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Eekhoff leads the women's basketball team

By Mike Byker

Nicki De Blaey

Nicki De Blaey

The Dordt College Lady Defender basketball team charted new territory this season, qualifying for the Great Plains Athletic Conference post-season tournament for the first time in the five-year history of the conference.

The Lady Defenders started the year with a 1-7 record with two of the losses coming by three points or less. After the Christmas break the women earned two convincing wins at the Dordt College Holiday Classic, beating Graceland 70-25 and knocking off North Central 101-24.

From January 6 on the Lady Defenders played conference games exclusively, except for one trip to Martin Luther. The Dordt College women dug themselves out of their early season hole and put together a 7-6 conference record in January and February against the best competition in the country. One of the wins was an overtime win over top-ten rated Doane College, 83-80.

The Lady Defenders’ season came to an end with a loss to the defending National Champion, Morningside Mustangs, in a game played in Sioux City in the quarterfinal round of the conference playoffs.

Amanda Eekhoff led the team in scoring and rebounding this season while averaging 14.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The freshman was named 2nd team All-GPAC and also earned player-of-the-week honors—the first time a Dordt College women’s basketball player has earned the honor in the five years the ultra-competitive league has been in place.

Katie Bleeker earned All-GPAC honorable mention along with Shawna Flikkema. For the fourth time, Bleeker was been named honorable mention. The versatile senior leaves Dordt College with 814 career points—15th all-time—and 473 career rebounds—12th all-time. Flikkema earned honorable mention honors after starting all 27 games for the 12-15 Lady Defenders and averaged 10.5 points per game.