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Dordt Hosts Briar Cliff Women in GPAC First Round Action Tuesday

February 22, 2008

Women's Basketball

GAMETIME…The Dordt College women’s basketball teams will host Briar Cliff in the first round of the Great Plains Athletic Conference basketball tournament on Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 at the De Witt Gym. The game can be heard on KDCR, 88.5 FM and there will be a live audio and video webstream available at www.dordt.edu/athletics.

SCOUTING REPORT… The Briar Cliff Chargers are 11-19 overall and stand 5-13 in the GPAC and have lost 11 in a row since a January 9 win over Dana College. The Chargers have suffered several injuries this season, the most recent of which came on Wednesday, February 20 when Cat Nelson went down with a knee injury in the closing seconds of their loss to Dordt College. Nelson did not play in the Chargers’ loss to Northwestern to conclude the regular season.

Briar Cliff is averaging 68.3 points per game and allow 73.7 points per outing and have managed to take 750 shots from behind the three point line out of a total of 1778 shots taken this season. The Chargers make 40.3 percent of their field goals and have a 34.9 percent success rate from behind the three-point line. The Chargers average 31.1 rebounds per game and allow opponents to get to 42.2 rebounds per game.

Mike Power’s team is led by Nelson’s 15.3 points per game and she also gets 5.4 rebounds per game. The Jamee Phipps is Briar Cliff’s leading scorer still in uniform with a 12.3 average while Kayla Boyd adds 9.6 points per game with 2.8 rebounds. Phipps gets to 5.2 rebounds per game and Kendra Collins adds 6.2 points with Samantha Pearson at 6.6. Tana Colt, a freshman from Akron-Westfield High School, averages 5.7 points per game and has 56 assists.

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THE SERIES… The Defenders trail the series 34-31 but have really made a run at getting the series close to even in the last several seasons with Dordt winning nine games in a row including a 51-50 win on Wednesday night of last week. The Defenders got 17 points from Kelsie De Nooy and six rebounds while Kara Karlsgodt had 11 points and Kate Du Mez chipped in with 10 and had seven assists with two steals. Phipps was tops for the Chargers with 11 points while Nelson and Kelsi Karkosh both had eight points and Nelson got 11 rebounds as the two teams were even on the boards with 36 rebounds each. Dordt had 12 turnovers in the win while Briar Cliff committed 21 turnovers. The Defenders also made 24-60 shots while Briar Cliff was19-52 from the floor and 8-19 on three-pointers.

LAST TIME OUT… Dordt lost a 72-70 decision at #3 ranked Morningside and were up 70-68 in the game before Morningside made four free throws in a row. Dordt had a chance to tie or win the game but a floater by Kate Du Mez was just strong at the horn for the tie. Kara Karlsgodt had 22 points and 14 rebounds while Amber Soodsma had 15 points and Bre Schneidermann was good for 11 points.

Briar Cliff ran into a buzz saw on Saturday when they travelled to Orange City for their season finale with the Northwestern Red Raiders. Briar Cliff trailed 49-24 at halftime before losing 95-53. Northwestern outrebounded the Chargers 53-18 and made 40-71 shots to 21-58 shooting for the Chargers. Phipps had 17 points and Tana Colt 10 while Kendra Collins had nine points. Phipps was the leading rebounder with five and Kayla Boyd had three steals.

DEFENDER NOTES... The Defender women are 11-16 overall and 6-12 in the conference and finished in 8th place in the conference standings. Dordt has won two of their last three and are 4-4 in their last eight games. Dordt is averaging 82.8 points per game and allow 65.7 while making 38 percent of their field goals and outrebound opponents 42.9-37.5.

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Kate Du Mez is the leading scorer with an 11.6 points per game average with 4.3 rebounds and a team high 112 assists and 76 steals. Amber Soodsma has an 11.4 points per game average and averages 5.6 rebounds per game with 46 steals. Kelsie De Nooy contributes 9.9 points per game and 5.0 rebounds while McKinzie Schmidt averages 9.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. Kara Karlsgodt has lifted her scoring average to 8.1 points per game and gets to 7.0 rebounds per game. Bre Schneidermann has a 5.8 scoring average and a 5.8 rebounding average with 75 blocked shots.

MILESTONES… Kara Karlsgodt became the 17th player in Dordt College history to score at least 800 career points and trails Katie Bleeker’s (2001-2005) total of 814 by 14. Karlsgodt is one rebound short of overtaking Rachel Van Beek’s (2002-2006) total of 617 for 7th place. Karlsgodt is only the 8th player in Dordt women’s history to score at least 800 points and grab over 600 rebounds. Kate Du Mez has 622 career points and ranks 28th behind Van Beek’s total of 626 and has the 2nd highest single season assist total with 112, overtaking Val Schaap (1978-1979) on Saturday. Kristen Hommes has the most dishes in one season with 134 in 1987-1988.

AFTER TODAY… The winner will advance to the quarterfinal round of the GPAC playoffs against Morningside in Sioux City on Thursday, February 28 at 5:30.

THIS WEEK IN THE GPAC… The men’s and women’s tournaments continue with the quarterfinal round on Thursday and the semifinal round on Saturday. Here is the women’s tournament bracket.

GPAC Women's First Round – Tuesday, February 26
Records listed as (Overall, GPAC)
#1 Seed – Morningside (28-2, 18-0)
#2 Seed – Northwestern (27-2, 17-1)
#3 Seed – Hastings (26-4, 15-3)
#4 Seed – Concordia (24-5, 13-5)
Game #1 - #9 Briar Cliff (11-19, 5-13) at #8 Dordt (11-16, 6-12) , 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #1
Game #2 - #12 Midland Lutheran (2-26, 2-16) at #5 Mount Marty (17-10, 11-7), 7:30 PM – Winner Plays at #4
Game #3 - #10 Sioux Falls (10-19, 5-13) at #7 Doane (16-12, 9-9), 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #2
Game #4 - #11 Dana (9-21, 4-14) at #6 Dakota Wesleyan (16-14, 10-8), 8:00 PM – Winner Plays at #3

GPAC Women's Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 28
Game #5 - #8 Dordt/#9 Briar Cliff at #1 Morningside, 5:30 PM
Game #6 - #5 Mount Marty/#12 Midland Lutheran at #4 Concordia, 7:30 PM
Game #7 - #7 Doane/#10 Sioux Falls at #2 Northwestern, 5:30 PM
Game #8 - #6 Dakota Wesleyan/#11 Dana at #3 Hastings, 7:30 PM

GPAC Women’s Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
Game #9 - Game #5 Winner vs. Game #6 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA
Game #10 - Game #7 Winner vs. Game #8 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA

GPAC Women's Championship Tuesday, Presented by Rawlings, - Tuesday, March 4
Game #11 - Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed, TBA

2008 Great Plains Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Post-Season Tournament

GPAC Men's First Round – Tuesday, February 26

#1 Seed – Morningside (27-2, 16-2)
#2 Seed – Northwestern (24-4, 15-3)
#3 Seed – Dakota Wesleyan (23-7, 13-5)
#4 Seed – Dordt (19-9, 13-5)
Game #1 - #9 Dana (14-16, 7-11) at #8 Doane (12-15, 8-10) , 8:00 PM – Winner Plays at #1
Game #2 - #12 Midland Lutheran (5-23, 3-15) at #5 Briar Cliff (19-11, 11-7), 7:30 PM – Winner Plays at #4
Game #3 - #10 Concordia (10-19, 4-14) at #7 Sioux Falls (11-18, 8-10), 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #2
Game #4 - #11 Mount Marty (8-22, 3-15) at #6 Hastings (19-11, 9-9), 7:30PM – Winner Plays at #3

GPAC Men's Quarterfinals - Thursday, February 28
Game #5 - #8 Doane/#9 Dana at #1 Morningside, 8:00 PM
Game #6 - #5 Briar Cliff/#12 Midland Lutheran at #4 Dordt, 7:30 PM
Game #7 - #7 Sioux Falls/#10 Concordia at #2 Northwestern, 8:00 PM
Game #8 - #6 Hastings/#11 Mount Marty at #3 Dakota Wesleyan, 5:00 PM

GPAC Men’s Semifinals – Saturday, March 1
Game #9 - Game #5 Winner vs. Game #6 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA
Game #10 - Game #7 Winner vs. Game #8 Winner, At Highest Seed, TBA

GPAC Men's Championship Tuesday, Presented by Rawlings, - Tuesday, March 4
Game #11 - Semifinal winners at highest remaining seed, TBA




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