Dordt College News

Soodsma's Jersey To Be Displayed At Hall of Fame

April 25, 2011

(Monday, April 25; Sioux Center, Iowa) The all-time Dordt College women’s basketball scorer, Amber Soodsma, will have her jersey on display at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee for one year beginning May 15, 2011.

The jersey will be part of the Hall of Fame’s Ring of Honor which recognizes young athletes for their achievements in the sport. Current jerseys in the Ring of Honor include high school and college All-Americans.

Soodsma claimed third-team NAIA All-American honors this season after averaging 14.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. She ended her career as the all-time women’s basketball scoring leader at Dordt College with 1736 points.

Soodsma also grabbed 733 rebounds during her career which ranks 4th all-time. The senior from Hudsonville, Michigan snagged 184 career steals which ranks 6th in Dordt history and she had 206 assists and 112 blocked shots. She leaves the Dordt College basketball program having played in a record 120 games.

Soodsma earned first-team all-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors twice. She was voted 2011 GPAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and 2008 GPAC Freshman of the Year and has twice earned NAIA Basketball Scholar-Athlete honors.

"I feel very blessed to have coached her,” says Dordt College basketball coach Craig Stiemsma. “Each and every day, for four years, she was our hardest worker in practice. As an All-American basketball player, she continued to push herself very consistently, each and every day. When you have an All-American basketball player, who is your all-time leading scorer, and was also voted by opposing coaches as the best defensive player (Defensive Player of the Year) in the best conference in the country, you have quite a complete player."

Soodsma is the second Dordt College Defender women’s basketball player to claim NAIA All-American Honors. Lisa Roos, whose scoring record Soodsma broke, was a 1999 second-team selection.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999 in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball.

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