Dordt College Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern

February 19, 2014

(Orange City, Iowa) The Red Raiders put a halt to their two game skid, defeating the Dordt College Defenders 102-70 this evening in a contest held in Orange City, Iowa. With the loss the Defenders fall to 13-15 overall and 6-13 in the GPAC while ninth ranked Northwestern improves to 23-4 on the year and 15-4 in conference play. Dordt now sits in a tie with Doane for 8th place in the the GPAC and the Defenders will need to win on Saturday and the Doane Tigers will need a loss for Dordt College to pick up the final spot in the post-season tournament.

"Northwestern was really good tonight," remarked Dordt Head Coach Craig Stiemsma, "they were absolutely relentless attacking the basket and we couldn't keep them off the boards. Coming off of two losses they showed a great deal of determination and were too much for us tonight."

The Defenders trailed from start to finish this evening as the Red Raiders jumped out to a quick 10-2 advantage. A Kayla Broekhuis three pointer had Dordt within five (14-9) with 15:32 to play in the first half but a 12-0 run by Northwestern pushed the gap to 17 (26-9) with 13:23 remaining. The Defenders were able to trim the gap down to 15 points but could get no closer and the Raiders took a 55-35 lead going into halftime.

A layup by Elise Maresh opened up the second half scoring and cut the gap down to 18 (55-37) but the Raiders blew the game open with a 19-5 stretch that put the Defenders down by 32 (74-42) with four minutes gone in the second half and Dordt would trail by 30 or more points for the duration of the contest.

Elise Maresh tossed in 18 points to lead the Defenders as Maresh hit six of fourteen from the floor and a perfect six of six from the free throw line. Maresh also picked up three steals and grabbed two rebounds. Dordt’s only other player in double figures was Kara Van Dyke, who finished with ten points on five of eleven shooting while also ripping down six boards and handing out two assists. Kayla Broekhuis ended up with eight points, five boards, two steals and an assist.

The Raiders had seven different players in double figures and were topped by Karen Hutson’s 16 points and eight rebounds. Hutson was six of thirteen from the field and four of five from the charity stripe and also had a game-high seven assists. Alli Engebretson and Arianne Gesell both added 14 points, Mackenzie Small and Whitney Vander Maten both had a baker’s dozen while Kleinsasser had an even dozen and Paige O’Neal contributed ten. O’Neal and Engebretson both added five assists and three steals.

Northwestern was able to dominate the boards, grabbing 46 caroms while limiting the Defenders to 27. Dordt was also troubled with turnover woes, giving the ball up 24 times with Northwestern committing 16.

GPAC scores from Wednesday, February 19:
(4) Hastings at 85
(RV) Midland 78

Dordt at 70
(9) Northwestern 102

Doane at 64
Nebraska Wesleyan 65

Briar Cliff at 93
(7) Morningside 113

(RV) Dakota Wesleyan at 82
Mount Marty 72

GPAC Standings:
(4) Hastings 16-3/25-3
(6) Concordia 16-3/24-5
(9) Northwestern 15-4/23-4
(7) Morningside 15-4/24-5
(RV) Midland 10-9/14-15
(RV) Dakota Wesleyan 10-10/18-12
Briar Cliff 7-12/14-15
Doane 6-13/13-15
Dordt 6-13/13-15
Mount Marty 3-16/12-17
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-18/2-22

The Defenders will play their final regular season game on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 pm when they host the Midland Warriors in GPAC play.

Dordt's Current Record: 13-15 (6-13)
Opponent's Current Record: 23-4 (15-4)

Team 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Dordt College 35 35 70
Northwestern 55 47 102
Dordt Rebounding Leaders Total
Jessica Jelsema 6
Kara Van Dyke 6
Kayla Broekhuis 5
Shae De Jager 4
Team Total: 27
Opponent Rebounding Leaders Total
Karen Hutson 8
Arianne Gesell 7
Mackenzie Small 6
Alli Engebretson 4
Team Total: 46
Dordt Scoring Leaders Total
Elise Maresh 18
Kara Van Dyke 10
Kayla Broekhuis 8
Jessica Jelsema 7
Team Total: 70
Opponent Scoring Leaders Total
Karen Hutson 16
Arianne Gesell 14
Alli Engebretson 14
Mackenzie Small 13
Team Total: 102
Dordt Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 25/61 41%
3-Point Field Goals: 5/17 29%
Free Throws: 15/19 79%
Opponent Team Shooting Pct
Field Goals: 40/73 55%
3-Point Field Goals: 8/14 57%
Free Throws: 14/21 67%

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