Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

January 15, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) A second half surge by Northwestern propelled the #1 ranked Red Raiders past Dordt College 76-62 in a GPAC contest played in Sioux Center this evening. The Defenders held a 36-35 halftime lead but weren't able to maintain the advantage through the second half as Northwestern improves to 18-0 overall and 10-0 in the conference while Dordt falls to 9-10 on the season and 3-8 in GPAC play.

The Defenders battled back and forth with the visiting Red Raiders during the first half this evening as the half featured five ties with neither team enjoying a lead of greater than three points. The teams were tied at 31-31 with under a minute to play after a made free-throw by Whitney Vander Maten and a second make put the visitors up 32-31. A Kara Van Dyke jumper with 33 seconds to play put Dordt back on top 33-32. Alli Engebretson fired a three pointer for Northwestern with 19 seconds to play briefly giving the Raiders a two point cushion but Dordt guard Jasmin Schelhaas answered with a three of her own to give Dordt the one point (36-35) half-time lead.

In the opening five minutes of the second half Northwestern outscored the Defenders 18-5 to open up a 53-41 lead on a Kleinsasser jumper at 14:51. Still trailing by 11 (64-53) with 7:44 remaining, the Defenders got back to back jumpers from Van Dyke to get within seven (64-57) with just over five minutes to play but the Raiders answered with five straight points to regain the double digit cushion and Dordt would get no closer than ten down the stretch.

Dordt senior forward Kara Van Dyke paced the Defender women with 19 points and six rebounds, hitting eight of fifteen from the floor and three of six from the free throw line while also picking up two steals, a block and an assist. Danelle Boone hit five of eight from the floor, with three of six from outside the arc, to go along with three of four from the line for 16 points and Kayla Broekhuis added 10 points on four of twelve shooting with two of six coming from three point range. Jasmin Schelhaas had seven points and a team high four assists.

The Red Raiders had two players with over twenty points as Alli Engebretson dropped in eight of twenty from the field with two of nine on three pointers and a perfect seven of seven from the charity stripe for 25 points while also snaring a game high 11 boards. Karen Hutson added 22 points on 10 of 15 from the field and two of six from the line. Samantha Kleinsasser added 14 points and pulled down nine boards.

The Defenders held a slight 41-40 advantage on the glass but committed 23 turnovers on the night while the Raiders coughed the ball up just 12 times. The Red Raiders had seven blocked shots with Kleinsasser picking up six of the seven while the Defenders had three blocks.

Comments from the coach:
"We did a pretty good job defensively in the first half on them and we certainly battled as hard as we could and we had a good effort on the boards but you can't score only 26 points in a half and expect to win. We also had some bad turnovers at key junctures in the game that cost us. We got some good looks when we were trailing by seven and we just couldn't get them to go. Their guards put a lot of pressure on us in the second half and we didn't respond well enough."

GPAC Scores from January 15:
Midland at 59
(10) Hastings 71

(1) Northwestern at 76
Dordt 62

Nebraska Wesleyan at 30
Doane 82

Mount Marty at 79
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 85

(RV) Briar Cliff at 75
Dakota State University 67

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

Dordt College will travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, January 18 to take on the Doane Tigers in a GPAC contest scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 9-10 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 18-0 (10-0)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 26 62
Northwestern 35 41 76
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 6
Kayla Broekhuis 6
Danelle Boone 5
Jaimie Kok 5
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Engebretson, Alli 11
Kleinsasser, Samantha 9
Small, Mackenzie 7
Vander Maten, Whitney 4
Team Total: 40
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 19
Danelle Boone 16
Kayla Broekhuis 10
Jasmin Schelhaas 7
Team Total: 62
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Engebretson, Alli 25
Hutson, Karen 22
Kleinsasser, Samantha 14
VanDerSloot, Morgan 7
Team Total: 76
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 21/57 37%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/19 37%
Free Throws: 13/19 68%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 28/67 42%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/17 18%
Free Throws: 17/24 71%

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