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Dordt Continues GPAC Schedule Saturday, December 8 at Crete, Nebraska

December 6, 2007

Men's Basketball

GAMETIME… The Dordt College Defender basketball teams will travel to Crete, Nebraska on Saturday, December 8 for a conference doubleheader. The women’s game starts at 2:00 while the men’s game starts at 4:00. You can listen to this conference doubleheader at KDCR 88.5 FM and also an audio stream at

SCOUTING REPORT… The Doane Tiger women have been a member of the top-tier in the Great Plains Athletic Conference the last several years and are receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Division II poll and have a 3-1 conference record and a 7-5 overall mark. The Tigers have won two in a row over Dakota Wesleyan and Midland Lutheran, snapping a three-game losing streak that started with a loss to Friends University and lengthened with a loss to Kansas Wesleyan and another to Concordia. Doane’s other losses are to Waldorf and the College of Saint Mary.

Tracee Fairbanks’ team is averaging 71.4 points per game and allow 65.0 per contest and are led by Lindsay Anderson’s 20.1 points per game. Anderson is making 47.4 percent of her shots from the floor (92-194) and has converted 23-56 three-pointers. She also leads the team in assists with 29 in 12 games played and also gets to 3.6 rebounds per game. Alissa Holland is second on the team with a 9.9 per game scoring average and is the leading rebounder with 7.9. Nine different players have started games for the Tigers with very balanced scoring by several players. 11 players have appeared in all 12 games. Brittany Lurz averages 4.9 points per game and Nicole Anderson 3.5. Hannah Helman is at 7.9 points per game and Desirae Albus is good for 4.0. Vanessa Munter makes 52.5 percent of her shots from the floor and averages 6.9 points while Amy Fox is averaging 5.9 points per game. Doane makes 46.1 percent of their shots from the floor while holding opponents to 42.0 percent. The Tigers hold a team rebounding edge of 36.2-34.4.

The Tiger men are 5-5 overall and 2-2 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The league wins have come over Nebraska Wesleyan and Midland Lutheran while the losses are to Dakota Wesleyan in overtime and Concordia. The Tigers have one two-game winning streak this season and two two-game losing streaks. Doane is 2-1 in games at the Fuhrer Fieldhouse this season.

Dane Cruz has been the top gun for the Tigers this season, leading them in scoring in eight games and has gone for 30-plus three different times with a high of 33 against Dakota Wesleyan and York. Cruz is averaging 22.7 points per game while converting 75-161 shots for 46.6 percent and is deadly at the free throw line making 58-64 this season for 91 percent. He also has a team high 3.6 assists per game. Cruz is a 5-9 senior from Illinois. Tyler Cyboron is the only other player in double figures in scoring with 12.1 per game and Brett McFarland has a 9.7 per game average with a team high 6.7 rebound average. Kolby Hamilton has started all ten games for the Tigers and averages 7.6 points with 4.5 rebounds. The Tigers make 44 percent of their field goal attemps and 37.7 percent of their three-point tries. Doane holds a 36.9-34.5 rebounding average and are getting outscored by a 75.8-79.8 average.

Women's Basketball

THE SERIES… The Dordt College women’s basketball team trails this series 8-2 which began with the formation of the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the 2000-2001 season. Dordt lost last season’s meeting 67-63 after holding a 27-24 lead at halftime. Dordt led 55-52 in the game before Doane got the back to 63-57 and withstood a charge that had the Defenders take a shot that would have tied the game with :09 left. Free throws cinched it for the Tigers with Kara Karlsgodt scoring 13 for the Defenders and Lindsey Van Wyk had 11. Lindsey Anderson scored 17 and Ashley Howard 14 and Alissa Holland 13 with 10 rebounds. Dordt held a 53-36 rebounding advantage but made just 35 percent of their shots while Doane converted 41 percent.

The men’s series has been one of the more entertaining to watch develop with the two teams splitting their ten conference meetings. Last season Dordt withstood Doane’s charge with Cruz racing the length of the court with :05 left, took a shot and missed and a tip-in hung on the rim and fell out and the final tip-in was ruled after the buzzer with Dordt surviving 70-69. Dordt got 18 from Eric Van Maanen including the last five points on free throws and Logan Kingma added 15. Brent Cole had 24 and Dane Cruz 11. In February 2006 the Tigers were 75-74 winners when Brent Cole made two free throws after getting fouled on a three-point attempt with :12 remaining. Dordt got two shots off before the buzzer but neither found the mark. Luke Ruter had 23 and Brandon Haan 21 while Brent Cole had 26.

LAST TIME OUT… The Dordt women lost a 51-49 decision at the hands of the Sioux Falls Cougars on Wednesday night in Sioux Center. The visitors made a pair of free throws with :02.7 remaining and Dordt was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer at the end of regulation. Dordt was led by Kate Du Mez’s 11 points and four assists while Kara Karlsgodt put in 10 with six rebounds. Dordt and Sioux Falls were even on the glass with 42 rebounds each.

The Doane Tigers were winners over Midland Lutheran on Wednesday 79-66 after being tied 32-32 at halftime. Doane made 38.7 percent of their shots while limiting Midland Lutheran to 25-59 shooting for the game. Doane made 64.5 percent of their shots in the second half and had four players in double figures with Vanessa Munter and Alissa Holland both had 16 and Nicole Anderson 15 while Desirae Albus tossed in 12 on 6-7 shooting in just nine minutes of action off the bench.

The Dordt men turned Sioux Falls away 79-65, leading start to finish behind Eric Van Maanens’ season high of 27 and Michael Eekhoff had 16 with Brian Eekhoff and Scott Van Zanten each graggin nine rebounds and scoring 14 and 12 respectively. Chad Huenink came off the bench for six points. Dordt outrebounded Sioux Falls 35-24.

Doane overcame a 44-34 halftime deficit on Wednesday to take an 86-77 decision in Fremont, Nebraska. Doane made 65.2 percent of their shots from the floor in the second half as they put 52 points on the board. Cruz scored 22 points and got half of those on free throws—making 11 of 12 attempts. Tyler Cyboron had 18 while Brett McFarland, Kolby Hamilton and Jack Lind each had 10. McFarland and Ben Streck both had six rebounds as Doane outrebounded Midland Lutheran 34-26.

DEFENDER NOTES….Dordt College is 1-6 this season and are 0-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference women’s basketball. Dordt has lost two games in a row by two points and three games this season by two points. The Defender women are averaging 62.4 points and allowing 73 per outing. Dordt’s win is over Grand View while their narrow losses have come to Valley City State, Dakota Wesleyan and Sioux Falls. The Defenders make 35.3 percent of their field goal tries and outrebound their opponents 43.1-37.3.

Kate Du Mez leads the team with a 12.9 points per game average and also gets to 4.1 rebounds and averages just over three assists per game. The Brookfield, Wisconsin native also has a team high 15 steals. Amber Soodsma, a freshman from Hudsonville, Michigan scores 11.0 points per game and is third on the team in rebounding with a 6.3 average. McKinzie Schmidt scores 7.7 points per game and leads the team with 7.4 rebounds while Kelsie De Nooy is at 6.4 points per game off the bench. Another freshman, Bre Schneidermann, has a 5.7 points per game average with 4.4 rebounds and a team high 19 blocks. Kara Karlsgodt averages 7.9 points and grabs 6.9 rebounds per outing.

The Defender men are 7-4 this season and 2-1 in the GPAC with wins in the league over Northwestern and Sioux Falls. The Dordt losses are to Jamestown, Valley City State, William Penn and Dakota Wesleyan. Dordt averages 83.5 points per game and allow 71.8 points per contest while converting 48.2 percent of their field goal attemps and allowing opponents to make 45.3 percent of their shots. Dordt also owns a 39.9-30.2 rebounding edge. The Defenders average just over 12 turnovers per game while forcing nearly 18 per contest.

Eric Van Maanen leads the team with 16.5 points per game on 51.5 percent shooting from the floor. Logan Kingma has a 13.6 average with 5.9 rebounds and Scott Van Zanten is at 11.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Brian Eekhoff has lifted his average to 10.4 points per game and 4.8 rebounds. Michael Eekhoff rounds out Dordt’s regular starting five with 9.7 points per game and four assists per contest. Chad Huenink and Mark Rowenhorst come off the bench for 5.9 and 4.7 points per game, respectively. Huenink also averages 4.5 rebounds per game and Van Maanen is the team leader in steals with 17.

MILESTONES… Kara Karlsgodt has 625 points which is 27th all-time behind Rachel Van Beek’s 626 and Colleen De Groot’s 640. The senior from Atwater, Minnesota also moved to 14th all-time in rebounding with 467 and is six behind current Western Christian coach Katie Bleeker at 462 and Lynn Postma’s (1980-1984) total of 482.

Eric Van Maanen went over 800 career points on Wednesday and has 822 right now. Van Maanen also moved up the steals chart where he has 111 and is tied with Nathan Schelhaas (1993-1997). Jerry Boer (1985-1989) and Greg Van Soelen (1984-1988) are tied for 10th with 114. Scott Van Zanten is also climbing in the steals ranks with 101 which puts him 15th currently. Brian Eekhoff is 14 points short of 600.

AFTER TODAY… The Dordt teams will have a full week off before concluding the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule at Dana in Blair, Nebraska on Saturday, December 15. The Doane women play in Chicago after Christmas in their next outings while the men travel to Florida for a pair of games on December 17 and 18 before taking two weeks off.

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POSTPONEMENT…The Dordt College women’s basketball team will face Waldorf on Wednesday, January 2 at 5:30 in a game re-scheduled from December 1 due to the ice and snow storm.

Midweek results…
Women’s Basketball
Briar Cliff 76, Mount Marty 73
Concordia 79, Nebraska Wesleyan 65
Northwestern 103, Dakota Wesleyan 71
Sioux Falls 51, Dordt 49
Hastings 87, Dana 62
Doane 79, Midland Lutheran 66

Men’s Basketball
Northwestern 100, Dakota Wesleyan 95
Dordt 79, Sioux Falls 65
Briar Cliff 83, Mount Marty 62
Hastings 71, Dana 65
Doane 86, Midland Lutheran 77
Nebraska Wesleyan 64, Concordia 49

Weekend games…
Briar Cliff @ Midland Lutheran
Dana @ Morningside
Northwestern @ Mount Marty
Sioux Falls @ Hastings
Dakota Wesleyan @ Concordia
Dordt @ Doane

Morningside 3-0
Northwestern 2-0
Concordia 3-1
Hastings 3-1
Doane 3-1
Briar Cliff 3-1
Dakota Wesleyan 2-2
Midland Lutheran 1-2
Sioux Falls 1-2
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-3
Dordt 0-3
Mount Marty 0-3
Dana 0-3

Hastings 4-0
Morningside 3-0
Dakota Wesleyan 3-1
Dordt 2-1
Northwestern 2-1
Nebraska Wesleyan 2-2
Briar Cliff 2-2
Doane 2-2
Sioux Falls 1-2
Concordia 1-3
Midland Lutheran 1-3
Dana 0-3
Mount Marty 0-3

NATIONAL RANKINGS…Were released on Wednesday, December 5. In the women’s poll the College of the Ozarks is ranked #1 while Northwestern is #2, Dakota State #9, Morningside #7, Hastings #11, and Concordia #12. Mount Marty is receiving votes as is Jamestown and Doane.

The men’s poll is equally littered with teams on the Dordt College schedule. MidAmerica Nazarene was the overwhelming #1 with all 17 first place votes while Morningside is #2. Hastings is #9 and William Pen is #15, Bellevue #17, Northwestern #18, and Dakota Wesleyan #23. Dordt is receiving votes in the ranking. Look for the Jamestown and Valley City State to be in

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