 to go. The Broncos tied the game at 25 and the two sides were knotted again at 28 and 30. Five straight by Hastings pushed the score to 35-30 with 1:38 left and the two teams exchanged baskets before halftime to give the Broncos a 37-32 lead going in to the intermission.

Hastings outscored Dordt 14-7 over the first 6:15 of the second half to take a 51-39 lead with 12:44 to play and the Broncos pushed the gap to 57-43 with just over half to play in the second session. A pair of free throws by Brianna Spronk and a made 3 pointer by Dordt's Kara Van Dyke got the Defenders back within single digits at 57-48 with 9:14 remaining but the Broncos answered with 6 straight to take their biggest lead of the game at 63-48 with 7:37 to go. The Broncos led by as many as 17 and held a 73-57 lead with just under three minutes to go, the Defenders scored the final 8 points of the contest, with Broekhuis hitting a 3 pointer with 11 seconds to go, for the 73-65 final.

The Defenders were led by Elise Maresh who finished the night with team highs in points (19) and rebounds (7). Maresh was 8 of 17 from the floor and 3 of 6 from the charity stripe in 28 minutes of action. Dordt continues to have a balanced attack as three other Defenders scored in double figures. Kayla Broekhuis had 12 points, making 4 of 9 field goal attempts and 3 of 4 from the free throw line. Kara Van Dyke finished with 11 points on 4 of 10 from the floor with one made three pointer and 2 of 2 from the line while Jasmin Schelhaas rounded out the players in double digits with 10 points on 2 of 6 from the floor with both made baskets coming from behind the arc while also knocking in 4 of 7 from the line. Schelhaas also picked up 3 steals and Van Dyke snared 5 boards for the Defenders.

The Broncos Cami Bruckman led all scorers with 21 points on 9 of 18 from the floor with 2 of 6 from three point range and 1-1 from the line. The Broncos also had 3 additional players with 10 or more points as Brittney Wong added 14, Frankie Peterson had a dozen and Chelsey Morten contributed 10. Cami Bruckman and Chelsey Morten enjoyed game high honors in rebounding with each pulling down 8 boards.

Hastings pulled down 38 boards while the Defenders grabbed just 23 but the Defenders picked up additional possessions by forcing the Broncos in to 16 turnovers while only committing 9 of their own.

Scores from around the GPAC today:
Dordt at 65
Hastings 73

(8) Northwestern at 68
(1) Concordia 71

(3) Morningside at 65
Nebraska Wesleyan 50

Mount Marty at 72
(6) Briar Cliff 86

(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 75
Midland 65

GPAC Standings:
1 Concordia 8-0/15-0
3 Morningside 7-1/15-2
6 Briar Cliff 6-2/15-3
RV Dakota Wesleyan 5-3/13-4
8 Northwestern 5-3/11-4
Mount Marty 4-4/9-7
Hastings 4-4/9-9
Dordt 4-5/9-9
Midland 2-7/6-11
Doane 0-8/5-11
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-8/2-11
The Dordt College women's basketball team will play host to the #1 ranked Concordia Bulldogs on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 pm in the DeWitt Gymnasium in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-9 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 9-9 (4-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half OT 1 OT 2 OT 3 OT 4 Final
Dordt College 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
Hastings 0 0 0 0 0 0 73
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 7
Kara Van Dyke 5
Brianna Spronk 2
Kayla Broekhuis 2
Team Total: 23
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Morten, Chelsey 8
Bruckman, Cami 8
Thompson, Melissa 6
Zwiener, Laurel 4
Team Total: 38
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 19
Kayla Broekhuis 12
Kara Van Dyke 11
Jasmin Schelhaas 10
Team Total: 65
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Bruckman, Cami 21
Wong, Brittney 14
Petersen, Frankie 12
Morten, Chelsey 10
Team Total: 73
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/59 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/12 33%
Free Throws: 17/25 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/57 46%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/13 38%
Free Throws: 16/22 73%

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