Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Mount Marty

November 26, 2013

(Yankton, South Dakota) A strong second half allowed the Dordt College women's basketball team to turn a two point half-time deficit into a 69-59 win over the Mount Marty Lancers in GPAC action this evening. With the victory the Defenders improve to 6-2 on the season and 2-1 in GPAC play while the Lancers fall to 3-3 on the year and 0-2 in conference play.

The Defenders scored the first basket of the contest but eight straight points by the Lancers gave the home team an 8-2 lead. A 5-0 had the Defenders within a point (8-7)and then the Lancers rallied with a 12-3 run and took a ten point advantage on a Logan Wagner three pointer with 12:30 to play in the first half. The Lancers continued to enjoy the double digit cushion at 22-12 when the Defenders came storming back to get within one (22-21) on a Jamie Kok layup with 7:18 remaining. The Defenders trailed by as many as six over the final seven minutes and a Jessica Jelsema jumper with 54 seconds to play in the first half allowed Dordt to go in to the locker room trailing by just two (33-31).

Jessica Jelsema knocked in another jumper at the 17:49 mark of the second half to give Dordt the lead (37-36)for the first time since hitting the opening basket of the night. Neither team was able to create any substantial gap and found themselves deadlocked at 48-48 midway through the second half. A Kara Van Dyke layup capped a 9-1 Defender run putting Dordt College up 57-49 with 4:20 to play and the Defenders led by as many as 14 (65-51)before taking the 68-59 GPAC victory.

Dordt converted 23-55 field goals for 41.8 percent and held Mount Marty to 21-52 shooting for 40.4 percent. The Defenders got to the free throw line 24 times and made 14 shots while the hosts were 11-19 from the charity stripe. Dordt had a slight 37-36 rebounding edge and turned the ball over just nine times to 16 for Mount Marty.

Dordt was paced by Jaimie Kok and Kara Van Dyke with 14 points each. A three-point shot by Van Dyke early in the second half put her over the career 1,000 point mark and she is the 15th Defender women's basketball player to reach that mark. Elise Maresh had eight first half points and ended with 12. Van Dyke led the rebounding effort with nine and Kok had five to go with three assists, sharing team honors in the assist category with Jasmin Schelhaas.

Mount Marty got 15 points from Kieran O'Malley and 12 by Raquel Sutera. Other scores from around the GPAC:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 50
Central College 64

Hastings at 94
(5) Concordia 89

Doane at 62
Midland 64

(3) Morningside at 82
(7) Northwestern 102

(RV) Dakota Wesleyan at 88
(12) Briar Cliff 89

GPAC Standings:
Midland 4-0/7-2
(7) Northwestern 3-0/10-0
(5) Concordia 2-1/6-2
Dordt 2-1/6-2
(12) Briar Cliff 3-2/7-2
Hastings 2-2/7-2
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 1-1/6-2
(3) Morningside 1-3/6-3
Mount Marty 0-2/3-3 .
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-2/1-4
Doane 0-4/3-6

The Defenders will have an extended break over the Thanksgiving holiday and will return to action on December 4 when they play host to Briar Cliff at 6:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 6-2 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-3 (0-2)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 31 37 68
Mount Marty 33 26 59
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 9
Jaimie Kok 5
Kim Kroeze 4
Team Total: 37
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Raquel Sutera 9
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 14
Jaimie Kok 14
Elise Maresh 12
Team Total: 68
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Kieran O'Malley 15
Raquel Sutera 12
Team Total: 59
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 23/55 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/18 28%
Free Throws: 17/24 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/52 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/21 29%
Free Throws: 11/19 58%

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