Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Martin Luther

December 19, 2013

(New Ulm, Minnesota) The Dordt College Defender women’s basketball team withstood a late run by Martin Luther in non-conference basketball on Thursday night, December 19 in New Ulm, Minnesota. Dordt led by as many as 27 points in the second half before securing a 69-61 win.

Dordt got up 20-16 on a pair of Kim Kroeze free throws with 9:54 left in the first half but then went cold from the floor, going nearly four minutes without a point before a Kayla Broekhuis three-point basket pushed the lead from 20-19 to 23-19. The Defenders proceeded to outscore the hosts 14-4 to take a 34-23 halftime lead.

The strong play continued with Dordt pushing out to a 60-33 lead on a pair of Emily Neuman free throws with 8:48 left in the game. From that point on Martin Luther would chip away at the lead, making the game’s final minute interesting.

The hosts outscored Dordt 25-7 lead to cut the gap to nine with 1:58 left in the game. The Defenders were able to withstand the run as Martin Luther got no closer than six and Dordt won the game 69-61.

Elise Maresh had 18 points to lead the Defenders and converted 9-14 field goals. Jasmin Schelhaas scored 13 and was 10-10 from the free throw line. Kayla Broekhuis had nine points and Kara Van Dyke scored eight with ten rebounds and she had four blocked shots.

Dordt was 22-51 from the floor and 19-27 on free throws and they held a 46-37 rebounding advantage. Martin Luther was 21-67 from the field and forced Dordt into 27 turnovers.

The Knights were led by Hannah Hackbarth with 19 points and Leah Nass scored 12 with nine rebounds.

Dordt is 7-6 overall and will next play December 30 and 31 against Westmont and San Diego Christian. Martin Luther is 3-7.

Dordt's Current Record: 7-6 (2-5)
Opponent's Current Record: 3-7 (0-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 34 35 69
Martin Luther 23 38 61
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 10
Elise Maresh 7
Kim Kroeze 6
Team Total: 46
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Leah Nass 9
Rebecca Englebrecht 8
Team Total: 37
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 18
Jasmin Schelhaas 13
Kayla Broekhuis 9
Kara Van Dyke 8
Team Total: 69
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hannah Hackbarth 19
Leah Nass 12
Team Total: 61
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 22/51 43%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 19/27 70%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/67 31%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/20 30%
Free Throws: 13/17 76%

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