Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

January 26, 2013

(Sioux City, Iowa) Foul trouble took its toll on the Dordt College Defenders this afternoon as they played the seventh ranked Briar Cliff Chargers close for a large portion of the contest before falling 88-67 in a GPAC game played in Sioux City. Dordt College drops to 7-8 in the conference and 13-12 overall while the Chargers improve to 10-4 in GPAC play and 19-5 on the year.

Dordt College jumped out to a 12-4 lead on a Kayla Broekhuis three pointer at the 15:25 mark of the first half and led by as many as nine (18-9) on a pair of Broekhuis free throws at 10:44. An 8-1 run by the Chargers cut the Defender lead down to 19-17 with 8:46 remaining but the Defenders answered back with a 10-3 run of their own to go up 29-20 with just over five minutes left in the half. Briar Cliff proceed to run off nine straight points to tie the game at 29-29 with 3:11 to go and a Jordan Sanger layup with 4 seconds to play gave the Chargers a 32-31 lead at halftime.

Kara Van Dyke opened up the second half scoring for the Defenders with a three pointer to take a 34-32 lead and six in a row for Briar Cliff gave the Chargers a 38-34 advantage. Still trailing by four (41-37) a Kayla Broekhuis three pointer followed by two made free throws by Jamie Kok gave the Defenders a 42-41 edge. Seven straight by the Chargers had them up 48-42 with 14:15 to play. The Defenders rallied to get within one on two separate occasions with Danelle Boone making it 54-53 with a made three pointer at 10:54, a layup and a pair of free throws pushed the Charger lead back to 58-53 but again Danelle Boone was able to drill a three to keep the Defenders close, trailing 58-56 with exactly ten minutes to play.

A 10-0 run by the Chargers, capped by a Gordon Summer layup put Briar Cliff up by a dozen (68-56) with 6:15 to play and the Defenders and that would prove to be enough as Dordt could get no closer than seven over the final six minutes of play.

Kara Van Dyke paced the Defender women with 18 points before fouling out with 6:51 remaining in the contest. Van Dyke was seven of twelve from the floor, with four made three pointers on seven attempts and Van Dyke also pulled down eight boards. Kayla Broekhuis had 16 points on five of fourteen from the floor, hitting three of ten from three point range and three of four from the charity stripe while also dishing out a game high six assists. Brianna Spronk rounded out the double digit scorers with ten points and snared eight boards and picked up three steals.

Briar Cliff's top two scorers came from the bench as Regan Cooper had 20 points while Jordan Sanger had 19. Cooper was five of eight from the floor and hit 10 of 12 from the charity stripe while also grabbing a game high nine rebounds. Sanger was seven of ten from the field with two of four from three point range and three of five from the line. Kelsey Evans added 17 points on eight of nineteen from the floor, missing all four attempts from three point range and had one made free throw. Slone Masters contributed ten points on three of four from the field with a perfect three of three from beyond the arc and was one of two from the charity stripe.

Both teams were guilty of committing a host of turnovers with Dordt College coughing the ball up 31 times while the Chargers were guilty of 21. Briar Cliff also owned an eight board advantage in rebounding, yanking down 41 to Dordt's 33.

Commenting on the game, Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma added: "We just weren't able to defend them in the post very well and they scored a lot from inside the lane and went to the line a lot. We played hard and determined basketball and did a lot of nice things but not enough to stay in the game when you have that many turnovers."

Scores from around the GPAC today:
Dordt at 67
(7) Briar Cliff 88

(3) Morningside at 68
Midland 65

(24) Dakota Wesleyan at 88
Doane 67

(9) Northwestern at 63
Hastings 76

Mount Marty at 79
Nebraska Wesleyan 54

GPAC Standings:
2 Concordia 12-2/20-2
3 Morningside 12-3/20-4
7 Briar Cliff 10-4/19-5
Mount Marty 10-5/15-8
9 Northwestern 9-5/15-6
24 Dakota Wesleyan 8-6/17-7
Hastings 7-7/12-12
Dordt 7-8/13-12
Midland 4-11/9-15
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-14/3-17
Doane 0-15/5-18

Dordt's Current Record: 13-12 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-0 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 36 67
Briar Cliff 32 56 88
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Brianna Spronk 8
Kara Van Dyke 8
Jaimie Kok 4
Kayla Broekhuis 3
Team Total: 33
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Cooper, Regan 9
Masters, Slone 5
Cihak, Kela 5
Sanger, Jordan 5
Team Total: 41
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 18
Kayla Broekhuis 16
Brianna Spronk 10
Danelle Boone 9
Team Total: 67
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Cooper, Regan 20
Sanger, Jordan 19
Evans, Kelsey 17
Masters, Slone 10
Team Total: 88
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/55 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 11/27 41%
Free Throws: 10/20 50%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 32/63 51%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/15 33%
Free Throws: 19/27 70%

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