Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Briar Cliff

January 29, 2014

(Sioux City, Iowa) Turnovers would be the undoing of the Dordt College women’s basketball team this evening as the Defenders coughed up the ball 35 times in falling 88-70 to the Briar Cliff Chargers in a GPAC tilt in Sioux City, Iowa. The Defenders fall to 4-10 in the GPAC and 11-12 overall while the Chargers improve to 6-8 in conference and 13-11 on the season. The Defenders remain in a tie with the Doane Tigers for the 8th spot in the GPAC standings.

The Chargers and Defenders were knotted at 11-11 six and half minutes in to the contest and Dordt was edging Briar Cliff 15-13 and Dordt then went on a 9-2 run to take a nine point lead (24-15) midway through the first half. A Jessi Corrick layup for the Chargers capped a 9-0 run and knotted the game at 24-24 with under eight minutes to play. The two sides were tied again at 26-26 and the Defenders took a six point advantage (37-31) after a Kara Van Dyke three point basket and Dordt held a five point cushion (40-35) after a Kayla Broekhuis three pointer with less than three minutes to go. A 5-0 Charger run tied the game again at 40-40 and the Chargers scored four of the final five points of the half to lead 44-41 at the break.

Briar Cliff tallied the first five points of the second half to take an eight point lead (49-41) less than a minute into the period. A 7-0 rally by the Defenders had Dordt trailing by just one, 49-48, and a Jasmin Schelhaas three pointer tied the game at 51-51 and Schelhaas nailed another from long range to give the Defenders a 54-51 advantage. Briar Cliff responded by scoring eleven straight points to go up 62-54 on a Kaylee Blake three pointer with 12:35 to play.

The Chargers opened up a double digit lead at 68-58 with 8:10 on the clock and were still up by ten at 70-60 and pushed the lead to 16 (76-60) with 5:34 remaining and Dordt would get no closer than 13 over the final five minutes of action.

“You just can’t give a team 35 extra possessions,” remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, “and Briar Cliff turned a lot of those turnovers into layups. We didn’t have enough players step up and show composure tonight and that forces our starters to play more minutes than we would have liked. When we moved the ball well, we got good shot and we hit a good number of those.”

The Defenders were just a made basket below 50% on the night as they hit 25 of their 52 attempts from the floor, with six of sixteen from three point range (37.5%) and a disappointing 14 of 23 (60.9%) from the free throw line. Dordt was paced by Kayla Broekhuis who finished with 16 points, three rebounds and three steals while hitting six of nine from the floor, three of six on three-pointers and one of two from the line. Kim Kroeze added 14 points for Dordt on five of fifteen shooting, going 0-5 from three point range and four of four from the line while dishing out three assists and picking up two steals. Jamie Kok and Kara Van Dyke both had identical stat lines with thirteen points, six rebounds and four assists.

Slone Masters led all scorers with 22 points on six of eleven from the floor and 10-14 from the line while also grabbing game high honors with nine rebounds. McKenzie Shipley ended the night with 20 points on eight of thirteen from the floor with one of five from beyond the arc and three of five from the charity stripe.

Dordt College enjoyed a 38-36 rebounding advantage but 14 of Briar Cliff’s rebounds were on the offensive glass and the Defenders gave the ball away 35 times while forcing the Chargers into committing 22.

GPAC scores from today:
Dordt at 70
Briar Cliff 88

Doane at 62
(9) Concordia 83

(10) Morningside at 80
(25) Dakota Wesleyan 67

Nebraska Wesleyan at 61
Midland 82

(2) Northwestern 74
Mount Marty 78

GPAC Standings:
(7) Hastings 11-2/20-2
(2) Northwestern 11-2/19-2
(9) Concordia 11-3/19-5
(10) Morningside 8-4/17-5
Midland 9-5/13-11
(25) Dakota Wesleyan 8-5/15-7
Briar Cliff 6-8/13-11
Dordt 4-10/11-12
Doane 4-10/10-12
Mount Marty 2-12/10-13
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-13/1-17

The Defenders will travel to Hastings on Saturday, February 1st for a 2:00 pm GPAC contest with the Broncos.

Dordt's Current Record: 11-12 (4-10)
Opponent's Current Record: 13-11 (6-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 41 29 70
Briar Cliff 44 44 88
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 6
Kara Van Dyke 6
Mycah Hulst 5
Jasmin Schelhaas 4
Team Total: 38
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Slone Masters 9
Regan Cooper 4
Heather Haber 3
Kyra Stark 3
Team Total: 36
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kayla Broekhuis 16
Kim Kroeze 14
Kara Van Dyke 13
Jaimie Kok 13
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Slone Masters 22
McKenzie Shipley 20
Kyra Stark 10
Lexi Henschke 7
Team Total: 88
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/52 48%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/16 38%
Free Throws: 14/23 61%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 34/68 50%
3-Point Field Goals: 7/20 35%
Free Throws: 13/24 54%

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