Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Valley City State

November 1, 2013

(Valley City, North Dakota) The Dordt College women’s basketball team overcame a ten point first half deficit to defeat Valley City State 68-62 on Friday night, November 1, in non-conference basketball play.

The Defenders got down 33-23 with 4:51 left in the first half but were able to fight their way back to within 37-32 at the half.

Dordt took its first lead of the second half on an Emily Neuman field goal with 16:57 left but relinquished the lead with 10:05 left in the game when Kelsey Hunter made a pair of free throws. The hosts pushed the lead to four and were up 51-47 with 8:46 when Dordt made its second comeback of the game, tying it at 51-51 with 7:59 remaining on an Elise Maresh putback of a missed shot.

Five straight points gave the Vikings some breathing room at 56-51 but the Defenders came back again, tying it at 56-56 on a three-point bucket by Kara Van Dyke and taking the lead for good on an Abby Chapman basket. The Vikings got as close as 61-60 but a bucket by Jaimie Kok and a pair of free throws by the senior put the Defenders up 65-60 and the Defenders eventually took the 68-62 win.

Dordt converted 20-44 field goals and 26-31 free throws while the Vikings were 21-60 from the field and 15-18 on free throws. Valley City owned a 31-29 rebounding advantage.

Maresh led all players with 17 points and Kok added 14 with two steals. Kara Van Dyke tossed in 11 and had seven rebounds.

Valley City was topped by Kelsey Hunter off of the bench with 14 points and she nabbed five rebounds.

Dordt is 2-0 and will face Jamestown on Saturday while Valley City falls to 0-1 and will host Northwestern.

Dordt's Current Record: 2-0 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 0-1 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 32 36 68
Valley City State 37 25 62
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 7
Jessica Jelsema 6
Team Total: 29
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Courtney Dixon 8
Stephanie Pederson 5
Kelsey Hunter 5
Team Total: 31
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 17
Jaimie Kok 14
Kara Van Dyke 11
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kelsey Hunter 14
Sierra Even 12
Team Total: 62
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 20/44 45%
3-Point Field Goals: 2/8 25%
Free Throws: 26/31 84%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/60 35%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 15/18 83%

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