Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan

February 5, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) Trailing 70-69 with the ball on the baseline and 2.4 seconds on the clock, the Dordt Defenders executed their out of bounds play flawlessly and found Jamie Kok on the right post and the senior forward knocked home her attempt to give the Defenders a much needed 71-70 win over the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in a GPAC home game this evening. With the victory Dordt College improves to 5-11 in conference play and 15-10 overall while the Tigers drop to 12-13 on the season and 8-8 in GPAC play. In spite of the win, the Defenders were unable to gain ground in the GPAC standings as the eighth place Doane Tigers upset the #5 team in the country, Hastings, 65-62 this evening.

Dordt College would enjoy their biggest lead of the contest just five minutes into the game as a Kara Van Dyke layup put the Defenders up 12-5. Dordt would be outscored 14-6 over the next six minutes of action with Katie Johnson putting the Tigers up 19-18 with a layup at 8:52. Kayla Broekhuis took the lead right back for Dordt with a three pointer at 8:08. The two teams stayed tight over the balance of the half with teams deadlocked six different times including a 36-36 tie with 21 seconds to play as an Erica Herrold three pointer countered an earlier three by Broekhuis. A pair of Herrold free throws with less than a second to play would put the Tigers ahead 38-36 at halftime.

An old-fashioned three point play by Jamie Kok opened up the second half scoring and put the Defenders up 39-38. Made jumpers by Katie Johnson and Amanda Hart put the Tigers up 42-39 two minutes in to the second half but four straight points from Jamie Kok gave the lead back to Dordt at 43-42 at 16:13. Kim Johnson answered with a three pointer to take back the lead (45-43) and a Kara Van Dyke made free throw made it a one point game (45-44). Wesleyan proceed to rattle off nine straight points to take a ten point advantage (54-44) with 12:23 left and still led by ten at 56-46.

A 9-2 run by the Defenders, had Dordt trailing by just three (58-55) after a Van Dyke layup at 7:29 and a pair of Kim Kroeze free-throws following by a Jasmin Schelhaas layup tied the game at 60-60 with 5:12 remaining. The two sides were knotted at 62-62, 64-64 and 66-66 with 1:26 to play. Kim Johnson buried a set of free-throws with 52 seconds to play and another two with 37 seconds left to give the visiting Tigers a four point cushion (70-66).

With just 25 seconds left on the clock, Dordt’s Jasmin Schelhaas launched a three that missed the mark but Schelhaas was fouled on the play, sending Schelhaas to the line to shoot three free-throws. Schelhaas calmly rattled in the first two to make it a one possession game. Schelhaas missed the third attempt but the Tigers were guilty of a lane violation giving Schelhaas another attempt which she made good on to put Dordt behind by just one (70-69).

Dordt was able to force the ball in to the hands of Micaela Erickson as the Tigers inbounded the ball and quickly fouled her. Erickson was unable to get the front end of the one and one to go, giving the Defenders a chance to win it with a made field goal. The Defenders called timeout with 11 seconds to go to set up their play but were unable to get a shot off, losing the ball down on the floor, forcing a tie up. Fortunately, earlier in the half Jasmin Schelhaas dove on the floor to force a tie up that favored the Tigers on the alternate possession, giving this one to the Defenders when they really needed it.

Dordt had the ball on the baseline with 2.4 seconds to go but looked a little unsure about which play to run, but the Defenders had no time-outs remaining. Dakota Wesleyan would do Dordt College a favor, calling the time-out to set up their defense, giving Coach Stiemsma opportunity to talk through their baseline out of bounds play. Option one was to find Van Dyke but she was defended, so Kim Kroeze found Jamie Kok who nailed the jumper to seal the win the huge win for the Defenders.

“That was a great win for us,” said Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, “and it was especially nice for Jamie (Kok) to hit the big shot tonight. We really executed well down the stretch, fouling the right player at the right time and converting the out of bounds play. We did a much better job in the second half stopping Hart from getting wide open looks from the perimeter and she is a handful to defend.”

“I wasn’t even the first option,” remarked Jamie Kok after the game winning bucket, “we had lots of great hustle plays in the second half that helped us claw our way back in to the game and our guards played good defense on Hart. “

Jamie Kok led the Defenders with 18 points, with 16 of them coming in the second half. Kok was seven of nine from the floor and four of four from the line while also grabbing a team high seven boards. Kara Van Dyke and Jasmin Schelhaas both finished with 14 points with Van Dyke also grabbing six caroms. Kayla Broekhuis had a dozen while also grabbing six rebounds, hitting four of six from three point range. Kim Kroeze had nine points to go along with a game high nine assists.

Amanda Hart topped all scorers with 22 points on nine of fifteen from the field with four of eight coming from three point range. Katie Johnson added 19 points and Kim Johnson had 11 with Katie grabbing seven boards while Kim had five rebounds and five assists.

The Defenders were outrebounded 35-29 and committed 17 turnovers while the Tigers had 10.

GPAC scores from today:
(5) Hastings at 62
Doane 65

(RV) Dakota Wesleyan at 70
Dordt 71

(9) Concordia at 72
Nebraska Wesleyan 54

Mount Marty at 46
(10) Morningside 78

Briar Cliff at 75
(3) Northwestern 101

GPAC Standings:
(3) Northwestern 13-2/21-2
(9) Concordia 13-3/21-5
(5) Hastings 12-3/21-3
(10) Morningside 11-4/20-5
Midland 9-6/13-12
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 8-8/15-10
Briar Cliff 6-9/13-12
Doane 6-10/12-12
Dordt 5-11/12-13
Mount Marty 2-14/10-15
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-15/1-19

The women's basketball team will have a week off before returning to the hardwood on Wednesday, February 12 when they host the Morningside Mustangs at 6:00 pm.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-13 (5-11)
Opponent's Current Record: 15-10 (8-8)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 36 35 71
Dakota Wesleyan 38 32 70
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 7
Kara Van Dyke 6
Kayla Broekhuis 6
Kim Kroeze 4
Team Total: 29
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Johnson, Katie 7
Erickson, Micaela 5
Johnson, Kim 5
Piper, Taylor 3
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Jaimie Kok 18
Kara Van Dyke 14
Jasmin Schelhaas 14
Kayla Broekhuis 12
Team Total: 71
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Hart, Amanda 22
Johnson, Katie 19
Johnson, Kim 11
Herrold, Erica 9
Team Total: 70
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 26/48 54%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/15 40%
Free Throws: 13/20 65%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 24/60 40%
3-Point Field Goals: 6/14 43%
Free Throws: 16/20 80%

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