Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Clarke

December 29, 2012

(Orange City, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender women picked up a 69-48 win over the Clarke University Crusaders this afternoon (Saturday, December 29) at a game contested at Northwestern. With the victory the Defenders improve to 9-8 on the season as they prepare to pick up GPAC play next week.

After an opening basket by Dordt's Kara Van Dyke, the Crusaders knocked in back to back layups to take their only lead of the game at 4-2 as Jasmin Schelhaas knocked in a three pointer for the Defender women to give Dordt a lead they would not relinquish. A Kayla Broekhuis layup with 7:08 to play gave Dordt an 18-12 lead but a Jenna Kotas bucket from beyond the arc got the Crusaders within 3 at 18-15. Eight straight points for the Defenders, courtesy of a Jamie Kok jumper and a pair of threes from Boone and Schelhaas quickly pushed the Dordt lead to 26-15 and the Defenders led by as many as 15 before giving up the last 5 points of the half to take a 33-23 lead in to the intermission.

The Defender women scored the first 4 points of the second half to push their lead back up to 14 (37-23) and Dordt held an 11 point lead(41-30) with 16:28 to play thank to another Danelle Boone three pointer. The Crusaders capped an 8 point run with a Gwen Sutter 3-ball to cut the Defender lead down to just 5 (41-36) with 12:37 remaining in the second half. "We let them get a little too comfortable in the early stages of the second half," remarked Defender Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, " and that enabled them to get within 5. When we got back to playing tougher defense and got the ball inside a little we had success." Over the next nine minutes Dordt outscored the Crusaders 24-7, taking a 22 point (65-43) lead on a Spronk jumper with 3:19 to play. During the run Kara Van Dyke and Brianna Spronk each picked up 8 points for the Defenders, who would go on to post the 21 point non-conference win.

Clarke picked up two 21 point losses during their trip to northwest Iowa as they fell to Northwestern 63-42 last night and the Crusaders will begin Midwest Collegiate Conference play on Thursday when they take on Viterbo.

"As we talked about before the game, we really wanted to try to wear them down," said Dordt College Head Coach Craig Stiemsma after the win that put the Defenders over the .500 mark. "I think our full-court pressure defense and pushing the floor offensively enabled us to tire them out and that really started to pay dividends in the second half. I was very happy with the number of good hustle plays that we made during the game today, those are things that may not show up on the stat sheet but are key for our teams success. We had a nice balanced attack and that is always good to see as it makes it difficult for opposing teams to try and key in on one particular player on any given day."

Danelle Boone led all players with 19 points for Dordt College, on 6-11 shooting with 5 of 9 from 3 point range and 2 of 2 from the charity stripe and Boone also grabbed 7 boards. Kara Van Dyke finished with 14 points, with 11 of those coming in the second half. Van Dyke was 6 of 12 from the floor and 2 of 5 from the line and also snared 7 rebounds, picked up 2 assists, 2 blocked shots and 2 steals. Kayla Broekhuis and Brianna Spronk both finished with 10 points with Broekhuis shooting 4 of 10 from the floor with 2 of 5 from beyond the arc while also dishing out 6 assists. Spronk shot 4 of 14 and was 2 of 3 from the free throw line and hauled in 5 caroms. Jasmin Schelhaas finished with 6 points and 6 assists.

Anna Hahn paced the Crusaders with 16 points, making 70% from the floor (7-10) and was 2 of 2 from the charity stripe. Clarke had no other players in double figures as the Defenders held Hamilton (7 points), Kotas (6 points) and Prochaska (3 points) below their averages of 8.9, 12 and 9.4 respectively. Amanda Hamilton and Anna Hahn each pulled down a game high 8 rebounds.

Dordt held a 36-32 rebounding margin over Clarke and forced the Crusaders in to committing 17 turnovers while only losing the ball 11 times.

Other scores from GPAC teams today:
Friends University vs 73
(6) Briar Cliff 83

Nebraska Wesleyan at 55
College of Saint Catherine 45

Dordt College will resume Great Plains Athletics Conference play on Wednesday, January 3 when they travel to Hastings, Nebraska to take on the Broncos at 6:00 pm before playing the Concordia Bulldogs at home on Saturday, January 6 at 2:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-8 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-10 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 33 36 69
Clarke 23 25 48
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Danelle Boone 7
Kara Van Dyke 7
Kayla Broekhuis 5
Brianna Spronk 5
Team Total: 36
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Hahn, Anna 8
Hamilton, Amanda 8
Aasen, Stephanie 6
Boals, Brianne 4
Team Total: 32
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Danelle Boone 19
Kara Van Dyke 14
Brianna Spronk 10
Kayla Broekhuis 10
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hahn, Anna 16
Hamilton, Amanda 7
Kotas, Jenna 6
Shepler, Savannah 5
Team Total: 48
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/69 38%
3-Point Field Goals: 9/25 36%
Free Throws: 8/17 47%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/58 29%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/17 24%
Free Throws: 10/16 62%

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