Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Morningside

February 12, 2014

(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Defender women trailed 10-0 early in this evening's contest with 8th ranked Morningside and were never able to take the lead, falling 74-52 to the Mustangs in a GPAC game played in Sioux Center, Iowa. With the loss Dordt falls to 12-14 on the season and 5-12 in the GPAC while the Mustangs improve to 22-5 overall and 13-4 in the conference.

The Mustangs scored the first ten points of the night, taking a 10-0 lead on an Ashlynn Muhl jumper at 16:29. A Jessica Jelsema free throw put an end to the Dordt scoring drought and the Defenders scored their first field goal at 14:37 on an Abby Chapman layup at 14:37 to make it 12-3. Jasmin Schelhaas drilled a three pointer at 11:34 pulling the Defenders within four (15-11)and Dordt trailed by just five (21-16) with just over seven minutes to play in the first half. Back to back baskets by the Mustangs allowed Morningside to regain a ten point cushion (26-16) and an Ashley Schroeder three pointer had the visitors leading 31-17 and Dordt trailed 31-18 at the half.

Dordt had difficulties taking care of the basketball in the first half, committing 17 turnovers that led to 13 points for the Mustangs.

The Defenders were able to trip the Mustang lead down to 11 on several occasions in the second half and a pair of Van Dyke free throws had the Defenders trailing 41-30 with twelve minutes to play. A 13-3 run punctuated by a MaKayla Augustine three pointer pushed the gap to 21 (54-33)at the 9:23 mark and Dordt would get no closer than 17 over the final nine and a half minutes.

Kara Van Dyke's 12 points was the high mark for the Defenders and Elise Maresh returned to the line up after a prolonged injury absence to add nine points while Kayla Broekhuis finished with eight. Van Dyke also pulled down nine rebounds and had two blocks and a pair of assists.

Ashylnn Muhl finished the night with 18 points to lead the Mustangs while Lexi Ackerman added ten. Kalene Anderson pulled down six rebounds Allison Bachman grabbed four steals.

Shooting woes plagued the Defenders who were 17 of 57 (29.8%) from the floor and three of twenty-two (13.6%) from beyond the arc. Dordt was 15 of 21 from the line (71.4%) and outrebounded the Mustangs 41-35.

Morningside hit 27 of 61 from the field (44.3%), converting just four of fifteen (26.7%) from long range while hitting 16 of 17 (94.1%) from the charity stripe.

GPAC scores from today:
Nebraska Wesleyan at 47
(5) Hastings 82

(8) Morningside at 74
Dordt 52

(RV) Midland at 77
(7) Concordia 78

(3) Northwestern at 76
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 97

Mount Marty at 88
Briar Cliff 77

GPAC Standings:
(7) Concordia 15-3/23-5
(5) Hastings 14-3/23-3
(3) Northwestern 14-3/22-3
(8) Morningside 13-4/22-5
(RV) Midland 9-8/13-14
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 9-9/17-11
Briar Cliff 7-10/14-13
Doane 6-11/13-13
Dordt 5-12/12-14
Mount Marty 3-15/11-16
Nebraska Wesleyan 0-17/1-21

The Defender women will travel to Lincoln Nebraska on Saturday, February 15 to take on the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairiewolves at 2:00 pm in a GPAC contest.

Dordt's Current Record: 12-14 (0-0)
Opponent's Current Record: 22-5 (13-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 18 34 52
Morningside 31 43 74
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 9
Jaimie Kok 6
Jasmin Schelhaas 5
Elise Maresh 4
Team Total: 41
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Kalene Anderson 6
Jordyn Wollenburg 5
Jessica Tietz 4
Ashlynn Muhl 4
Team Total: 35
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Kara Van Dyke 12
Elise Maresh 9
Kayla Broekhuis 8
Jaimie Kok 5
Team Total: 52
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Ashlynn Muhl 18
Lexi Ackerman 10
MaKayla Augustine 9
Jessica Tietz 7
Team Total: 74
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 17/57 30%
3-Point Field Goals: 3/22 14%
Free Throws: 15/21 71%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 27/61 44%
3-Point Field Goals: 4/15 27%
Free Throws: 16/17 94%

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